Lucknow: In August, the Supreme Court has said the practice of triple talaq is “unconstitutional” and asked the Parliament and lawmakers to make a new law within six months. The five-judge bench referred to the abolition of the practice in Islamic countries and asked why an independent India cannot get rid of it.
A woman who has alleged that her husband, an AMU professor, has given her triple talaq had threatened to commit suicide if “justice is not done” to her. Yasmeen Khalid told the Times of India that her husband Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan, who is a professor and chairman at the Department of Sanskrit in Aligarh Muslim University, has given her talaq on WhatsApp and then on a text message.
She said that if she doesn’t get justice, she will have no option but to kill herself and her children in front of vice-chancellor’s house.
“He (Khan) turned me out of the house and I have been running from pillar to post to get justice. But no one has helped me so far. However, with the help of police, I did manage to get access to my house on Friday evening.”
Khan had denied these allegations saying, “I had not only given her talaq on WhatsApp and SMS but had also verbally told her in front of two other people and adhered to the time duration as per Sharia.” “To the contrary, she has been harassing me for the last two decades. She had hidden various facts from me before our marriage. I later got to know that she was not even a graduate, unlike what she had claimed. I will give her the third talaq too, on a proper date, and no one can stop me. I don’t care what she does,” he added indicating that he is the real victim.
The police have managed to get Yasmeen in her house but she has not yet filed an official complaint against her husband Khan. The SSP Rajesh Pandey said in such cases there isn’t much that police can do. “We have called both of them here,” he said.