Indian court rules against instant divorce

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India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists, the BBC reports.

In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “unIslamic”.

India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.

The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called “triple talaq” custom.

The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.

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