50 triple talaq cases reported in Hyderabad since passing of Muslim Women Act in 2019 | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Since the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 came into being, close to 50 cases of triple talaq have been filed across the three police commissionerates in the city — 40 of them registered under the Hyderabad police limits alone.
According to official records, in most cases investigation is still pending while in some, charge sheets have either been filed or likely to be filed shortly.
“The number of triple talaq cases in Hyderabad are still less. But it is quite possible that many victims are not coming forward due to social stigma and controversy around the Act,” a senior officer of Hyderabad police told TOI.
Shabhana Begum (name changed) among those who approached the police. Married to Somalia-born Abdi Wali Ahmed in 2015, she was promised a comfortable life in the US – where the groom lived– post marriage. But just a few months after the wedding in Hyderabad, Wadi left for the US alone. Distraught, the 24-year-old lodged a complaint with the women’s police station in December 2020.
“My husband remained inaccessible for a very long time. Then one day he called my father, asked him to put the phone on speaker (after confirming I there) and pronounced triple talaq,” Shabana said. “Ever since, the resident of Chandrayangutta has been making the rounds of police station, trying to initiate action against her foreign-national husband.
“While after much persuasion, he agreed to a formal divorce – acceptable in India – in April 2021 he just signed on a plain sheet of a paper, declaring he had divorced me, and sent it on WhatsApp. It is not even valid,” Shabana said, sharing how she cannot move on with her life, unless this is officially settled.
As of now, her case is still under police investigation and chargesheet is yet to be filed. While in another case registered with the LB Nagar police in July 2020, local cops filed a chargesheet against accused Abdul Sami, following a thorough probe, the court is yet to take up the trial. “We have examined both the victim and accused and even gathered evidence to prove the offence,” LB Nagar police told TOI. Sami had pronounced triple talaq to his wife in 2020. Initially the victim filed a case of domestic violence against her husband. Later, she filed another case, after he allegedly pronounced triple talaq.
But often, proving these cases is a tough task admit police officials.
“That is because there is a possibility of witnesses turning hostile. The chances of scientific evidence in these cases is also less. If the accused is hiding abroad, it only complicates the matter further,” said an official dealing with these case.
Given how long drawn the legal battles are, activists working with victims say that many shy away from filing an official complaint, because of this. Monetary constraints is said to be another reason.

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