On April 23, 1985, the Supreme Court gave a historic judgement on the Shah Bano case, enraging the clerics and the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and triggering hectic political activity. As the campaign against the verdict ordering monthly alimony to the mother of five from central India gained momentum, the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi came under pressure to appease the clergy.
Thirty-two years later, triple talaq has, yet again, gained focus. The apex court is to hear from May 11 a litigation filed by a woman against a clause under the Muslim personal law that allows a man to divorce his wife by just uttering the T-word thrice. Questions crop up. Are Muslim women against triple talaq or are they against divorce in one sitting? What about maintenance? What is the AIMPLB’s stand on the sensitive issue?