India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.
The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.
Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq,” or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.
The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.
India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position.
After the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced a bill criminalizing the practice and it was approved in December by the lower house of Parliament, where his party commands a majority. But it couldn’t get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats.
The main opposition Congress party is opposing a three-year prison sentence for the offenders and wants a parliamentary committee to discuss the issue to reach a consensus. It favors a lesser sentence.
In India, triple talaq has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched. (VOA)
The Australian Open 2020 will last until February 2, but this championship has already turned out to be extremely interesting and rich in top news and unique interesting facts specific to this year. While the players and the outcome of the matches are the most important part of every single tournament, it is equally important that the championships and people who make them happen are working on improving themselves every year.
The sustainability movement has been growing this past year and the talk about promoting more ethical and climate-friendly practices has become more frequent. People now expect that the companies they work for or support will have the necessary regulations and will follow sustainable practices. The companies hosting and organizing important sporting events are no exception. In fact, the pressure us on powerful firms and enterprises to take action and become leaders in this direction. This attitude will likely become even more common among big companies and championships and we will see that as a normal thing soon enough but before that can become a reality Australian Open 2020 decided to take the first step.
Promoting ethical practices
It seems like the Australian Open is one of the first championships to take this movement seriously enough to bring about actual changes. In AO 2020 all the staff is wearing recycled polyester coming from India. Tirupur connection is the company behind these t-shirts and it is a Tirupur based company that has contributed 25,000 100% recycled polyester garments to Australia. The t-shirts are made specifically from Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles, something that the company specializes in. Tirupur Connection has been making apparel from the recycled fiber blended with waster cotton for a while and was kind enough to share these resources with the Australian Open. AO is setting an example of how to promote ethical practices not only by talking about the necessity of change but also through their actions.
Not only will this move promote the Australian Open as a tournament that cares about the environment, it will also send a message that the championship cares enough about its fans to listen to their concerns.
Responsibility of big companies
Tournaments like these have the power to send important messages to all the people watching. AO decided to actually do what other companies and tournaments are preaching and to promote sustainability through that actually work. It is very important that these big companies and entities take the first step towards making a change since they are most likely the ones in power to actually be able to afford such major changes. The fact that fully recycle clothing is easily accessible is an important factor to promote.
And while there are sustainable brands in Australia as well the country and the championship decided to support India on this one. This is also a very gracious move on the tournaments part and will likely earn it even more sympathy.