Supreme Court: Relatives of the husband cannot be regarded as accused under a Triple Talaq case

Case:

Rahna Jalal v. State of KeralaThe Supreme Court has ruled that the relatives of the husband cannot be regarded as accused under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act. The court held that under this act, only the husband has pronounced triple talaq and not relatives of the husband. Also, the court granted anticipatory bail to the appellant after hearing the Muslim Women.

Section 3 of the act states that pronouncement of the word talaq three times is void and illegal. Section 4 makes the husband punishable for pronouncement of triple talaq. Therefore, a preliminary analysis tells that the appellant, the mother-in law cannot be regarded as accused under this act. The offence can be committed only by the Muslim man who is married to the women who has protection under this act.

In this case, mother-in law was charged under Section 498 A with Section 34 of Indian Penal Code and the Muslim Women Act. She approached High court, where her bail was denied. On appeal, she has approached the Supreme Court.

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