Apparently, education does little to change some people.
A woman in Hyderabad has been reportedly divorced by her husband through WhatsApp, just six months after their wedding.
Badar Ibraheem, an MBA graduate, got married to Mudassir Ahmed Khan, a resident of Tolichowki on 7 February last year and they reportedly stayed together in the city for 20 days.
According to NDTV, Mudassir, who works in an investment bank as a software analyst, left for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia soon after.
“There was no problem between us. Even with my in-laws, there were no problems. In September, I went to my parents’ house for Eid and stayed there for 10 days,” Badar told mediapersons.
But soon, she got a message on WhatsApp that shocked her – Mudassir had sent her a triple talaq.
“When I came back to my in-laws’ place, they locked my room and asked me to go back to my place since my husband had divorced me,” Badar said.
And despite her insistence on a reason for the talaq, Mudassir’s family refused to respond and forced her to leave, she says.
Badar filed a police complaint in the case on Wednesday, but no action has been taken so far.
“The incident took place few months ago and we have booked a case against him. He isn’t in the city so we could not initiate action,” the police told Deccan Chronicle.
This is not the first such case where a man has divorced his wife over WhatsApp.
In March, two women from Hyderabad’s Old City area had approached the high court claiming that their husbands had divorced them by pronouncing triple talaq via WhatsApp.
Asking the court to declare the ‘divorces’ illegal and arbitrary, they also asked the HC to issue directions to the authorities concerned, to frame rules and guidelines to spell out the ways in which a ‘triple talaq’ would be valid and when it wouldn’t.
Another case came into light in the first week of April, when a man sent a postcard with “triple talaq” to divorce his wife.
The 38-year-old man, Mohammed Haneef, has reportedly been charged with ‘harassing’ and cheating his wife for mailing the “triple talaq” postcard to his address on the eighth day of their marriage.
“These cases have been happening for decades, now women are coming out and filing complaints against their husbands. We have witnessed cases where the women are dropped off at their parents’ homes by their husbands when they become pregnant, and triple talaq pronounced via letters after the babies are born,” Jameela Nishat, a women’s rights activist and founder of Shaheen Women's Resource and Welfare Association, a Hyderabad-based NGO earlier told TNM.
(The article was originally published on The News Minute)