Triple Talaq: Centre Likely to Introduce Bill in Winter Session of Parliament to End Practice
Lucknow, Nov 18: Days after a Muslim woman alleged that her husband divorced her on messaging service WhatsApp using the provisions of Triple Talaq, Aligarh Police on Saturday lodged an FIR under sections 498 A of Indian Penal Code and Dowry Act. Yasmeen Khaleed, in her complaint, alleged her husband Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan had taken away her elder daughter along with her jewellery worth Rs 5 Lakh. Khan is a professor and chairman at the Department of Sanskrit at the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University.
The practice of instant triple talaq was declared illegal by the Supreme Court on August 22 this year. “He (Khan) turned me out of the house and I have been running from pillar to post to get justice. But no one has helped me so far. However, with the help of police, I did manage to get access to my house on Friday evening,” Times Now quoted Khalid as saying.
However, Khalid Khan had denied the allegations. He said he was deceived by his wife about her studies prior to their marriage. “To the contrary, she has been harassing me for the last two decades. She had hidden various facts from me before our marriage. I later got to know that she was not even a graduate, unlike what she had claimed. I will give her the third talaq too, on a proper date, and no one can stop me. I don’t care what she does,” Yasmeen added.
The incident evoked sharp reactions from civil societies too. Women activist Nilanjana Chakraborty said such actions cannot be accepted from an educated person.
“If educated people like professors from respectable universities do such things, then how regressive that can be. Irrespective of how educated a person is, they have basic religious fanaticism inside,” Chakraborty said.
Earlier, 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.