A 38-year-old man from Hyderabad has been arrested for divorcing his 26-year-old wife by pronouncing triple talaq through a postcard.
NDTV reported that the man has accused his wife of ridiculing him a day after their wedding and that he drank mosquito repellant after a fight with her and was hospitalised.
The news channel reported that the man sent the post card divorcing his wife on the eighth day after the marriage.
Reports suggest that the man, who has been identified as Mohammed Haneef, has been charged with cruelty and cheating.
Deputy commissioner of police (south) V Satyanarayana, told The Times of India, "I am personally monitoring the case. We are investigating as to what exactly happened later in the day when the marriage was solemnised. We have called for records from the qazi so that they can be examined. Depending on the outcome we will take a call. It is also possible that a rape case will be booked against the accused."
Muslim men are allowed to divorce there wives by uttering the word 'talaq' thrice. This has made triple talaq a bane for Muslim women who have been unceremoniously divorced, sometimes without any legal recourse.
There have been cases of women being divorced on WhatsApp, text messages and even on email.
While several Muslim women have approached the Supreme Court looking for the practice of triple talaq to be banned, the court has said it will her the petitions during the summer vacations from May 11 to May 19.
The court will also hear pleas against the practices of nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said the matter will be heard by a Constitution bench during the summer vacation.
While several Muslim women have been victims of triple talaq, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has been backing the practice.
The board, in a bizarre and shocking remark, has even told the Supreme Court that divorce was better than a man resorting to "criminal ways of getting rid of her (wife) by murdering her".
PTI reported that on March 27, the AIMPLB told the Supreme Court that the pleas against these practices among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of judiciary.
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