JAIPUR: A Muslim woman in Jaipur has petitioned the Supreme Court after her husband divorced her under the provisions of the Muslim personal law of triple talaq, via speed post.
Aafreen Rehman, 28, was married to Ashar Warsi, an Indore-based lawyer in 2014. She alleged that her husband and in-laws had stated harassing her for dowry less than a year into the marriage.
Aafreen said Mr Warsi started avoiding her calls when she was at her parent’s home recovering from an accident. She said he even blocked her on WhatsApp and other social media networks.
Three months later Aafreen received the divorce letter.
“I was sent this letter on the 27th of January 2016 and this is what it said you and I are no longer in a relationship, according to Muslim law I am divorcing you,” Aafreen said.
Aafreen broke down while narrating the incident and said that it was an extreme act of cruelty. “You cannot understand what I went through how I felt when I got this letter. Have you heard of something like this before that somebody divorces you via speed post?” she said.
Aafreen says she wanted to reconcile with her husband, but the provision of triple talaq does not care about the rights and wishes of women.
“A husband can say talaq three times and its accepted in Muslim personal law as a divorce, there is no provision to ask the wife if she agrees with it or not,” she said.
Muslim women rights organization argue that triple talaq was a gross violation of human rights and must be banned in India as it is in 22 Islamic countries including Pakistan.
“We have petitioned the Supreme Court on this issue, one such petition is already in court and this will be second case. But we are not fighting for Aafreen alone. This is for justice for all Muslim sisters,” said Naseem Akhtar, the convener for the National Muslim Women Welfare Society in Jaipur.