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‘I had no say… husband felt like talaq, suddenly I was homeless’

After Shayara Bano, Gulshan of Rampur in UP has filed a petition in Supreme Court asking for abolishing the practice of triple talaq.

Written by Shalini Nair | New Delhi |
June 30, 2016 4:34:02 am
Gulshan Parveen. (Source: Express) Gulshan Parveen. (Source: Express)

Gulshan Parveen, 30, cannot figure out why her consent matters in nikah and why it is irrelevant when it comes to talaq.

After Shayara Bano, Gulshan of Rampur in UP has filed a petition in Supreme Court asking for abolishing the practice of triple talaq. The English literature postgraduate says her husband sent her a talaqnama after subjecting her to domestic violence for dowry for over two years.

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“I had no say. My husband felt like it one fine day and suddenly both my two-year-old son Ridan and I were homeless,” said Gulshan, who was sent the talaqnama on a Rs 10 stamp paper when she was with her parents last year. She refused to accept it, following which her husband approached Rampur family court asking for dissolution of marriage based on the talaqnama.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court clubbed her petition with that of Uttarakhand-based Shayara Bano after Gulshan had approached the advocates dealing with the latter’s case.

Gulshan, youngest of six, married in April 2013. Last year, her husband was arrested on charges of dowry harassment and criminal intimidation. “Even after receiving Rs 2.5 lakh, clothes, electronics, furniture and crockery, they weren’t happy. My husband worked in Noida while I stayed in Rampur with my in-laws who took away my jewellery and demanded a car. On the few occasions my husband came home, I was often beaten with a iron rod,” she said.

For now, Gulshan shuttles between a rented house in Delhi and her brother’s home in Ghaziabad. “The only reason I want to return to my husband is that my son can grow up in a family,” she said.

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