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Woman Given Triple Talaq After She Gave Birth to a Girl

The accused is a Hyderabad school principal

A Hyderabad woman has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her husband had divorced her by pronouncing “triple talaq” over the phone.

In the complaint, the woman stated that she got married in January 2017 and her husband Mohammed Muzammil started harassing her just after one month of the marriage. The harassment increased after a girl child was born to the couple in February this year. The woman also claimed that she had a strong suspicion that her husband was having an affair. She also alleged that she was being intimidated and threatened after she filed a complaint. The accused is said to be working as a principal in a school in Tolichowki area.

Speaking about the incident, the victim said, “On 28 November, he (husband) called me on WhatsApp and abused. He pronounced talaq, talaq and talaq and disconnected the call. I need justice. I came to know that he is looking to get married to another woman.”

Based on the complaint, the police has started the investigation. They are seeking legal experts to ascertain whether the case can be booked under the recent Ordinance on triple talaq. They are also seeking experts assistance to crack the WhatsApp call data.

Instant triple talaq is interpreted as the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice.

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had struck down the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq among Indian Muslims as unconstitutional, manifestly arbitrary and void in law.

In September this year, an ordinance to make triple talaq a criminal offense had been passed. It was only this week that the central government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha to make triple talaq a penal offense. The bill replaces an ordinance issued in September.

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