Triple talaq: Muslim women coming out in large numbers to deposit FIRs in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is seeing an upsurge in triple talaq cases, with 216 FIRs filed by Muslim women since the enactment of a law that makes the practice of instant divorce a punishable offense.

The maximum number of 26 such cases was recorded in Meerut followed by Saharanpur and Shamli where 17 and 10 FIRs were housed respectively, a senior police official said. PTI Tuesday.

These three locations in western Uttar Pradesh have a large Muslim population.

“In UP, women receiving triple talaq go out in large numbers to register FIR against their husbands. Within three weeks (until August 21) of the implementation of the 2019 Muslim Women (Protection of Marriage Rights) Act, no less than 216 FIRs have been filed in the state to date ” , did he declare.

In eastern Uttar Pradesh, the highest number of 10 FIRs was recorded in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency – Varanasi.

The main causes of the triple talaq are dowry, property disputes and domestic violence according to the FIR filed.

However, except in two or three cases, no arrests have been made so far in the more than 200 cases filed.

In order to ensure the effective implementation of the law, the Uttar Pradesh police are considering arresting the accused.

“To ensure that the law is kept in letter and in spirit and that justice is served for Muslim women, we are examining why we should not arrest those involved in the triple talaq. We will do it in some districts, ”said Police Director General OP Singh. PTI.

He said that very soon the police would also carry out an “impact assessment” to ensure justice for Muslim women.

“Very soon we will be calling some case examples to assess the impact to ensure justice for female victims,” he said.

Some triple talaqs were given by phone, text message or directly to women.

Recently registered cases

In a case in Lucknow, a man allegedly gave his wife a triple talaq just inside the civil court premises in the presence of her lawyer after she refused to accept chewing gum from him, said the police.

Simmi, 30, from Amrai village, divorced her husband Syed Rashid.

The woman was talking to her lawyer when her husband offered her some chewing gum which she refused, putting Rashid in such a fit of rage that he divorced his wife, then pronouncing the talaq three times.

In Banda, a woman received a triple talaq from her husband by phone, while in Barabanki, a woman received a triple talaq by text message.

In another case, a man divorced his wife, allegedly to escape the responsibility of caring for their physically disabled daughter.

In another case, a woman alleged that her husband ended their two-year marriage by saying the triple talaq over the phone because she was dark complexion.

In yet another case, a man allegedly divorced his wife in public at his village market in Unnao district using the prohibited custom and mocking the new law which declares oral diktat a criminal offense.

The law of the triple talaq

The triple talaq law entered into force retrospectively on September 19, 2018, after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to legislation that makes instant oral triple talaq or talalq-e-biddat a criminal offense with provisions of ” a prison sentence of up to three years. .

The new law makes talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq null and void, resulting in instant and irrevocable divorce from a Muslim husband.

It is also illegal to say talaq three times orally, in writing, or via SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting.

The law states that any Muslim husband who pronounces the illegal form of talaq on his wife will be punished with a prison term of up to three years, and will also be liable to a fine.

The injured woman has the right to demand maintenance from her husband for herself and her dependent children under the law.

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