Triple Talaq In Odisha: Muslim Woman Alleges Instant Divorce Over Phone In Kendrapara

Kendrapara: After Parliament passed the ‘Triple Talaq’ Bill last month, the first case of instant divorce in Odisha has been reported from Pattamundai’s Ward no-11 in Kendrapara. As per sources, a woman’s husband pronounced ‘Talaq’ three times to her over the phone while he was in Hyderabad.

Reportedly, Rubina Khatun and Abu Sufiyan Khan were in love and had married last year. They were living in Hyderabad when Rubina got pregnant. Sufiyan dropped her at his house in Kendrapara and went back to Hyderabad.

During this time, Rubina alleged that she faced a lot of mental and physical harassment from her in-laws. She used to call Sufiyan to complain to him, however he paid no attention. He even refused to recognise her. After several persistent phone calls from Rubina’s side, he asked for Rs 2 lakh from her to settle everything. When she refused to give any money, he gave her instant divorce over phone.

Rubina, who has a four-month-child, has filed a written complaint regarding the matter. It is notable to mention here that the Triple Talaq Bill or Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 has been passed by Parliament and it makes the practice of giving instant triple talaq orally a criminal offence with provisions of a jail term of up to three years.

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