Days after a bill criminalizing sudden triple talaq was passed in the Lok Sabha, a woman in Bengaluru alleged she was given triple talaq by her US-based husband through a text and voice message.
Reshma Azeez said, “He left me at my parents’ place, went back to the USA, and divorced me through a message. I am not able to meet my kids also.”
The text message of Azeez’s husband Javeed Khan reads, “I am sending this message in my full sense and I am not under any influence of anger or intoxication. ALLAH as my witness. I, Dr. Javeed Khan (dob 01/19/1976), son of late Taj Ahmed pronounce TALAQ (divorce) to RESHMA Azzes (dob 12/06/1978), daughter of Mr. Azeezuddin, according to ISLAMIC LAW OF SHARIAH. Meher has been wholly fulfilled.”
The woman also sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help in the issue.
Union Minister Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi took note of the issue and said that the ministry has taken up the case on “absolute priority”.
“My ministry @MinistryWCD has taken up the case of #TripleTalaq on absolute preference. The first instance post the passing of the bill, criminalizing the act of instant divorce in the Muslim community will be dealt with and we shall ensure that justice is done,” Ms. Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
On December 27, the Lok Sabha passed the Triple Talaq bill which makes the practice a criminal offense with a provision of three-year jail term.