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A Supreme Court bench of 5 judges from 5 different religions headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar announced the verdict on the hearing of a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of 'triple talaq' among Muslims.
From the bench of 5 judges, 3 voted for declaring the process illegal while 2 judges felt that the court should not interfere in 'personal laws'. Outnumbering the protestors, the judging panel headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar announced the verdict that triple talaq is 'bad in law' and barred the practice for six months asking the Parliament to pass a concerned legislature in the matter.
The 5 judges on the bench were Chief Justice J S Khehar who is a Sikh, Justices Kurian Joseph a Christian, RF Nariman a Parsi, UU Lalit a Hindu and Abdul Nazeer a Muslim. The lack of a woman judge on such a matter which is related to women's rights faced criticism.
According to reports, the design of 5 judges of 5 different faiths to judge the issue of triple talaq was set up so as to conduct an impartial trial over the Muslim practice that was said to impinge upon the rights of women.
Following several petitions filed by Muslim women challenging the 1,400-year-old practice which allows a man to divorce his wife simply by saying the word 'talaq' thrice the matter reached the apex court.
Muslims are governed under the personal law which was established in 1937, and the Muslim Personal Law Board has since then opposed any court intervention saying that the court must keep out of matters of faith. However, the NDA government has long argued that practices such as triple talaq violate the fundamental rights of women.