Police will ensure justice for a Muslim woman from Bhopal who was allegedly divorced by her husband through 'triple talaq' over phone, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday. Triple talaq is prohibited under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019.
"A Muslim sister in Bhopal has filed an FIR with the police on the issue of her husband sending her a message of
Triple Talaq on her mobile for divorcing her," Chouhan tweeted. "I assured her that Madhya Pradesh police will make
all possible efforts to ensure that she gets justice."
"After years of struggle by Muslim women, a law was framed to ban the triple talaq in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but few vile people are still playing with it," he said. "I have spoken to the Director General of Police (DGP) on the issue and asked him to coordinate with the Bengaluru police for taking proper action for getting justice to the Muslim sister."
The 42-year-old Bhopal resident in her complaint said her husband gave her triple talaq on a WhatsApp call on July 31, said Koh-e-Fiza police station in-charge Anil Bajpayee. The accused married the woman in 2001 and they have
two children. All three are citizens of Singapore. The man is currently working at a posh hotel in Bengaluru, the officer said.
The family shifted to Bengaluru in 2013. The woman alleged that her husband often harassed her for dowry.
In June he told her she would have to bring Rs 25 lakh from her parents if she wanted to stay with him, and later forced her to leave house, she said. He also refused to allow her to take the children along. The woman returned to her mother's house in Bhopal.
On July 31, the man called her brother and told him that she was giving him a lot of trouble, so he was divorcing her by uttering talaq thrice right away, the police official said. A case under the Dowry Prohibition Act and Muslim Women Act has been registered, he added.
The woman, who met Chouhan at his office in Bhopal on Friday, said she is feeling quite positive now. She claimed she was not allowed to enter her Bengaluru home or to meet her sons.
"I approached Bengaluru police but got no response from them. In an unjustified manner, I was booked by Bengaluru police on charges of trespassing whereas I complained that I was not allowed to enter my own home, so the case was completely contradictory," she said. "The Chief Minister has also assured me that he will ensure that my husband doesn’t leave the country with my two sons in his possession."(With inputs from PTI and Vivek Trivedi in Bhopal)