Served triple talaq, Aligarh Muslim woman sits on dharna outside husband's house

A Muslim woman has decided to sit on dharna outside her husband's house, after learning she was served a triple talaq and wasn't allowed to enter her own house anymore. According to media reports, the woman, identified as Aligarh resident Rehana, has been married for five years, and has said she won't leave the premises until she is allowed to enter.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

According to News18, the husband's family started demanding money after three years of Rehana's marriage. For the last one year, she had been living with her mother, and when she tried to enter her husband's house on Wednesday, she learnt that the family was gearing up for another wedding. Neighbours then told her that the husband, an advocate named Mohmmad Sharif, had served her triple talaq while she was away.

The incident happened just a day after the Uttar Pradesh government sought views of Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq, based on which it will present its side in the Supreme Court. "The state government will put its side in the SC on triple talaq after taking views of Muslim women", chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said, while holding a meeting with the women and child development department on Tuesday.

Directing officials to prepare a plan for seeking women's views, Adityanath asked all department ministers and all the women ministers in his Cabinet to talk to women organisations. A two-day meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) scheduled from 15 April will also discuss tripe talaq. Many Muslim women have filed PILs in the Supreme Court calling the provision of triple talaq and nikah halala "regressive".

The board, however, has opposed the PILs and filed a counter affidavit in the apex court defending Muslim personal laws and triple talaq. The Centre had on 7 October last year opposed polygamy and the two practices in the Supreme Court, and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism. The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, had referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.

The apex court had taken suo motu cognisance of the question whether Muslim women faced gender discrimination in the event of divorce or due to other marriages of a husband. Adityanath also directed officials to prepare rules regarding compulsory marriage registration in the state. During the presentation by the minority department, he asked officials to modernise madrasa education and include English, professional and skill development courses as well.

He also directed that land be identified in every district for construction of community centres for minorities and all arrangements be made for Haj pilgrims.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 16:12 PM

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