Months after ban, Odisha man utters triple talaq to wife in a bid to separate

Kendrapara: After Supreme Court judgement and subsequent law passed by the Indian Government on banning triple talaq, a Muslim man from Odisha allegedly wanted to separate from his wife by uttering triple talaq over phone. The incident was reported from Balisahi village in Aul block of the district today.

According to sources, one Taksima Khatun has alleged that her husband Sheikh Rija Ahmed, who works as a painting labourer in Punjab called her up on October 10 and sought separation through triple talaq.

Following the incident, Khatun submitted her complaint report at Pattamundai police station.

Sheikh Abdul Munan, father of Taksima said “My son-in-law wanted a motorcycle as dowry from us and had an argument with my daughter over the same.”

Sources said, when Taksima did not bring the money, her in-laws sent her back to her family.

However, the in-laws have denied their son giving talaq to the complainant.

“My son had never fought or hit her. All allegations are false,” said Fatima Bibi, mother-in-law of Taksima.

Pramod Mallick, IIC, Pattamundai police station, said “Though the complainant submitted the report at our police station, we have asked her to file complaint at Aul police station. The IIC at Aul has also been informed about the case.”

“The triple talaq given by the person in Kendrapara will not be effective and same as divorce. Case can be filed against the person under IPC 498 for contempt of Supreme Court,” said Senior Advocate Dharanidhar Nayak.

In the recent past, a person from Madhya Pradesh who had tried to separate from his wife by saying triple talaq was arrested by the police.

Notably, the Supreme Court had banned triple talaq in August 2017. The bill makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years.