Kadratun Nisa from Orissa, married in 2009 became a victim of triple talaq, when her husband pronounced it during her pregnancy, when she needed his support the most.
Such and many more stories of victims of Oral/Unilateral Divorce from across the country came forward for the Public Hearing (Jan Sunwai) organized by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) on December 17, 2012 to share about their plight and to urge the government to stop this oppressive and non-Islamic practice. Muslim Husbands have evolved innovative methods of divorcing their wife. There are many instances of women divorced through sms, emails, phone calls, letters and of course orally. Many quazis who are paid by the husband send divorce notices to the wife without even giving an opportunity to the wife to give her side of the story.
Not only Muslim women but also their children have been for very long suffering because of this practice, as the husbands in most cases do not provide any maintenance. The women besides facing an emotional setback also have to struggle to raise a family. This situation worsens as most women are not much educated and are left with fewer choices to earn their living.
In the light of Quranic injunction the practice of oral/unilateral divorce is utmost unIslamic and goes against the principles of equality and justice which are the pillars of Islam.
Although Quranic injunctions demand arbitration before divorce proceedings, this injunction is clearly forgotten by the husbands and the ulemas who justify the practice of oral divorce in the name of religion. As a result, Muslim woman are deprived of their rights mentioned in the Quran and are subjected to harassment by husbands and unscrupulous quazis.
The government must intervene in this matter as muslim women are also citizens of India and they have a right to enjoy a dignified life. They must get utmost support from the state whose responsibility is to ensure that all constitutional rights are available to all citizens.
For more information on the Public Hearing (Jan Sunwai) organized by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) on December 17, 2012 visit: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-18/mumbai/35889900_1_talaq-bmma-unilateral-divorce
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