Aamir Khan | Written by Aninda Dey
Rampur, December 27, 2017
Merely four months into her marriage, Gul Afsha has been triple talaq-ed by her husband for over-sleeping one morning. This comes just ahead of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's plans to introduce the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 28th December 2017. Reportedly there are political parties and some NGOs very strangely headed by women, which are conspiring to stall the Bill in the parliament. India, as Emperor Alexander the Great is reported to have told his deputy Selucas, is a strange country. In most developed countries of the world, including many muslim countries, there is only one uniform civil code, including marriage, divorce and inheritance applicable to all citizens. Only in India there are, religion-wise, even region-wise, separate laws of marriage, inheritence, etc. Human rights and civic liberties like right to education, health, marriage, inheritance, etc cannot vary according to one's religion, caste and creed, for they affect all citizens across religions and faiths. If these were allowed to continue, it would tantamount to the British policy of divide and rule and weaken our country from within. Religion is absolutely personal and cannot override common/public civic liberties including freedom from sound pollution and blockade of public roads in the name of practice of religion. Therefore, this differential treatment must be done away with forthwith. To avoid confusion and to simplify the law of the land, it is high time, Uniform Civil Code (UCC) was legislated. Isaac Gomes, Asso. Editor, Church Citizens' Voice.
It was the worst nightmare for Gul Afsha, who woke up to discover her husband Qasim uttering the three dreaded words. Yes, it was "talaq, talaq, talaq" for Gul, who was divorced and thrown out of the house only because she had 'overslept'.
The shocking incident occurred at Nagaliya Aqil village in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. This comes just ahead of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's plans to introduce the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
"He said, 'talaq, talaq, talaq,' just because I woke up late,'' a weeping Gul told India Today.
Merely four months had passed since she married Qasim, a truck driver, defying her family. According to Gul, their relationship soured within months with Qasim often abusing her physically. Gul could not sleep on Monday night after he again "beat her up" due to which she woke up late.
Azimnagar SHO Sanjay Yadav said that Gul refused to lodge complaint against Qasim, who has not returned since Tuesday. Though villagers said that waking up late could not have been the reason for the divorce, Gul sticks to her claim.
If the Bill, which was cleared by the Cabinet last month, becomes law, a Muslim man seeking divorce via triple talaq- whether spoken, in writing or email, SMS and WhatsApp- will be jailed for three years.