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This is the first such case in Rajkot since the Supreme Court pronounced illegal the practice of instant triple talaq in August this year.
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BMMA was one among the five petitioners on whose plea the Supreme Court invalidated the practice of instant triple talaq (instant divorce) or talaq-e-biddat wherein a Muslim man could divorce his wife by pronouncing talaq thrice in one go.
“I have not violated the Sharia. I have only protested against talaq by messages and phone calls or instant talaq,” Ishrat says. Now she plans to file a maintenance suit against her husband and to get his passport revoked.
“My two children have gone missing. I have lodged a complaint with the police. I want my children back,” said Ishrat Jehan, speaking to the Indian Express over phone. She lodged the complaint with Golabari police station this afternoon.
On the afternoon of August 23, her 38-year-old husband reached her brother’s house, knocked on the door, saw his wife and said ‘talaq’ thrice before leaving, her family alleged. She had married the man, who runs a business in brass products, 13 years ago, police said.
“After becoming aware, students will be able to counsel about talaq and contact couples to apprise them of the bad effect of divorce on children,”head of Darul Ifta Manzare Islam of Dargah Ala Hazrat, Mufti Sayed Kafil Hashmi said.
SSP Love Kumar told The Indian Express, “We have received the complaint. This, importantly, happened before the SC order.” Sources said police are consulting legal experts to look into the fact that the talaq was given prior to the SC order.
“Besides, I do not understand this argument used by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board that it (instant triple talaq) is a gunah but still valid. This judgment though will have ramifications for cases like that for entry of women in the Sabarimala temple,” Indira Jaising said
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The letter has been written by lawyer Nazia Elahi Khan on behalf of Jahan. Khan on Friday handed over the letter to the chief minister’s office. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Hindustan Express, in its editorial on the same day, has remarked that “following this judgement, the BJP is trying to emerge as the greatest sympathiser of Muslim women and expressing its pleasure at its effort to save Muslim women from the sword of triple talaq hanging over them.”