A Muslim woman in Meerut announced separation from her “abusive” husband using triple talaq, a provision reserved for men of the community to divorce their wives.
Accompanied by Hindu Mahasabha activists and her sister, Amreen made the announcement in front of mediapersons at the office of inspector general (IG), Meerut zone, Ajay Anand on Wednesday.
Among certain controversial religious practices among Muslims, triple talaq—a provision by which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by pronouncing the word talaq thrice—has been opposed by the BJP-led Centre, terming the practice unequal and discriminatory against women, and impacting their dignity and right to life, provided in the Constitution.
However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has criticised the move, saying the BJP was trying to impose a uniform civil code in the country, to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged Muslims not to view the issue through a “political lens”.
A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will commence hearing from May 11 to decide on the constitutional validity of the practices of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims.
Amreen, daughter of Nizamuddin of Narheda village in Uttar Pradesh’s Kharkhauda, had married Sabir of Ladpura village on March 28, 2012. On the same day, her sister Farheen had married Sabir’s brother, Shakir.
Both the sisters claimed their husbands used to torture them for dowry. Farheen said she had gotten divorced in September last year. After that, Amreen said her husband started torturing her too.
“One day, they tried to burn me by throwing kerosene oil on me. I was saved by the neighbours,” she claimed.
She approached police but got no help. Left with no choice, she came to IG office with Hindu Mahasabha activists on Wednesday.
The IG, Ajay Anand gave them a patient hearing and assured help, but they were not satisfied and declared that they would meet chief minister Yogi Adityanath and share their grief with him.
Amreen has also filed a case of dowry harassment against Sabir.