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  • 25-year old women moves SC against divorce via speed-post

    May 20, 2016

    In a bizarre case of divorce via speed-post, a 25-year old married woman moved the SC, after receiving the shocking news of divorce through her mailbox by her husband. It was a divorce, or to be precise, 'triple talaq'.

    After the initial shock, the young woman on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against Islam's 'triple talaq' provision.
    This is not the first time such an incident is happening. Various political leaders have voiced their opinions about the issue.

    Afreen Rehman, who had been married in 214 via a matrimonial sit, has explained that her marriage was rocky since the very beginning and only after months of being together, the in-laws started demanding dowry and also started harassing her family for the same.  "after two-three months my in-laws started mentally harassing me, demanding dowry," ANI quoted her as saying.

    "Later they even started beating me and in September they asked me to leave their house."
    "I went back to my parents' home and now I received a letter via speed post announcing a divorce," she said.
    The triple talaq by post has left Afreen fuming.
    "This is completely wrong, unfair and unacceptable. I've filed a petition in SC seeking the court's intervention in the matter," Afreen said.
     
    Such cases have been in plenty for the past few months. A large number of people, including Muslim men and women have voiced their opinion on the topic, expressing their concern over the law. Most recently, the AIMPLB has expressed disquiet over a petition requesting the Supreme Court to determine the constitutional validity of triple talaq.


    OUR TAKE

    The condition of women in cases of triple talaq have been pathetic. The position held by many political leaders also are in complete contrast to the views held by the general public. As many as 22 Muslim countries – including Pakistan and Bangladesh – or their provinces have abolished triple talaq either explicitly or implicitly. The list includes Turkey and Cyprus, which have adopted secular family laws; Tunisia and Algeria and the Malaysian state of Sarawak, which do not recognize a divorce pronounced outside a court of law; and Iran, where triple talaq doesn’t have validity under its Shia law. If countries like Pakistan, Tunisia and Cyprus have abolished the law, then why the hesitation in one of the world’s superpowers?
     


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