Shagufta, who already has two daughters fears for the well-being of her children. She claims that her in-laws have been pressuring her to abort the fetus. They 'fear' she might give birth to another girl. She also alleges that her husband has verbally divorced her and thrown her out of the house.
According to Sharia law, a woman has no say in the matter of 'triple talaq'. The decision is entirely that of her husband, who doesn't even have to pay any maintenance or alimony. The tradition also gives this right only to a man. A woman can't do the same to her husband.
Apart from her letter to Prime Minister Modi, she has also sent a copy of it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to apprise him of her situation.
Working on Shagufta's complaint, the Uttar Pradesh police has filed an FIR and has initiated an investigation in the matter. The case was reported in Saharanpur's Nanauta area on March 24.
Shamshad and his brothers Naushad, Zafar Ali and Iliyas have been booked for attempting to prevent a child from being born alive, under section 315 of the Indian Penal Code.
Shagufta has been sent for medical examination, a police official said.
(With inputs from PTI)