Reeling under the curse of triple talaq, a pregnant woman from Saharanpur has written an emotional letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to ban the controversial practice after she was abandoned by her husband, reported ANI.
Reminding the Prime Minister that she voted for him in the recently-held Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Shagufta Shah has urged him to ban the practice and hopes to get justice.
“Mr Prime minister, it is my humble request to please help this poor and helpless woman. I also request you to ensure that this evil tradition ends so that woman like me and other victims get justice and live a dignified life,” she writes in the letter (translated from Hindi)
What’s her story?
When Shafugta, a mother of two-daughters got pregnant for the third time, her in-laws asked her to get an abortion fearing it might be a girl as well. But she refused to budge down to the unreasonable demand and had to bear physical abuse and torture from her husband and in-laws.
“Refusing to go for abortion, they beat me mercilessly. My husband then verbally gave me Triple Talaq and threw me out of the house”, she says.
After Shagufta was thrown out of the house, she approached the local police station where officials assured her that they would look into the matter. But they did not register any FIR and chased her away, an India Today report quotes Shagufta.
Failing to get any help, she then wrote to PM Modi and also sent a copy of the letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Shah’s appeal to Prime Minister Modi comes a day after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) urged the Supreme Court of India not to bring any change in the existing practice.