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Anger against triple Talaq is on the rise





(The News Bureau)

Anger against triple talaq is growing by the day as more and more victims lent her voice to the campaign.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Saharanpur residents Atiya Sabri and Shagufta Shah, Reshma Parveen has joined the fi

ht against the instant divorce practice and has also approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help.

Reshma also went to a local hospital to meet Shagufta who was under treatment after the pregnant mother-of-two girls was thrown out by her husband and in-laws for refusing an abortion.

The triple talaq is a Sharia law practice in India which allows men to end a marriage, simply by saying ‘talaq’ to their wives three times in succession. While many Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia have outlawed the custom for years, India – home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population – continues to allow it.

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions opposing triple talaq, after women complained that they had been divorced via Facebook and WhatsApp. However, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) has urged the apex court not to meddle with its


s personal laws.

Atiya Sabri too had approached the top court, challenging triple talaq given by her husband on a piece of paper. Police arrested her husband and father-in-law this month on dowry harassment charges. They have been sent to judicial custody. Her mother-in-law, also an accused, is absconding.

Shagufta approached the police and after being denied justice, she wrote a letter to Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. An FIR was finally registered against the accused, who are on the run, after the case hit the headlines.

Reshma was not lucky enough to get media attention about seven years ago and after the police refused to help her, she approached the district court and is still pursuing her case.

“I got married to Ishtekar Malik, a native of Dehradun, in December 2010. However, after a week he sent me back to my parents and the next week, he gave me talaq over the phone,” she told media persons.

“Later, we came to know that he was having an affair with a tenant of his house and that is why he left me. We also approached the police a number of times but were chased away like animals. Then we decided to file a suit in the district court and are still running from pillar to post to get justice after 7 years.”

Reshma said her father died a few years ago and she’s living with her elderly mother. Our expenses are met by the rent from a room. We are leading a very hard life,” she said. After seeing the media attention Shagufta is receiving, Reshma reached the district hospital to meet her.

“I was very surprised and relieved to see how the media has helped her. Now I also have hope for a better future. At the hospital, I met Atiya Sabri. I was surprised to see her confidence and

we instantly became friends as we are victims of the same curse of our religion.

“We are firstly thankful to the media for taking up our cause. Shagufta, Reshma and me are now a team and together we will stand for the cause of women like us,” she said. Not just in Uttar Pradesh, but victims of Triple Talaq exist in every part of India. In Hyderabad alone, thousands of Muslim women have become victims of Triple Talaq. In the last few weeks, more than three women were divorced by their husbands on WhatsApp and the victims are up in arms against their husbands and in-laws.

The victims of Triple Talaq in Hyderabad have lodged separate cases and the police have launched investigations. However, it is a different matter that the investigations are not progressing ahead due to political interference since the Old City based Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) is not in favour of Triple Talaq.





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