In yet another incident violence over triple talaq, a young woman in Uttar Pradesh was burnt alive in front of her five-year-old daughter after she complained to the police that her husband has divorced her by uttering “talaq” thrice.
The 22-year-old woman was allegedly burnt alive by her husband and in-laws in front of her five-year-old daughter at Gadra village of Shravasti district after she lodged the complaint.
The incident took place in Bhingapur area late on Friday. The victim’s father, Ramzan Khan, has accused that his son-in-law, Nafees, 26, who works in Mumbai, had given “triple talaq” to his daughter Sayeeda over the phone on August 6.
According to the woman’s family, when she went to complain to the police that her husband had given her triple talaq over the phone, the police sent her back without registering an FIR and asked her to wait till her husband returns from Mumbai.
When Nafees arrived on August 15, police summoned the couple.
“They talked to them and told Sayeeda to stay with Nafees,” the victim’s father said in his complaint.
“On Friday noon, my father returned after offering namaaz and told mother to go away since he had given her talaq. Then they got into an argument. My grandfather Azizullah, grandmother Haseena, and aunts Gudiya and Nadira also were there. Father held my mother by her hair and thrashed her, my aunts Nadira and Gudiya poured kerosene and grandma and grandpa lit the matchstick,” Sayeeda’s daughter Fatima told the police.
Sayeeda’s brother Rafique took the five-year-old to police where she narrated the whole incident.
A police team was dispatched and Sayeeda’s body was sent for autopsy.
The First Information Report was filed on Saturday.
Major opposition parties have launched a scathing attack on the Yogi Adityanath government for its failure to prevent crimes against women ever since The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, was enacted banning triple talaq.
Earlier this month, a woman’s nose was allegedly cut off by her in-laws after she refused to withdraw her triple talaq case in UP’s Sitapur.
According to the woman’s mother, her daughter was also beaten up by her in-laws.
After the Lower and the Upper House passed the Triple Talaq Bill, President Ram Nath Kovind on August 1, gave his go-ahead which made the practice of giving instant triple talaq a criminal offence.
The Supreme Court had on August 2017 declared “triple talaq” unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which provides for equality before the law and directed the government to enact a law on the issue.