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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier hints of favouring Uniform Civil Code for the country is a positive development keeping religious sentiments apart. Apart from that when some of the Islamic countries can amend their divorce system, then why cannot India follow suit. India is a secular nation giving freedom to each and every individual to preach and practice the religion they follow. The issue is before the Supreme Court and the Central Government has already cleared its stand in its reply to the Court notice. Centre stands by gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity in connection with triple talaq issue as per the Constitution. After the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Central Government in the wake of numerous complaints filed by several Muslim women against the triple talaq issue, the government had replied to the notice. In more than a dozen Islamic countries, the triple talaq system has been regulated. So, if in Islamic countries, this system can be regulated, then why not in India which is a secular nation. Even Muslim women too have voiced for justice. Countries like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran and even Pakistan have regulated their laws much earlier. There is no question that ‘triple divorce’ negates both equality and dignity of Muslim women as human beings and citizens of India and can have no place in a civilised society; the point how it can be deviated from religion for betterment of Muslim women. Article 21 provides for right to live with dignity and Article 15(3) enables the state to make special provision for women and children. And triple talaq based upon these principles can never be justified. The lackadaisical attitude of political parties for few votes has made the issue worsen further. If the issue continues to remain simmering for some more time between religious and political leaders it will cause more harm to social issue.

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