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National-level netball player Shyumla Javed gets triple talaq on phone for giving birth to girl

Shyumla Javed, a national level netball player, is the latest victim of the system of triple talaq in Uttar Pradesh's Amroha, which is 380km away from Lucknow. Javed's husband gave her talaq over the phone after she gave birth to a daughter, reports said.

According to NDTV, Javed has sought the help of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the case and is currently living with her parents.

 National-level netball player Shyumla Javed gets triple talaq on phone for giving birth to girl

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Javed's is one of the many cases of the unilateral triple talaq, a practice which allows a man to end a marriage at whims. Under the triple talaq, a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by repeating talaq thrice. The practice of triple talaq also saves a man from having to give alimony after divorce.

And if the couple wishes to live together again, she is forced to undergo "nikah halala", a practice under which a woman divorcee, has to marry someone else and consummate this marriage before getting a divorce to remarry her earlier husband.

Lately, several cases have come up where Muslim men have used means like an SMS, letters, or intimating the wife of triple talaq via their neighbours to end a marriage. In fact, less than a week ago, on 17 April, a woman had alleged that her husband has sent an SMS with triple talaq to divorce her after her family refused to give dowry.

A passionate debate is on over the Centre's stand to oppose "triple talaq" with some women politicians seeking its abolition, even as Muslim bodies accused the ruling dispensation of waging a "war" on their personal law.

Triple talaq, "nikah halala" and polygamy violate Muslim women's right to equality and dignity and are not protected by the right to profess, practise and propagate religion under Article 25(1) of the Constitution, the Centre had told the Supreme Court on 10 April.

Describing triple talaq, "nikah halala" and polygamy as "patriarchal values and traditional notions about the role of women in society", the Centre said these were "an impediment to the goal of achieving social democracy" and contrary to the country's obligations under international treaties and covenants.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2017 18:49:43 IST