Supreme Court says Talaq-e-Hasan prima facie not improper

New Delhi, Aug 17 (Bureau) Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the practice of Talaq-e-Hasan for divorcing Muslim women is not prima facie improper. Hearing a petition challenging the practice of Talaq-e-Hasan, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh observed that the practice of divorce in Muslims through ‘Talaq-e-Hasan’ is different from triple talaq as the women also have an option of ‘khula’.

The apex court was hearing a petition filed by a Muslim woman Benazeer Heena who claimed to be a victim of Talaq-e-Hasan. The petitioner also sought a direction to the Centre to frame guidelines for neutral and uniform grounds of divorce and procedure for all citizens. Talaq-e-Hasan is a practice in which a Muslim man divorces his wife by uttering the word “talaq” once a month over 90 days. At the end of the third utterance, the divorce is considered granted.