THE CRUSADER

SHA­YARA BANO FOUGHT A FIERCE BAT­TLE AGAINST TRIPLE TA­LAQ AND GOT THE SUPREME COURT TO DE­CLARE IT UN­CON­STI­TU­TIONAL.

Business Today - - IMPACT WOMEN - By DEVIKA SINGH

TRIPLE TA­LAQ PE­TI­TIONER Sha­yara Bano will con­tinue her cam­paign against re­gres­sive prac­tices. Bano, 36, was dealt a se­vere blow, when her hus­band of 13 years, di­vorced her through Speed Post. He cited men­tal im­bal­ance as the rea­son for di­vorc­ing her in­stantly while she was at her home­town. This nudged her to bat­tle against Triple Ta­laq or in­stant di­vorce, us­ing which a Mus­lim hus­band can di­vorce his wife by sim­ply say­ing “ta­laq” three times. The re­gres­sive prac­tice, though not preva­lent in most Is­lamic coun­tries, is quite of­ten used in In­dia.

When Bano filed a pe­ti­tion against Triple Ta­laq in 2016, she had no idea her ef­forts would lead to such a mon­u­men­tal de­ci­sion. In Au­gust 2017, the Supreme Court of In­dia, in Sha­yara Bano vs Union of In­dia case, gave a land­mark ver­dict and de­clared Triple Ta­laq un­con­sti­tu­tional and banned the prac­tice in the coun­try.

“I had never imag­ined that this could hap­pen and I would win,” Bano says. But she also stresses that de­spite the Supreme’s Court ver­dict, women in her com­mu­nity are still be­ing di­vorced in­stantly.

Af­ter the judge­ment, the In­dian gov­ern­ment moved to make a law against the prac­tice of Triple Ta­laq. The Mus­lim Women (Pro­tec­tion of Rights on Mar­riage) Bill, 2017, or the Triple Ta­laq Bill, has al­ready been ap­proved in Lok Sabha, and is now pend­ing for ap­proval in Ra­jya Sabha.

Bano’s bat­tle is far from over. She is still fight­ing a case in Ka­shipur fam­ily court for the cus­tody of her chil­dren and de­spite di­rec­tions from court for vis­i­ta­tion, has not been able to meet her chil­dren since her di­vorce. Her hus­band, who lives in Al­la­habad, has re­mar­ried and re­fuses to bring chil­dren for vis­i­ta­tion to Ka­shipur.

While the Triple Ta­laq Bill is now on its way to be­come leg­is­la­tion, Bano, who is pur­su­ing an MBA, has pledged to cru­sade against other re­gres­sive prac­tices in her com­mu­nity such as polygamy and Nikah Halala.

WHY SHE MAT­TERS Af­ter triple ta­laq, she has re­solved to cru­sade against polygamy and Nikah Halala

SHA­YARA BANO So­cialAc­tivist

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