New Delhi: The Supreme Court will start hearing from Thursday on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of three divorces, marriage halls and polytheism.
Chief Justice Jagdish Singh will start hearing a seven-member bench of five-member constitution headed by Khehar. Among them, five petitions have been filed by Muslim women, challenging the practice of three divorces prevailing in the Muslim community, it has been described as unconstitutional.
Other members of this bench include Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Abdul Nazir. The Constitution bench will take the main issue only for the petition as ‘petition for equality of Muslim women’.
The members of the Constitution Ben are from different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim. The hearing of this case has become more important because the apex court decided to consider it during the summer holidays. And he even suggested that he could sit on Saturdays and Sundays too, to speedily decide on sensitive issues raised in this case.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi will help the Constitution bench in this matter and will also see the extent to which the court can intervene in Muslim Personal Law. The apex court itself had taken cognizance of the question that whether women are victims of sexual bias due to divorce or their husbands due to second marriage. By considering the matter, the apex court will also give its decision on constitutionalism and validity of the ‘three divorces’, ‘Nodh Halala’ and the polytheism practice prevailing in Muslim society.