A five-judge bench will be constituted to give ruling on the constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

The next hearing on the issue will be held in May 11 and the bench will give the final verdict on the issue on the orders of Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar.

The statement from the top court came after it heard a batch of petitions filed by women on the Constitutional legitimacy of triple talaq and polygamy practiced in the Muslim community.

However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board had earlier defended the practice, saying it is better to divorce a woman than kill her.

The Centre had earlier opposed the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a re-look on grounds like gender equality and secularism.

The top court has been hearing a number of petitions against triple talaq demanding banning of the same.

Reports suggested that earlier on Wednesday, a three-month pregnant woman from Saharanpur wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking the abolition of the practice.

Triple talaq is a Sharia law that gives a man the right to end the marriage by verbally saying 'Talaq' thrice to his wife – a practice contested by many women and activists in the country.

(With inputs from agencies)