Updated: October 24, 2016 5:37:49 pm
An 18-year-old girl, Arshiya Bagwan from Baramati, who was divorced by her husband through ‘triple talaq as per the Sharia Law’, narrated her ordeal at a press conference in Pune on Friday. Bagwan, who got married at the age of 16, said to the media that she ‘refuses to accept the divorce’ and ‘plans to move the family court for justice’.
At a press conference organised by the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, an organisation that has been fighting for the rights of Muslim women, Arshiya said she got married on May 6, 2014 to Mohammed Kazim Salim Bagwan (23), a resident of Baramati and a vegetable trader at the local market yard.
Arshiya alleged that her mother-in-law harassed her a lot, even when she was pregnant. She has a son, who is now eight months old. Daughter of a vegetable vendor, Nisar Sikander Bagwan, Arshiya said, “My parents are not financially sound but still bore the expenses of my marriage and also gave dowry. The financial condition of my in-laws is good but still they harassed me…. While we were married, my husband and in-laws had promised me that they would let me pursue my studies. I had scored 74 per cent marks in SSC exams. In Class XI, I scored 78 per cent marks. But after marriage, they did not allow me to study further,” she said.
Owing to alleged harassment by in-laws, Arshiya said that she left her husband’s home, but tried to contact her husband repeatedly. According to Arshiya, he stopped taking her calls.
“My husband stopped receiving my calls. So I decided to meet him at his work place. He promised to take me back in two days and also assured me that we would stay separately to avoid further disputes. But he never came and on October 8, we received a notice from my husband giving me triple talaq,” she said.
In the notice, sent through a lawyer on a Rs 100 stamp paper, Arshiya’s husband has accused her and her family of misbehaviour and has cited that as one of the reasons for ‘talaq-ul biddat’ (triple talaq) ‘as per Sharia’.
He also alleged in the notice that various meetings were held with the family members to resolve the matter, but her family members ‘quarreled and ransacked’ his house, due to which he filed a non-cognizable offence against her brother and father at the Baramati police station. Arshiya’s family said these are false allegations. In the notice, Mohammed Kazim has mentioned “Arshiya maine tuze talaq diya” thrice. The notice dated October 5 also bears signatures of two witnesses.
“My husband said ‘Tu mazya manatun utarli ahes (You have no place in my heart)’ and gave this as the reason for giving me triple talaq. I refuse to accept this,” she said. Arshiya’s father, Nisar, said, “We were shocked when we saw the notice. We spoke to the Ulema and Jamaat members of our community. But they couldn’t help us as triple talaq was carried out as per the Sharia Law. This is injustice.” Mohammad Kazim gave Rs 3,000 as “iddat” (compensation) to Arshiya along with the notice. “I have returned this money,” said Nisar.
Mohammad Kazim was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to reach him. Meanwhile, Professor Shamshuddin Tamboli, president of Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, said, “Arshiya approached us after reading newspaper reports about our organisation. We are protesting against the triple talaq.”
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