Amid the raging debate over triple talaq, a woman broke the proverbial glass ceiling by uttering the three words to divorce her husband and free herself from his atrocities over dowry. Amreen Bano uttered the word ‘talaq’ thrice at the Inspector General of Police’s office on Wednesday in the presence of media. She asserted that if men can divorce their wives by saying ‘talaq’ thrice, why can’t women do the same. She termed her step as a revenge on her in-laws as her younger sister was given ‘talaq’ by her husband’s brother.
She told the mediapersons that she and her sister Farheen were married to Sabir and his brother Shakir on March 28, 2012. Since their marriage, their husbands and in-laws harassed the two sisters for dowry. Last September, Shakir divorced Farheen.
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“As we raised our voices against the atrocities, my sister was divorced by her husband,” Amreen said, adding physical and mental atrocities increased thereafter.
Amreen had even lodged a complaint against her husband, brother-in-law and four others of harassment. As no action was taken by the police in the matter, she yesterday reached the IG’s office demanding her husband and in-laws be punished.
She then divorced her husband in front of mediapersons. “I divorced my husband as a revenge on the family for the atrocities we had to face. It was also because my brother-in- law divorced my sister.” Amreen said the Narendra Modi government is working for the welfare of women on the ‘triple talaq’ issue.
“All women should support the government on this,” she said. However, chief Qazi of Meerut, Jenur Rashideen, said there is no provision for women to divorce their husbands in Islam.
But he added that a woman has to give an application at a Shariat panchayat for divorce.
The panchayat will first try to resolve the issues between the couple but if it fails, then it can get the woman a divorce from her husband, he said. IG, Meerut zone, Ajay Anand, said Amreen met him with her complaint against her in-laws. He said he has asked the police station concerned to act on the complaint.