As Muslim women across India celebrate the landmark Supreme Court (SC) ruling which declared the practice of instant triple talaq unconstitutional, V. P. Zuhra, who is one among the prominent activists working among Muslim women in Kerala, shares her thoughts with The Kochi Post. The SC while delivering judgment on a petition filed by five women from Muslim community, had struck down the age-old practice of instant triple talaq, on Tuesday, terming it “unconstitutional and unlawful.”
While sharing her happiness on the landmark judgment, Zuhra, a noted activist of Muslim women’s rights and well-being, hailed the verdict as a victory of democracy and said it was a historic one. “Muslim community, especially the women folk, in Kerala welcome the verdict with great expectation,” she said. Zuhra and her organisation ‘Nisa’ have been working among the Muslim women ever since its inception in the late 90s.
“Instant triple talaq is no doubt a barbaric law. We have been campaigning against it for many years. The poorer section in the community is the major victims of such barbarism executed in the name of religion. Even ‘Shariat’ does not approve of instant triple talaq. It only satisfies the male ego and does not consider the emotions and sentiments of the woman who is at the receiving end. We hope the judgment will pave way for more progressive laws for the welfare of Muslim women in the country,” she opined.