Lucknow: Shagufta Shah, a mother of two and a 'triple talaq' victim from Lucknow, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to abolish the 'evil Islamic tradition' at the earliest.
Reports said on Wednesday that Shah decided to write to the Prime Minister about her ordeal after she was 'disowned' by her husband when she refused to abort her third child.
In her letter, Shah spoke eloquently about the pain she was subjected to when she became pregnant for the third time and how her husband Shamshad Sayeed wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, fearing that the third born may also be a girl.
Shagufta, who refused to budge down to the unreasonable demand, was tortured, beaten mercilessly by her husband and thrown onto the streets before being served with 'triple talaq'.
The lady from Saharanpur got little help from the police and decided to approach none other than the Prime Minister himself for help.
Shah, who took inspiration from fellow Saharanpur resident Atiya Sabri, said, '' I wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting him to abolish 'triple talaq'. I voted for him, I hope to get justice now.''
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"Mr Prime Minister, it is my humble request to please help this poor and helpless woman. I also request you to ensure that this evil tradition ends so that woman like me and other victims get justice and live a dignified life," she had written in the letter.
A copy of the letter has also been sent to UP CM Yogi Adithyanath, District Magistrate and the National Commission for Women.
The 'triple talaq' is a Sharia law practice which allows men to end a marriage simply by saying 'talaq' to their wives three times in succession.
While many Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia have outlawed the custom for years, India - home to the world's third-largest Muslim population - continues to allow it.
Narendra Modi-led BJP has recently turned focus to the evil tradition and called for implementing the Uniform Civil Code despite intense criticism from the Muslim bodies.