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Woman Allegedly Given Triple Talaq for Not Having Male Child

According to Mehar Begum, her husband and her mother-in-law physically assaulted her multiple times.

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Mehar Begum’s husband, Mohammed Dastagir.
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A 28-year-old Muslim woman from Hyderabad has filed a complaint with the Charminar Women's police station alleging that her husband Mohammed Dastagir gave her Triple Talaq for not being able to give birth to a son.

Mohammed Dastagir has been booked under Section 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), among others.

According to the victim Mehar Begum, Dastagir and her mother-in-law physically assaulted her multiple times and harassed her demanding a divorce, so that Dastagir could remarry.

Mehar and Dastagir got married in 2011.

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Speaking to TNM, Mehar says, “After my first child died, they (husband and his family) started torturing me, saying that I will never be able to conceive. Despite the constant harassment, I put up with them. By making some excuse or the other, they wanted to kick me out of the house. They wanted to get rid off me by claiming that I won’t be able to conceive a male child.”

Mehar gave birth to a stillborn male child in 2013. Four years later in 2017, she gave birth to a female child. However, her in-laws kept harassing her, she alleges.

“Unable to put up with their harassment, my husband and I moved to a different house. But my husband too started harassing me. He used to physically assault me asking for a divorce. He said that he was unhappy with me because I couldn’t give birth to a male child.”

As the couple had a troubled marriage, they went to Bharosa counselling centre on 11 September, where Dastagir allegedly gave instant Talaq to her orally, which is a criminal offence attracting a jail term of three years under the The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019.

As per the Act, declaration of Talaq-e-biddat through spoken, written, SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat, is illegal. Talaq-e-biddat refers to the pronouncement of talaq three times by a Muslim man in one sitting to his wife, resulting in an instant and irrevocable divorce.

Mehar’s father Mohammed Usman claims that Dastagir said, “Even if I have to face jail term, I wouldn’t stay with Mehar.”

Speaking to TNM, Investigation Officer E Seenu says, “We have initiated the investigation. We are yet to arrest the husband. We need a witness who heard him give the Talaq orally. The victim claims that there were a couple of relatives who were witness to it. We will take their statement and then arrest him.”

(Published in an arrangement with The News Minute.)

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