Hyderabad Man Arrested Over 'Triple Talaq' Postcard To His Bride

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Hyderabad Man Arrested Over 'Triple Talaq' Postcard To His Bride

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The two reportedly had a fight after which the man drank mosquito repellent.

Hyderabad:  A man in Hyderabad has been arrested after he sent a postcard with "triple talaq" to divorce his new wife. In a rare arrest linked to the practice that has been challenged in the Supreme Court by Muslim women, the police have charged the 38-year-old man with "harassing" and cheating his wife, 26.

Reports say the man has accused his wife of ridiculing him a day after their wedding.

The two reportedly had a fight after which the man drank mosquito repellent and had to be taken to hospital.

On the eighth day of their marriage, the man allegedly mailed the "triple talaq" postcard to his address. Triple talaq allows Muslim men to get an instant divorce by saying the word "talaq" or divorce thrice.

Next month, the seniormost judges of the Supreme Court will take up petitions challenging triple talaq by women who have complained of being divorced on Facebook and WhatsApp .

Chief Justice JS Khehar has said that a five-judge Constitution Bench will sit during the court's summer vacation and examine questions including whether the right to religion gives sanction to practices like triple talaq and polygamy.

The government has argued that these are a violation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and do not form a part of the "essential religious practices" in Islam. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government is in favour of triple talaq being abolished.

The Muslim personal law board, however, firmly believes that the court cannot interfere in matters of faith.
 

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