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Family says it’s ostracised from community, Jamaat seeks proof

A Muslim family of Salaigramam in Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu has complained to the Chief Minister that the Jamaat of Ilayangudi town h...

A Muslim family of Salaigramam in Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu has complained to the Chief Minister that the Jamaat of Ilayangudi town has ostracised it and warned other Muslims against having any interaction with any member of the family.

The complainant, 80-year-old N. Jamal Ayisha of Mosque street of Salaigramam, has charged that the Jamaat subjected her family to various forms of harassment after her son Seyyed Mohamed married a second time without waiting for the Jamaat’s permission.

She claims that her son Mohamed had divorced his first wife after learning of her alleged illicit relationship with a local youth while he was away in Saudi Arabia. Ayisha had then sought the Jamaat’s permission to let her son marry a second time. She was asked to wait for a year and when she renewed her plea for permission, the Jamaat wanted Mohamed to do so personally.

Meanwhile, the Jamaat also refused to accept the talaq. The Jamaat, whose members are her estranged daughter-in-law Mehraj’s relatives, then ostracised her family, alleges Ayisha.

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She claims that a relative who invited the family for a marriage was fined Rs 5,000. Her family is also not allowed to fetch water from the common tap, she says and adds that shops in the area do not sell them anything. Mehraj also filed a police complaint stating that Ayisha and her relatives were harassing her for dowry. They were arrested and jailed but are now out on bail. Jamaat president Pitchai Mohamed denies the charges and dares Ayisha to prove them. He says that under Islamic law, a man should return all the dues of his wife before a talaq becomes effective. Ayisha’s son did not do so, he adds. Members of Ayisha’s family are offering prayers at the mosque. He denies that shops in the area have been asked to stop selling provisions to Ayisha’s family.

First published on: 27-09-2003 at 12:00:00 am
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