A Muslim woman from Soro area in Odisha’s Balasore district has lodged a complaint, accusing her husband of divorcing her by pronouncing “talaq” thrice on Monday, the day of Eid-al-Adha.
The incident took place when Rosaya Khatun of Soro Pathan Mahalla area had gone to her husband Karim Khan to seek “Eidi”, which is gifts or goodwill money given to younger members of the family by parents, relatives or close friends.
Instead of giving ‘Eidi’, Khan allegedly pronounced talaq thrice to Khatun, whom he had married three years ago, a district official said.
The practice of uttering talaq thrice was declared unconstitutional and a criminal offence by Parliament on August 1. However, it seems that the law hasn’t become a deterrent yet.
The Muslim Women Protection Act makes giving instant triple talaq in the form of spoken, writing or electronic means illegal with up to three years of imprisonment for the husband.
Last Saturday (August 10), 24-year-old Rubina Khatun from Odisha’s Kendrapara district had accused her husband of divorcing her by pronouncing talaq thrice over phone. Rubina had gone to her parent’s house during pregnancy, but her husband refused to acknowledge her when she sought to return after delivery of her child. That is when she was given instant talaq.
Two days after the Muslim Women Protection law was passed, a man in Thane was booked for divorcing his wife by sending ‘Talaq’ thrice on Whatsapp. His wife Jannat Patel alleged that he had an extra-marital affair and married his mistress, and hence divorced her.
In another bizarre incident, Parmeen in Uttar Pradesh whose husband gave her triple talaq refused to withdraw her case after her in-laws thrashed her and cut off her nose for failing to give dowry.
A 38-year-old man from north Delhi was arrested by police after his wife filed a complaint for instantly divorcing her by talaq and sending fatwa on WhatsApp. The woman said she was being harassed by her family and his husbands for dowry. According to police, this was the first case registered in the national capital.