Thane man booked for giving ‘triple talaq’ to wife on WhatsApp

Thane man booked for giving 'triple talaq' to wife on WhatsApp
Nadeem Shaikh was booked for violating the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) act, which makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence punishable with up to three years imprisonment and a fine (Representational Image)

Thane police have booked a 28-year-old man and his parents after he allegedly divorced his wife by sending a ‘triple talaq’ message to her on WhatsApp.

In her complaint to the police last week, the 25-year-old woman stated that she got married to a man from Kalyan town on May 18, 2014, and that they have a four-year-old son.

She alleged that her in-laws constantly harassed her and sometime back, her husband demanded Rs 5 lakh from her and threw her out of the house, said Bhoiwada police station’s inspector Kalyan Karpe.

The woman, currently staying at a relative’s place in Bhiwandi, further alleged that she received a ‘triple talaq’ message on WhatsApp from her husband on March 12 this year. When she tried to call him, he refused to speak to her.

Based on the woman’s complaint, the police registered a case on Wednesday against her husband Nadeem Shaikh and in-laws under IPC Sections 498-A (cruelty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace), and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act.

The Supreme Court in August 2017 ruled that the practice of triple talaq among Muslims was “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

Later, in a historic step, the Union cabinet in September 2018 cleared an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence, punishable with a maximum of three years imprisonment and a fine.

Before it could expire on 22nd January 2019, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019 was approved by president Ram Nath Kovind.

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