New Delhi, May 3: While taking harsh stand on nikah halala, Law Commission chairman justice Balbir Singh Chauhan invited Muslim women to discuss their concerns about triple talaq, the controversial practice of divorce. The Law Commission chairman believed that a healthy debate on triple talaq would create an atmosphere where Muslims would come forward against the controversial practice. Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan also termed nikah halala as the worst kind of assault on the dignity of women. Also Read - Maharashtra Man Booked For Giving Triple Talaq to Wife Over Phone
“On triple talaq, there should be a healthy debate without any clapper claws and slogans in which women should table their concerns, to create such an atmosphere that people themselves should come forward asking for the change in the law,” Law Commission chairman justice Balbir Singh Chauhan was quoted as saying. Addressing a gathering on Tuesday at the launch of a book on women rights, justice Chauhan remained harsh on nikah halala, describing it as the worst kind of assault on the dignity of women. (ALSO READ: Supreme Court appoints Salman Khurshid as Amicus Curiae in triple talaq case) Also Read - France Plans Hefty Punishment Against Those Issuing 'Virginity Certificate' For Marriage
“Much grievance can be held against the triple talaq but halala is the worst kind of violation of the dignity of every woman,” said justice Balbir Singh Chauhan. The Law Commission chairman also said people should be educated before making or tweaking a law. “When Hindu Marriage Act was introduced, none raised the point that sagotra marriages were prohibited amongst Hindus, and all same gotra girls were taken as sisters. It was a custom for 2000 years. But suddenly Parliament changed the law, neither the people were consulted, nor were they told about it,” he said. Also Read - As Turkey Urges Muslims to Boycott French Goods, Its Own Products Face Boycott in Saudi Arabia
The Law Commission had last year sought public views on a uniform civil code, by putting out a 16-point questionnaire. The commission said the focus would be on family laws of all religions to address social injustices. The Supreme Court will commence the hearing on the batch of petitions challenging the practices of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims on May 11. Under the triple talaq, a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by repeating ‘talaq’ thrice. As per ‘nikah halala’, a woman divorcee, has to marry someone else and consummate this marriage before getting a divorce to remarry her earlier husband.