Cho­rus against triple ta­laq grows louder

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: In April, Sha­yara Bano grabbed head­lines when she went to the Supreme Court seek­ing a ban on triple ta­laq (in­stan­ta­neous unilateral di­vorce) given by her hus­band through a letter. The 35-year-old from Ut­tarak­hand also chal­lenged the prac­tice of polygamy and nikah ha­lala (where a woman given triple ta­laq has to marry an­other man and con­sum­mate the mar­riage if she wants to get back with her di­vorced hus­band).

The Mus­lim Per­sonal Law (Shariat) Ap­pli­ca­tion Act, 1937 al­lows a man to di­vorce his wife by ut­ter­ing di­vorce or ta­laq thrice in one sit­ting. He can also send a letter writ­ing ta­laq three times. In­dia is one of the few coun­tries that still recog­nises oral and triple ta­laq. In re­cent years, this has taken an al­to­gether new turn with men giv­ing triple ta­laq over phone, by SMS, email, on Skype, What­sApp and Face­book.

A story sim­i­lar to Sha­yara Bano’s un­folded in Jaipur last month when Afreen Rehman re­ceived a letter from her hus­band of two years, Ashar Wasi, in­form­ing her that he had given her triple ta­laq. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P9

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