Given ‘triple talaq’ over phone and fax, sisters seek Yogi Adityanath’s help
Ghaziabad: Daughters of a cab driver from Loni, the sisters got married in 2010 to brothers Zafar and Danish. A couple of years after their marriage, the women returned to their parents’ house and claimed that they were being harassed by in-laws for dowry.Updated: May 11, 2017 07:24 IST
A phone call in December 2014 and a fax letter nearly two months later changed the lives of two sisters in a way they did not imagine. Both were given ‘talaq’ by their husbands working in Saudi Arabia. Imrana, 28, and her younger sister, Mehrana, 25, have now written to chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his help and have joined those demanding an end to the practice of ‘triple talaq’.
Daughters of Syed Ahmad, a cab driver from Loni, the sisters got married in 2010 to brothers Zafar and Danish. The brothers later went to Saudi Arabia for work.
Zafar is working with a private company and Danish as an electrician. A couple of years after their marriage, the women returned to their parents’ house and claimed that they were being harassed by in-laws for dowry.
“They harassed my daughter for dowry and also beat them up. One of my elder daughter returned home five years ago while the other returned a couple of months after her. For the last five years, we have been taking care of them and their children. My elder daughter was given ‘triple talaq’ over phone. Zafar called my husband from Saudi and asked him to hand over the phone to Imrana,” said Sanjeeda, their mother.
“Once Zafar was done, Danish demanded that he wanted to speak to Mehrana but we did not hand her the phone. Later, they sent a talaq by fax which our in-laws showed to us at the police station. Both my daughters have a son each — aged six and five years respectively — and we are now burdened with their upbringing. The situation is such that most of the times we end up paying school fee late,” she added.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders taking up the issue of triple talaq during UP assembly elections, the sisters decided to write to Yogi Adityanath for help.
“We wrote to the chief minister last week. The practice of ‘triple talaq’ and the misery and sufferings it heaps on women must end. We are hopeful that the CM will listen to our problems. We are left with no source of earning and are not in a position to contest the court case we have filed,” said Mehrana, the younger daughter of Sanjeeda.
Their father, a heart patient, said he has not been keeping well since the time his daughters came home.
“Mehrana was beaten up and a relative of her husband’s once tried to molest her. We even tried sending some mediators to sort out the issue but it did not work out,” Ahmad said.
Both Imrana and Mehrana have a son each .
“We have complained to women’s police station about the harassment and demands of dowry. There, our in-laws showed us the talaq letter. We want justice from Yogi ji as our lives are spoiled now. This practice must end as it is only the women who end up suffering. Only my father and brother are supporting us,” Mehrana said.
Arti Soni, station house officer of women police station at Ghaziabad, said they “filed a chargesheet against the in-laws around 7-8 months ago and the matter is now in court.”