Despite the Supreme Court banning the Islamic divorce practice of Triple Talaq, a 27-year-old woman from Hyderabad was given divorce by her husband over phone by pronouncing Talaq thrice.
The woman, Atiya Begum, a resident of Puranapul, had married Sheik Sardar Mazhar on October 18. Mazhar was a property agent and was in a relationship with her for nearly 11 years. However, the marriage didn’t even last a month, as Mazhar ‘divorced’ her on November 13 through phone and has been unreachable since then, said Atiya.
On Friday, Atiya approached Kulsumpura police station and filed a case against Mazhar. However, police referred her case to the Bharosa Centre for counselling.
Speaking to Times of India, Atiya said, “He claimed he was already married and did not want to stay with me. Then, he uttered Talaq thrice. I waited for four days, tried to convince him, but he does not want to talk.”
Atiya had also claimed that she had given Mazhar Rs. 2 lakh between 2013 to 2016. Atiya’s sister Asma Begum said, “It was love marriage. My sister knew Mazhar since 2006. He would ask for money almost every month, citing financial problems. My sister never said no and gave money.”
Kulsumpura inspector R M Ram Mohan Rao, told TOI, “The couple has to undergo counselling at Bharosa Centre. Based on the recommendations of the centre, we will proceed further.”
Despite police referring the case to Bharosa centre for counselling. The woman said that Mazhar wasn’t willing to meet her or attend the counselling.
In August, the Supreme Court had banned the controversial Islamic practice of Triple Talaq through which a husband can divorce his wife by simply saying Talaq thrice.
The landmark judgement was given by a five-judge bench. While three of the judges called it unconstitutional, two others judged that it should be up to the Parliament to pass a legislation bill to officially ban the practice.