SC declines to entertain petitions against triple talaq ordinance

New Delhi: An attempt to seek judicial intervention against the triple talaq ordinance was not successful on Monday when the Supreme Court refused to consider petitions against a fresh ordinance or executive order.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “We can’t do much if the bill isn’t passed in the Rajya Sabha and the (Lower) House is now dissolved.”

The top judge’s decision came on a bundle of petitions against the ordinance that makes instant triple talaq a crime.

Any Muslim man, who divorces his wife through triple talaq can be jailed for up to three years and fined under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018.

Ordinance had lapsed twice earlier

However, the ordinance had lapsed twice earlier as an amended version of the bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha.

The government does not have a majority in the Upper House and the Opposition insisted on a joint select panel to review the bill against instant divorce but did not get its way either. The ordinance was issued for the third time last month.

The Centre had made certain amendments in the original version of the ordinance last year. It said the changes had been made keeping in mind feedback and suggestions received from the public and experts.