Divorced Via Speed Post, Muslim Woman Moves SC Demanding Ban On ‘Triple Talaq'

A Muslim woman has approached the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the ‘triple talaq’ system after she was divorced over speed post. Afreen Rehman got married two years ago and had been living with her in-lawsThe 25-year old Jaipur resident said she was harassed by her in-laws over dowry and was kicked out of their home.

“They started to beat me and in September my in-laws asked me to leave their place. Thereafter, I came to my maternal home and after some time received a speed post from my husband announcing divorce,” Rehman told Zee News.

According to Muslim Personal Law, a man can divorce his wife by saying ‘talaq’ three times, a custom that has already been challenged in the Supreme Court. In February, the Supreme Court, upon receiving a complaint from a divorced Muslim woman, had sought the centre’s response on the validity of such a law.

Last year, the Muslim Personal Law Board had said there was no scope of change in the ‘triple talaq’ system and rejected the suggestion by some community outfits for building a consensus on making a three-month period mandatory before finalisation of divorce.

Though as per Quran and Hadith, "triple talaq" is a crime, but once said the process would be considered complete and cannot be changed, Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Maulana Abdul Raheem Qureshi had then said.

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