In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Muslim shoppers walk through a market in Bhopal. Only three words were scrawled on the letter from her husband and posted to her parent's home in central India, but they were enough to shatter Sadaf Mehmood's life. Using an ancient and controversial Islamic practice, Mehmood's husband wrote "talaq, talaq, talaq" or "I divorce you" three times in Arabic, instantly ending his marriage of five years. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA / TO GO WITH INDIA-MARRIAGE-RELIGION-WOMEN-RIGHTS, FEATURE BY JALEES ANDRABI

Triple talaq , or verbal divorce, is practiced by some in the Muslim community to instantly divorce their wives by saying talaq three times.
The ball is now in Parliament’s court. It is to be noted that the Centre had during the course of hearings earlier this year told the bench that it will come out with a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if ‘triple talaq’ is held invalid and unconstitutional by the apex court.
In February this year, the SC said a Constitution bench would be set up to hear and decide on whether ‘triple talaq’, the oral divorce practice some Muslims follow, is constitutionally valid. The bench reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing during the summer vacation.

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