The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has undertaken a research on unilateral triple talaq, also known as Talaq ul biddat, currently being discussed due to the Shayara Bano versus Union of India's upcoming case in the Supreme Court and others challenging this practice along with Nikkah Halala and polygamy.
The DCW Act, 1994, under Sec.10 (i) (a,b,c) mandates the DCW to investigate and examine all matters related to safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and give recommendations for effective implementation of those safeguards for improving the conditions of women in the Capital.
The DCW is of the opinion that issues raised in the Shayara Bano case are pertinent to the lives of Muslim women in India.The commission will exercise its mandate and give recommendations in this regard.
The DCW, which wishes to formulate its recommendations through a consultative and evidence-based process, is undertaking some steps in this regard.
It is holding consultation sessions with experts in Sharia and Islamic jurisprudence as well as with legal experts.
The women rights body is seeking a copy of all the laws pertaining to unilateral triple talaq, marriage, divorce and polygamy in existence in Islamic nations globally as well as in nations with a significant Islamic population to study these laws in-depth and understand the existing best practices on the issue.
The Commission is formulating a research project to understand the existing condition of Muslim women in Delhi with respect to this issue.
It is also planning to hold a public consultation.
The DCW has called for recommendations and suggestions from people.
-With agency inputs