AMU professor denies giving instant triple talaq, says wife exaggerating matter

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AMU professor denies giving instant triple talaq, says wife exaggerating matter

The AMU professor, at the centre of WhatsApp talaq controversy of Aligarh, has denied having pronounced instant triple talaq through the messaging app.

Another twist was today seen in the WhatsApp triple talaq controversy involving a professor of the Aligargh Mulsim University. A day after his wife Yasmeen alleged that Professor Khalid Khan pronounced triple talaq on WhatsApp, he has denied the charge.

Khalid Khan today said that he did not give her instant triple talaq. "I have not given her triple talaq. I divorced her verbally and sent the same via post and WhatsApp. After a month, I divorced her verbally and sent it via SMS. She is still my wife. There was never a third divorce," news agency ANI quoted Khalid Khan as saying.

The incident came to light yesterday, when Yasmeen approached the police complaining against Khalid Khan. The Supreme Court earlier this year declared instant triple talaq as unconstitutional. Yasmeen claimed that Khalid Khan pronounced triple talaq through the messaging app.

Yasmeen has also alleged that Khan is not cooperating with the police. She has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath contending that her husband acted against the Supreme Court judgment on triple talaq.

Responding to Yasmeen's allegations and taking matter to authorities, Khalid Khan said, "I haven't given her talaq, she is exaggerating this matter."

WHAT KHALID KHAN SAYS?

Speaking to India Today, Khalid Khan said he is the department head of Sanskrit at AMU. He has been married to Yasmeen since 1995. He said that the marriage took place through an advertisement where Yasmeen mentioned that she was a graduate and had diploma in fashion designing and is unmarried.

"Later, we got to know that she was not a graduate. It was like cheating, but I ignored all this. She did her BA and MA with my help. Few days ago, we got to know that she was already married to a man named Rashid from Kashmir," said Khalid Khan.

Khalid Khan also said that there were tensions in the family and that he had warned Yasmeen once in 2007 over frequent quarrels. But, things did not improve, he said adding, he was forced to move to a rented apartment along with his daughter.

When asked if there was any instance of domestic violence, Khalid Khan said that he was 80 per cent handicapped and never indulged in abuse. He further said that Yasmeen was bold and independent woman, who served as the president of Samajwadi Party's women's wing in Aligarh.