Chairperson of J&K women’s commission, Nayeema Mehjoor, told media that the Valley has seen few cases of instant triple talaq. In the few cases that emerged, “we involved different clerics from different schools of thoughts, and in most instances they refused to validate the talaq.”
Almost all social, religious, political and civil society leaders as well as the people in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict invalidating instant triple talaq.
Calling the SC order a “win-win situation for all”, Mehjoor said, “Women have got some flexibility. There is a clear message that Supreme Court has not trespassed or intervened into Muslim personal law. And the government which was adamant has got something to cheer for.” Besides, she said, “there is also a clear message for (All-India) Muslim Personal Law Board — they need to transform (and) bring reform.” Hamidullah Marazi, professor of Islamic Studies at Kashmir University, also said there are “hardly any cases of instant triple talaq” in Kashmir. “It (instant talaq) is against the spirit of Quran and Hadith. But I believe change should come through education and reform, not by imposition. We need to encourage ulemas, scholars, intellectuals and reformers to bring about this change.”