US man gives triple talaq via text, Maneka assures help to the victim

BENGAULRU: Union Minister Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi assures help to women in Bengaluru who was allegedly given Triple Talaq by her US-based husband through a text and voice message. She took note of the matter and tweeted that her Ministry had taken up the case “on absolute priority.”

“My ministry @MinistryWCD has taken up the case of #TripleTalaq on absolute priority. The first instance post the passing of the bill, criminalising the act of instant divorce in the Muslim community will be dealt with and we shall ensure that justice is done,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

The victim Reshma Azeez told ANI, “He left me at my parents’ place, went back to the USA, and divorced me through a message. I am not able to meet my kids also.”

The text message of Azeez’s husband Javeed Khan reads, “I am sending this message in my full sense and I am not under any influence of anger or intoxication. ALLAH as my witness. I, Dr. Javeed Khan (dob 01/19/1976), son of late Taj Ahmed pronounce TALAQ (divorce) to RESHMA Azzes (dob 12/06/1978), daughter of Mr. Azeezuddin, according to ISLAMIC LAW OF SHARIAH. Meher has been completely fulfilled.”

The victim also sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help in the matter.

On December 27, the Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, which makes the practice a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail term for the erring husband. The Bill is set to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

With agency inputs