Woman claims spouse sent 'triple talaq' for not giving dowry

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Released an eight-point code of conduct for divorce, the Board encouraged Muslim couples to try and resolve differences on their own, and if that fails, adopt the "reconciliation and arbitration" method though involvement of family elders, before settling for a divorce.

Personal laws for Muslims are partially based on the Sharia law.

"Only Vidur said people who have committed the crime, the accomplices and those who maintained silence on this issue are equally responsible", he said, referring to the practice of triple talaq.

The board says a woman who does not want to live with her husband has the right to seek separation (khula).

AIMPLB has also come out in support of triple talaq, saying that Muslims have constitutional right to follow their personal law.

The Union government had on October 7 past year opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, "nikah halala" and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

A number of petitions against triple talaq are pending before the Supreme Court, where the AIMPLB is strongly opposing these pleas for scrapping the practice. "No out-of-court settlement is acceptable to us", AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani told reporters.

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Lashing out at the AIMPLB for apparently trivialising the issue, Javed Akhtar said, "What is the meaning of "misuse of triple talaq".

"What is the meaning of "misuse of triple talaq".

"We have conducted a countrywide survey on triple 'talaq.' The findings reveal that the rate of divorce is lowest among the Muslims".

"Just as it is unfair to impose Islam on the unwilling, in the same way it is unfair to force Muslims to follow laws from other religions", he said.

"Muslim women should have equal rights as regards talaq, on par with men", Jain said in a statement.

The Centre has argued that triple talaq violates the right to equality guaranteed under the Constitution as the practice negates the principle of gender equality.

"We want the government not to interfere in any religious and Sharia matters", he added.