Jait­ley high­lights plight of Bareilly’s triple ta­laq vic­tim

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LUC­KNOW: Union min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley has high­lighted the plight of a woman from Bareilly who was al­legedly raped by her fa­therin-law on the pre­text of ha­lala.

“A re­cent case from Bareilly has shocked my conscience. It re­lates to the ob­nox­ious prac­tice of Nikah-ha­lala in Is­lamic per­sonal law,” Jait­ley wrote in his blog post on Fri­day which he also shared on his Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

“A lady who is mar­ried in 2009 was twice di­vorced by her hus­band through triple ta­laq, once in 2011 and sub­se­quently in 2017,” he said. The tweet was shared by over 3,400 users and drew sev­eral com­ments.

The vic­tim, a 32-year-old woman from Bareilly, had lodged a re­port in July last year ac­cus­ing her fa­ther-in-law of rap­ing her.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port lodged by the woman, she was mar­ried in 2009 but was given triple ta­laq by her hus­band in 2011.

She told the po­lice that later in the year, the man agreed to marry her again but on the con­di­tion of

per­form­ing ha­lala with her fa­ther-in-law.

Nikah ha­lala is prac­ticed by cer­tain sects of Sunni Mus­lims. It in­volves a fe­male di­vorcee mar­ry­ing some­one else, con­sum­mat­ing the mar­riage and then get­ting a di­vorce to re­marry her pre­vi­ous hus­band.

The woman said six years af­ter ha­lala and re­mar­riage, her hus­band di­vorced her again in 2017.

She claimed that a few months af­ter the di­vorce, her hus­band told her that he would marry her again if she per­formed ha­lala with his brother which she re­fused. Be­sides charg­ing her fa­ther-in-law with rape (Sec­tion 376 of the IPC), she ac­cused her hus­band of com­mit­ting un­nat­u­ral in­ter­course and charged five of his in-laws with crim­i­nal con­spir­acy (Sec­tion 120 B).

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