A woman from Jaipur has moved Supreme Court after she received divorce letter via speed post. 25-year old Afreen Rehman got married to Syed Ashhar Ali Warsi, a resident of Indore, in the year 2014. They had met each other through a matrimonial site.
It all started post two- three months of her marriage. She said, “After two- three months my in-laws started mentally harassing me, demanding dowry.” Alleging dowry demands, she further added, “Later they even started beating me and in the month of September they asked me to leave house. I went back to my parents’ home and now I received a letter via speed post announcing a divorce.”
This divorce through speed post or so to say ‘triple talaq’ came as a shock to her. Later, on Wednesday she moved the Supreme Court against Islam’s triple talaq provision. She filed a petition in the apex court after she received the speed post.
Afreen also went to her husband’s house in Indore with her two brothers, but found the house locked. Later, she learned that her husband had shifted to his ancestral home along with his family. She then filed an FIR and her husband was detained thereafter.
She said that this is completely wrong and unacceptable. The court has admitted her petition and also sent a notice to her husband. This is a practice followed by Muslims known as Talaq-e-Ibadat. In this practice, a man can divorce his wife just by saying the word Talaq more than once during the wife’s menstrual cycle. Besides that, he can also get talaq by saying this word three times and this practice is known as unilateral triple talaq.
The President of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB), Shaista Ambar has demanded to abolish the triple talaq system. A high level committee has been set up by the Centre to review the status of women in India. Also, they have recommended a ban on this practice of oral, unilateral and triple talaq system.