Court junks in­stant ta­laq, gives vic­tim main­te­nance

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Bareilly: A day af­ter a fam­ily court de­clared the in­stant ta­laq of 23-year-old Nida Khan as in­valid and di­rected her hus­band to give her monthly main­te­nance of Rs 12,000, Nida told TOI that she now wants im­pris­on­ment for her hus­band, Sheeran Raza Khan, and was wait­ing for the law on triple ta­laq to come into force.

Nida, who is cur­rently pur­su­ing LLB, wants to fight for jus­tice for triple ta­laq vic­tims and is cur­rently help­ing around 20 such women. Her hus­band Sheeran Raza is the nephew of Sub­han Raza Khan, head of in­flu­en­tial Dar­gah Aala Hazrat, which is fol­lowed by lakhs of Mus- lims of Sunni Barelvi sect.

“I want him to serve at least seven years in prison for de­stroy­ing my life. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment should amend the bill and in­crease the term of pun­ish­ment from three to seven years. Af­ter I filed a case of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against Sheeran and his par- ents in July 2016, he claimed in court that he had given triple ta­laq to me in Fe­bru­ary that year. I was dev­as­tated. Even though I have won the main­te­nance case, I am still fight­ing the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case,” she said.

Nida, who as­pires to be­come a lawyer, added, “Vic­tims of triple ta­laq and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can get jus­tice only through courts. How­ever, most of them can’t af­ford good lawyers. I have de­cided to fight for the rights of such women.”

Nida said that soon af­ter get­ting mar­ried to Sheeran on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2015, her in­laws started tor­tur­ing her for dowry. “My hus­band and his fam­ily wanted an SUV which my par­ents couldn’t af­ford. They sacked all maids and made me do the house­hold work. When I went to ap­pear in my M Com first year exam in March that year, Sheeran chased me and did not al­low me to sit for the pa­per. In July when I told my in-laws that I was preg­nant, they as­saulted me and later threw me out of the house. On vis­it­ing a doc­tor I learnt that I had suf­fered a mis­car­riage due to the beat­ing,” she said.

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