Pregnant woman writes to Modi and Adityanath urging for end to triple talaq

Updated on Apr 12, 2017 04:43 PM IST

A three-month pregnant woman has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging to bring an end to triple talaq after her husband abandoned her fearing she may give birth to a girl again.

The issue of triple talaq put the BJP-led NDA in a bind with several woman groups fighting for the practice to be banned while others, including Muslim clerics, have opposed the move.(PTI File Photo)
The issue of triple talaq put the BJP-led NDA in a bind with several woman groups fighting for the practice to be banned while others, including Muslim clerics, have opposed the move.(PTI File Photo)
Saharanpur (UP) | ByPTI

A three-month pregnant woman has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to end the practice of ‘triple talaq’ after her husband abandoned her fearing she may give birth to a girl again.

The woman, Shagufta, claimed her in-laws were pressurising her to go for abortion, while her husband had verbally divorced her over the issue and threw her out of the house.

The mother of two girls has written to Prime Minister Modi and sent a copy of the letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to apprise them of her situation.

Working on the complaint of Shagufta, the police filed an FIR on Thursday and initiated a probe in the matter which was reported in Nanauta area of Saharanpur on March 24.

In her letter, Shagufta said she married Shamshad, resident of Budhakheda village, five years ago. They had two daughters which had angered her in-laws. When she got pregnant a third time, they wanted her to abort the three-month old foetus, fearing she may give birth to a girl again.

She claimed that she was assaulted by her in-laws and husband, who divorced her using the traditional Islamic method of triple talaq.

Triple talaq is a Sharia law that gives a man the right to end the marriage by verbally saying ‘Talaq’ thrice to his wife.

Shamshad had also hit her on the stomach in an attempt to kill the foetus, Shagufta claimed in her letter.

She urged the Prime Minister to bring an end to the practice soon, and alleged that when she went to Nanauta police station, her complaint was not registered.

It was only after she wrote to the PM and the CM that the police filed an FIR in the case on Thursday.

Shamshad and brothers-in-law Naushad, Zafar Ali and Iliyas have been booked for attempting to prevent the child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth under IPC section 315 and other related offences.

The woman, meanwhile, has been sent for medical examination, a police official said.

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