India’s Top Court Strikes Down Islamic Instant Divorce

Indian Muslim women walk at a market area in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
Indian Muslim women walk at a market area in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the triple talaq Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal
Indian Muslim women walk at a market area in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
Indian Muslim women walk at a market area in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the triple talaq Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

India’s Top Court Strikes Down Islamic Instant Divorce

Last week, India's Supreme Court banned the practice of “instant divorce” by Muslim men. Previously, a Muslim man could divorce his wife by simply repeating “talaq,” — meaning “divorce” — three times. 

In 2015, Indian Muslim Women's Movement did a survey in India’s Muslim community. It found that one in every 11 women has had their marriage ended by talaq. Of those divorced women, fewer than five percent ever gets any financial support. To discuss women’s rights in India, we are joined by Srimati Basu, a professor of gender and women’s studies and anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India.