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Ishrat Jahan, a Triple Talaq Petitioner Writes to West Bengal CM Seeking Security After Supreme Court Verdict

Ishrat Jahan had been facing threats from her neighbours and in-laws after the verdict of Supreme Court

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  • Ishrat Jahan who was among the five triple talaq petitioners wrote to the Chief Minister of West Bengal seeking security
  • She had been facing threats from her neighbours and in-laws after the verdict of Supreme Court
  • She stated that the historical judgement of Supreme Court made her extremely happy

Kolkata, August 27, 2017: Ishrat Jahan who was among the five petitioners in the case of triple talaq, wrote to the Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday. She was seeking security from the CM for herself and her children as she had been facing threats from her neighbours and in-laws after the verdict of Supreme Court.

Jahan’s legal adviser, Nazia Elahi Khan, said that a few of her neighbours and her in-laws were accusing her of going against her community’s interests due to which they are subjecting her and her children to threats and abuses. Her in-laws reside in the same locality as hers.

“I have written a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking protection for my children and me,” Ishrat told PTI.

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“Copies of the letter have also been forwarded to the Howrah City Police Commissionerate and the local Golabari police station,” she said.

She stated that the historical judgement of Supreme Court made her extremely happy. However, she, along with her legal advisor was forced to write to the Chief Minister when she started being teased, was threatened over calls and abused ever since the passing of the verdict.

“I urge you to take steps for providing security to me and my children,” she said in the letter.

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Triple Talaq Now Banned In India

While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched.

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India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq,” or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

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The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position.

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After the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced a bill criminalizing the practice and it was approved in December by the lower house of Parliament, where his party commands a majority. But it couldn’t get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats.

The main opposition Congress party is opposing a three-year prison sentence for the offenders and wants a parliamentary committee to discuss the issue to reach a consensus. It favors a lesser sentence.

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In India, triple talaq has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched. (VOA)