Judges in India have begun examining a Muslim practice that allows men to instantly end their marriage by repeating the word ‘divorce’ three times.
Women’s rights groups launched the case at the Supreme Court, arguing the divorce method, which is only available to men, violates women’s right to equality.
A multi-faith five-judge bench said it will look at whether the practice is “fundamental” to Islam, according to local reports.
The Indian government supports the court hearing, which has been opposed by some Muslim groups who have accused the state of interfering in religion.
5 judges of 5 faiths on SC's triple talaq bench; hearing to begin todayhttps://t.co/lEL44Oby6R pic.twitter.com/Icvu5hfMiD— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 11, 2017
Supreme Court to commence hearing on triple talaq from tomorrow
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The practice currently allows a man to divorce his wife by simply repeating in Urdu “triple talaq” three times.