India Ban Sharia Law On ‘Teen Talaq’

August 24, 2017 Asia , India , News , OPINION/NEWS

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Ratnesh Dwivedi


‘Teen Talaq’ or ‘Triple Talaq‘ is a religious and social practice in Islam to ‘say’ Divorce to Spouses.  For many years Muslim men and women have been practicing it in different countries where Muslims live, despite the fact there is always a constitutional court in each country which looks after such affairs.

In India too Muslims have been practicing it.  As per different versions of Sharia Law taken from the Quran, a husband and wife can divorce each other by mutual consent.  The verbal or written practice of saying Talaq to a spouse is called Talaq-ul-Raja.  Even after this spouses are given three months (in case both do not practice intercourse) and four months (if they refrain to follow it).  In this three month period of restriction the woman in the scenario gets all rights to do what she wants with her husband. During the three month period they can reverse the Talaq.  This is called Minor Talaq and both can remarry each other when they want in future.  The Major Talaq or Nikah Halala is when both cannot remarry each other after divorce and can do so only if a third person is involved.

One more condition is that the husband cannot give Talaq if the woman is pregnant or if the husband is not in a proper state of mind.

The Indian Apex Court and majority of the media believe that this Sharia Law is a torture on Muslim women, most Muslim men feeling that way too.  But religious Muslim leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi of Hyderabad in southern India think otherwise and warn the media to refrain from patronising Indian Muslims. Liberal Muslims like Javed Akhtar, Indian Lyricist and Singer, however support the Indian Supreme Court’s decision (in an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai on India Today TV).

While its credit goes to a single Muslim lady, Saira Bano, who first filed a case in India’s Apex Court, the majority of Muslim women welcome the decision.  The Government of India has appealed to religious leaders of minority communities, i.e. Muslims, to not take the Apex Court’s decision as an invasion of the community’s social and religious practice.





Ratnesh Dwivedi

Ratnesh Dwivedi transferred his skills of the Media Industry into his passion for writing, teaching and commenting on Global Affairs. He has seen the changing face of global politics as a budding media professional who regularly comments on the changing equation between U.S., Middle East and South Asia. He has been writing on the U.S. led strike on Iraq and post war reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later he continued his association with President George W Bush as a Charter Member of the George W Bush Presidential Center, Texas. The center is home to documentation of President Bush’s double tenure and consists of a library and museum.

Apart from his association with the Bush Center, Ratnesh Dwivedi is associated with several other organizations. He is Chapter Member with the Internet Society, a global non-profit organization which works for popularity of the internet. Ratnesh is also associated with
the European Communication Research and Education Association, a premier media research organization in Europe. He is also an Individual Member with the Institute of English Studies, University of London and has a non-member status with the American Astronomical Society.

He has authored five books. ‘The Story of an Intern’ is a reportage book of the struggle of an intern in the big bad media world, while ‘The Cosmic Mask’ is a compilation of nine space fiction stories which he self published with an Amazon company. Third and fourth are awarded academic books. His fifth book on US Intelligence and Cost of War was released in 2015.

Ratnesh Dwivedi bears the honor of attending several high rated workshops of NASA and continuously follows NASA updates. Ratnesh loves to be categorized as a prolific writer, commentator and academician.

Ratnesh Dwivedi attained his Masters Degree from the University of Lucknow in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1999 and is currently pursuing a doctorate on “International Terrorism and Television Channels: Operation and Regulation of Television Channels During Coverage of 9/11 and 26/11” from Amity University, India under the supervision of Dr Sarah T Partlow, Director and Professor at Idaho State University, U.S.

He has been associated with Amity University, where he led a project to set up Community Radio Station and TV Studio apart from his teaching assignment. He is widely published academician in the field of Media and Communication with nearly 30 publications and presentations in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Britain, USA and India.

He is serving as Director-CRS at Teerthankar Mahaveer University in India. He is Consultant with a NJ, a U.S. based Energy Firm, Advisors Energy Group and serves as Country Manager-India with London, UK based Cyber Security Firm-Orion-SAS. He reports for a China based think tank and contributes for global online magazine Tuck. He is Head of India with an Italian based CounterTerrorism entity which works with partner agencies around the globe. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and son.

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