SC agrees to urgent listing of petitions on ‘Nikah Halala’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list urgent petitions against Nikah-halala and polygamy practiced by Muslims before five-judge constitution bench’s final decree.

The bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, accepted the submissions of senior Advocate V Shekhar said, “We will look into it” along with allowing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to file a response on behalf of Centre, PTI reported.

The senior advocate appearing for their Delhi-based client Sameena Begum alleges that his client was being threatened to withdraw the petition.

‘Nikah-halala’ is a practice to ensure Divorced partners never repeat their mistakes of divorcing their partners often seen as punishment on women counterparts but it is equally disturbing for male counterparts.

A Muslim woman is supposed to undergo the process of marriage with someone else if she wills to remarry her divorced husband.

The women also have to observe the ‘Iddat’ period after the divorce before she can remarry her previous partner.

Petitioner Sameena Begum in her petition said no married woman has the authority to file a complaint against the offence of bigamy.