Ajmer man booked under new triple talaq law

Ajmer becomes the first city in Rajasthan to register a case against a man for pronouncing triple talaq. The incident happened just a week after centre passed the triple talaq bill, making it a criminal offense. A 27-year-old woman registered a complaint against a 61-year-old man, a caretaker of Ajmer Dargah on Tuesday alleging that her husband divorced her by uttering triple talaq and forced her out.

The police initially lodged the FIR under section 498-A of IPC, which deals with cruelty against married women, on Tuesday, 6 August. They added sections of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 on Thursday after seeking legal opinion.

According to the victim, her husband Saleemuddin Chishti (60) married her in 2017. He hid the fact that he was married five times earlier. “He proposed me claiming that his wife was dead and he would care for me for life. After marriage, he took me to a rented accommodation. He made several promises to me at the time of marriage, but later started torturing me. I gave several complaints to the police however, no action was taken,” the woman said.

“Two days ago, he pronounced triple talaq and asked me to leave the house. I demanded my ”mehar” but he refused. He should be punished under the new law,” she added.

Days after the enactment of the legislation, reports of FIRs being registered under it have come from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand. The law punishes instant divorce through talaq-e-biddat, practiced by some Muslim men. –PTI

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