A twenty-seven-year-old Ruksana Khan from eastern suburbs of Mumbai was divorced by her husband who reportedly threw a chit with talaq, talaq, talaq written into her house after an argument with her brother and claimed he had divorced her.
In the said chit, Ruksana's husband had reportedly written 'talaq, talaq, talaq' and these words he along with many other community leaders confirmed his divorce to the woman.
Ruksana was married when she was 19, and since then, she had been victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her mother-in-law, but she somehow went through the ordeal and suffered it all till last year.
VICTIM OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
On one occasion, her mother-in-law bit her on her hand and she bled profusely after which her husband took her to the local police station in Mira road who registered a non-cognisable complaint against the mother-in-law.
This incident led to more problems, but the husband was supportive and she believed him when he asked her to withdraw the complaint against his mother. Ruksana followed her husband's advice and withdrew the complaint, but after that he left her at her maternal home.
But, after seeing nothing happening between them for over nine months, Ruksana's elder brother contacted her husband. And on February 17 this year, they got into a heated argument. The next day, the husband reached Ruksana's house and abused her.
DIVORCED THROUGH TRIPLE TALAQ RULE
He further said there was no relation between them and then threw something inside the house and left. On being confronted further, he told his father-in-law and Ruksana that he had divorced her using the triple talaq rule and the chit he threw mentioned the three words.
Talking about the whole episode, Ruksana said, "My husband claimed that he had divorced me using the chit he threw, but there wasn't any chit found in the house. He has spoken to me and met me and lot of times after that but isn't ready to accept me and claims that I am no more his wife. Clerics and community leaders have their say on the issue, but there's no one to look what the victim suffers because of the rule. We have approached so many community leaders, but there's been no respite and we plan to approach the court for justice."
While her father, S Khan, said, "One day, my son-in-law throws a chit and ends the marriage with my daughter. How is this triple talaq rule justified? She dies every single day after that and hasn't been able to be normal since that day. The Sharia Law is not the break relationships and the law says that the one using triple talaq system to divorce his wife will have to bear hundred lashes. But today, such hundred lashes would result in a man's death. There's no punishment for those using the rule, but the victim who keeps suffering all her life. The government should work out some rule so that victims of this system get justice and do not suffer like my daughter."