Uttar Pradesh: Wife claims husband gave triple talaq on phone, accuses police of inaction

The Lok Sabha on December 28 passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, that criminalises instant triple talaq.

Uttar Pradesh: Wife claims husband gave triple talaq on phone, accuses police of inaction
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NEW DELHI: Even as the Centre has managed to pass a bill against triple talaq in the Lok Sabha, a woman hailing from Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi area was allegedly divorced by her husband on phone.

The alleged victim of triple talaq has claimed that her better half was in an inebriated condition while he divorced her.

The alleged triple talaq victim, identified as Rosy Begum, has accused her husband of regularly physically assaulting her for the last 3-4 years.

She has filed a complaint with the police, but no action has been taken yet, Rosy claimed.

Fresh cases of triple talaq have been reported from UP, where women were given divorce on frivolous grounds.

In Uttar Pradesh's Rampur, a woman was recently given talaq by her husband because of her dark complexion.

The victim, Amreen said that her husband and his family were unhappy with her dark complexion and the less amount of dowry she brought and hence gave her divorce.

The Lok Sabha on December 28 passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, that criminalises instant triple talaq and makes it punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband, a development hailed by the government as "historic" but disapproved of by a section of the opposition.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on August 22 declared the divorce pratice of triple talaq 'illegal' saying it was 'void' and 'unconstitutional'.

Under the proposed law, instant triple talaq in any form --spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp -- would be illegal and void.

The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir. It would make instant talaq punishable by a jail term of upto three years and a fine, and would be a cognisable, non-bailable offence.

There is provision for subsistence allowance from the husband for the livelihood and daily supporting needs of the wife as also of the dependent children. The wife would also be entitled to the custody of minor children.