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In Hope of Justice, A Triple Talaq victim from Saharanpur writes letter to PM Modi

"He (Shamshad) verbally gave me triple talaq and I was left on the road to die," she said

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Lucknow, March 29, 2017: Deserted from her husband’s betrayal, Shagufta Shah from Saharanpur District in Uttar Pradesh writes an emotional letter to PM Narendra Modi urging him to forbid the ruthless tradition of Islamic divorce better known as triple talaq, reported ANI

Making a reference to recently held assembly elections in UP, she reminded Prime Minister that the reason she voted him was the promise he made to Muslim women for abandoning the practice of triple talaq.
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“Mr Prime minister, it is my humble request to please help this poor and helpless woman. I also request you to ensure that this evil tradition ends so that woman like me and other victims get justice and live a dignified life,” she writes in the letter.

The Plight of Shagufta:

When Shafugta, a mother of two-daughters got pregnant for the third time, her in-laws asked her to get an abortion fearing it might be a girl as well. But she refused to budge down to the unreasonable demand and had to bear physical abuse and torture from her husband and in-laws.

“They feared that if I deliver a girl again, she will be a burden,” Shagufta said. “When I refused repeatedly, they started torturing me. On March 24, they forcibly tried to take me to the hospital and, when I resisted, they started beating me mercilessly.” Failing to bow her down to their tyranny, Shagufta’s husband and in-laws threw her out of the house.

“He (Shamshad) verbally gave me triple talaq and I was left on the road to die,” she said.

Her Last resort:

While talking to India Today, Shagufta revealed that she approached the local police station the same day she was thrown out. “However, they took my complaint and only assured me that they would look into the matter. They did not register an FIR and chased us away,” she said in the report.

“Since then, my brother and my father are getting threatening calls and they (Shamshad and her inlaws) are threatening to kill us.”

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Failing to get any help from the police, Shagufta sent a letter to the PM with copies to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the National Commission for Women as well as the district magistrate and top cop.

Actions Taken in Purview:

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions opposing triple talaq, after women complained that they had been divorced via Facebook and WhatsApp. However, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) urged the SC on Monday “not to meddle with its personal laws”.

Shagufta gathered the courage to report the atrocities she suffered from the part of her in-laws by taking a cue from another case of Saharanpur where a women, Atiya Sabri too had approached the top court, challenging triple talaq given by her husband on a piece of paper. Police arrested her husband and father-in-law this month on dowry harassment charges. They have been sent to judicial custody. Her mother-in-law, also an accused, is absconding.

The triple talaq is a Sharia law practice which allows men to end a marriage simply by saying “talaq” to their wives three times in succession.

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While many Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia have outlawed the custom for years, India -home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population- continues to allow it.

The Constitution allows Muslims to regulate matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance through their own civil code, though members of the community have been clamouring for reforms and a ban on oppressive customs.

The government told the Supreme Court last year that triple talaq violates the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and said it does not form a part of the “essential religious practices” in Islam.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)