ALIGARH: Refuting allegations of divorcing his wife, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor on Monday claimed that he never gave the third talaq or divorce.
“I have not given her a triple talaq. I divorced her verbally, sent the same via post and WhatsApp. After a month, I divorced her verbally and sent it via SMS,” said Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan, professor of Sanskrit.
“She is still my wife. There was never a third divorce,” he added.
Khan's wife Yasmeen Khalid alleged that the professor gave her a triple talaq – first via WhatsApp, then a text message and finally a verbal divorce when she came home with their three children. She threatened to commit suicide and kill her three children in front of Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor's residence if she doesn't get justice by December 11.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq among Indian Muslims as unconstitutional, manifestly arbitrary and void in law.
"If educated people like professors from respectable universities act do such things, then how regressive that can be. Irrespective of how educated a person is, they have basic religious fanaticism inside," said women activist Nilanjana Chakraborty.