triple Talaq divorce by post, Shayara Bano has moved the Supreme Court,
questioning the legality of the practice and seeking an end to it. Speaking
with Rohit E David, Shayara discussed her fight against triple Talaq,
the significance of Shah Bano, Rajiv Gandhi, PM Modi, politicians pandering to
men – and people saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’:
the struggles you’ve undergone?
I have been
through a lot. There are many who are saying now that i am a non-Muslim because
i have contested triple Talaq – but my difficulties started with seven
abortions that were forced upon me. My in-laws used to trouble me for dowry
the day I got married to my former husband, he used to say, I’ll give you
Talaq. Going through life in this way was a tremendous emotional struggle for
me. I used to keep mum in front of my husband but this eventually led him to
only abuse and tortures me physically. By 2015, the persecution had increased a
these incidents had a very frightening impact on my children. Both of the kids
are with my former husband now. I want to ask, has Muslim personal law ever
thought of what befalls children whose parents have been given triple Talaq?
fighting for the custody of my two kids, who are 13 and 11 years old
respectively. I haven’t even spoken to my kids since i came to my maternal
home. My in-laws don’t allow my children to speak with me.
extremely worried about their well-being.
you tell us about the triple Talaq you got from your husband?
I had come over to my parents’ house in October – one day, i got a triple Talaq
through the post. The postal Talaq had the signatures of two witnesses as well.
decided to take up the fight and file for maintenance.
got legal justice which was revoked by government then – do you think you’ll
get justice now?
I know that
in 1985, Shah Bano was denied justice – I have full hope that i will get
Gandhi’s attitude to Shah Bano created history – do you have a message for Prime
Minister Narendra Modi now?
I only want
to tell and urge PM Modi that the Constitution should be the same for Muslims
request to him to completely erase triple Talaq from India.
Indian politicians cynically pander to men, ignoring women – making them more
absolutely. And men don’t consider women equal to them either – especially when
it comes to the Muslim community. I can tell you that there are many Muslim
women who live in fear every day of getting triple Talaq from their husbands.
The men in
our community fully exploit women.
great hopes now that triple Talaq will be abolished in our country. Along with
this, the ‘Halala’ tradition, which demands that if a repentant husband wants
to remarry his divorced wife, she has to be another man’s wife first before a
final comeback, should be repealed completely.
I want the
coming generation to benefit from my verdict. I don’t want them to undergo
exploitation like I have.
It is my
request to all Muslim women who have got triple Talaq from their husbands to
come forward and fight against this injustice.
consider triple Talaq un-Islamic?
Yes, it is
un-Islamic. In the holy Quran, there is no mention of triple talaq.
came into effect thanks to Maulvis, who wanted to set things for themselves.
time come to amend religious laws in the country?
Of course –
for the simple reason that they are outdated now.
when it comes to divorce, are pretty strong. Hindu women don’t have to undergo Bahu
Vivahs or Halala.
equal for every community.
of communities, we’ve heard much on intolerance in India – is there more
communal intolerance today than before?
No, i don’t
think the situation is like that. There is no communal intolerance between
Hindus and Muslims.
about the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan controversy?
I feel all
Muslims should say ‘Bharat Maa Ki Jai’ – there is nothing wrong with us
raising this slogan.