This 19-year-old Muslim bride divorced her husband over phone and the reason deserves an applause

'Talaaq, talaaq, talaaq'.

Published: July 27, 2016 4:16 pm
Picture used for representational purpose Picture used for representational purpose

You are aware of the three words “talaaq, talaaq, talaaq” that are used by some Muslim men in certain parts of the world to divorce their wives. But this 19-year-old Lucknow girl Mohsina turned the tables on her husband when she said “talaaq, talaaq, talaaq” over the phone as her husband and his family demanded dowry, reported The Telegraph.

Reportedly, during the unofficial panchayat that was held for hearing the case, Mohsina’s husband Mohammed Arif put the phone on speaker and apologised to his bride for asking for dowry. But the woman didn’t relent and said the three words, much to her husband’s shock. The panchayat then asked Arif to say the words and finalise the divorce because it’s the husband’s word that’s followed.

Arif demanded more dowry from Mohsina on the wedding night itself. She called her mother Anwari Begum who immediately asked her to return. A few people from the village went and brought Mohsina back to Bhagwanpur-Nangla, 10 km away from Arif’s house in Baghpat district’s Daha.

The panchayat also asked Arif’s family to pay Rs 2 lakh to the bride’s mother, the money that she had spent on the wedding. Also, they ordered the prohibition of any wedding in Arif’s family for the next three years. These rulings are obviously not legal but hold immense value in the local communities.

“Both Hindus and Muslims had agreed to last month’s decision against the practice of dowry. That’s why the village elders decided to punish Sattar’s family,” Sunil Kumar, who had presided over the panchayat, told The Telegraph.

The imam of Jama Masjid in Daha, Maulana Mohammad Farman, reportedly said that the divorce over the phone was valid. “The village elders heard it. The bride and the groom identified each other on the mobile phone. A community is free to ostracise a greedy family,” he was quoted as saying.

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