Yet another case of 'triple talaq' via WhatsApp in Hyderabad

Triple talaq is a procedure of divorce in which a Muslim man only has to pronounce the word ‘talaq’ thrice to divorce his wife.

Amid ongoing debate over the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’ and the rights of Muslim women, another case of the age-old practice has emerged in Hyderabad. A case was registered in the Sanathnagar Police Station on the complaint of Sumaina Sharfi under the sections 420, 406, 506 r/w 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on March 16.

Triple talaq is a procedure of divorce, recognised by the Sharia Law in India. A Muslim man only has to pronounce the word ‘talaq’ thrice to divorce his wife.

Sumaina complained that Owais Talib, who she married in 2015, messaged her on WhatsApp – ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’ on November 28 last year, signifying that their marriage had come to an end.

“After my marriage, we got to know that Amma Jaan, my husband’s guardian, performs black magic in a ‘darbar’. I and my husband stayed in Dubai for a month. After we returned, they made me work like a servant and did not even give me proper food,” Sumaina said.

“Amma forced me to be surrogate to her by maintaining relations with her second husband. Even my husband didn’t refuse. When I refused, they tortured me and locked me in a room for as many as six days. My father came and took me home.”

“After that, I tried to talk to my husband so many times and solve the matter, but he didn’t take my calls. Soon thereafter, I received a message on my WhatsApp, stating ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’,” Sumaina added.

Investigation into the matter is on. Further details are awaited.

Earlier in March this year, a New York-based man divorced his wife in Hyderabad via WhatsApp following family disputes. The husband – Hussain Quraishi had sent his wife a WhatsApp message saying “talaq” three times.

In another case, Mohammad Abdul Aqeel, an NRI, who divorced his wife, had set his WhatsApp profile picture as talaq written thrice.

(With ANI inputs)