Calling the Supreme Court's verdict on Triple Talaq as 'historic', Minister of State for Law and Justice P.P. Chaudhary asserted that every individual deserves respect under the Indian Constitution, adding that the judgment would prove to be a milestone.
Speaking to ANI here, P.P. Chaudhary said, "The Supreme court's verdict is historic. We respect it. The judgement will prove to be a milestone in future. Every one deserves respect under the Indian Constitution. There will be equality before the law and equal protection of law."
Citing example of Islamic countries that have abolished triple talaq, Chaudhary further stated that the Supreme Court's verdict on Triple Talaq in a secular country like India should be welcomed.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as 'unconstitutional' by a 3:2 majority.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice.
Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic.
The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months.
The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked "why can't independent India get rid of it."
The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.
CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, "Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution."
The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding 'talaq-e-iddat.'
CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside.
The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on 18 May after a six-day marathon hearing.