Hyderabad Man Sends Triple Talaq Through Post Card, Arrested

Earlier this year, another Hyderabad man based in the United States allegedly divorced his wife by sending her "triple talaq" in a WhatsApp message. In a rare arrest linked to the practice that has been challenged in the Supreme Court by Muslim women, the police charged the 38-year-old man with harassing and cheating his wife.

The practice of triple talaq, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives in an instant, is facing fierce opposition in India. This has made triple talaq a bane for Muslim women who have been unceremoniously divorced, sometimes without any legal recourse.

His wife lodged a complaint with Moghalpura police alleging that Mustaquddin had divorced her through an advertisement published in a local Urdu newspaper. Haneef married the 26-year-old woman on March 9. After several instances of talaq via phone, email, WhatsApp, this incident comes as another shocker at a time when the entire country is debating on the issue of triple talaq. Next month, the Supreme Court will take up petitions challenging it.

The Central government has opposed the practice in the apex court.

Last month the couple, with their 10-month-old baby, returned in Hyderabad, and Mustaquddin then went back to Saudi Arabia.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud observed that "sentiments" were involved in the matter pending before it and a five-judge constitution bench would adjudicate the issue, which required a detailed hearing.

The Board had also said that the validity of Mohammedan Law, founded essentially on the Holy Quran and sources based on it, can not be tested on the particular provisions of the Constitution. However, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) urged the SC "not to meddle with its personal laws".

  • Leroy Wright