Just four weeks after her marriage, a 21-year-old college student’s husband texted her a ‘triple talaq’ over WhatsApp.
And why? Prameela Devi, a member of the state women’s commission adalat, said, “He said she was like an apple and he had already tasted it. So he did not want her anymore.” The girl, who hails from Kottayam, Kerala, has been shattered by the unexpected divorce. She and her sister are college and school dropouts, respectively. The girl’s mother had allegedly paid the 27-year-old groom, who is also originally from Kottayam but works in Dubai, a dowry of Rs.10 lakhs and also given him 80 sovereigns of gold.
After mustering her courage, the girl lodged a complaint with the women’s commission’s court on Monday.
The commission has ordered the department of non-resident Keralites’ affairs to find the husband. It has also told the police to present the man’s parents during the next hearing.
“I don’t think a normal youth can act in this manner. The commission should provide protection and legal aid to the girl and her mother,” said B Sugathakumari, an activist-poet and former chairperson of the state women’s commission. Recently, a study conducted by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), it was found that around 92.1% women want oral triple talaq to be banned
. They also want a ban on talaq delivered through new media platforms like Skype, text messages, email and Whatsapp.
Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen state president T.P. Abdulla Koya Madani, called the WhatsApp divorce as ‘oversimplification of the process’.
On the other hand, a member of the Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulama, said that talaq was valid. “The divorce, however, will be granted only after holding discussions with both the man and wife and their family members. If the husband sticks to his stand, divorce will be sanctioned,” said Sayyed Attakoya Thangal, the district president of the Ulama.