Triple talaq dispute in Pune court sees husband douse wife in petrol

After attacking the woman, the accused Sohail Khan was trying to escape from the court premises, but was detained by police. 

pune Updated: Jun 20, 2018 17:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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Furious after his wife refused to withdraw a complaint against him in connection with triple talaq, a man nearly set his wife on fire at the Shivajinagar family court premises on Tuesday afternoon. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Furious after his wife refused to withdraw a complaint against him in connection with triple talaq, a man nearly set his wife on fire at the Shivajinagar family court premises on Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old woman, in her complaint, said, “A divorce case is on with my husband Sohail Shaikh from the last one-and-a-half years after he sent me a notice saying that he has given me talaq and I should accept it.”

Narrating her ordeal, she said, “I got married in May 2015, and since the beginning, I was regularly harassed by my husband and his family over their demand for gold. I was subjected to violence, mental harassment and was forced into unnatural sex, after bearing regular harassment for over a period of one-and-half-years I was sent back to my home by my in-laws, as I objected against the treatment I got there.”

The complainant informed that after she was sent home, the relatives of her husband approached her relative in order to sort out the matter. She said, “In February 2017, they called us to one of their relative’s home to resolve the issue, but during the discussion, my husband was furious and told me that he is giving me divorce by pronouncing talaq three times. After a few months, he sent me a notice that he has given me divorce by pronouncing 'talaq' three times and I should accept it. Only after that, I decided to fight the case and replied to the notice and also registered an FIR against him and my in-laws.”

As per the information provided by the complainant, she has been threatened by her husband in the past as well to withdraw the case against him. “He threatened to attack me twice with acid if i failed to withdraw the case, but I did not give in to his demand. On Tuesday, when I came to court to appear for the hearing, he met me at the court premises and urged me to take the case back, as he will be behind the bars, because of the triple talaq law. However, when I did not agree and turned around to leave, he attacked me and poured some inflammatory liquid over me. Initially, I thought it was acid, but it was petrol.”

After attacking the complainant, the accused Sohail Khan was trying to escape from the court premises, but was detained by police.

Karim Shaikh, father of the complainant, said, “My daughter has suffered a lot. We even tried to resolve issues with them, but such people do not believe in living peacefully. Now, by making an attempt to attack my daughter in the court premises, he has crossed all limits and violated the law."

Shivajinagar police have lodged a case against the accused, and investigation is on. “The triple talaq has been given, but the wife has not accepted the talaq till date. The husband has been arrested for dousing the woman with petrol to trouble her so that she gets a burning sensation,” saidPramod Khatake, assistant police inspector (API).

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 17:05 IST