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'Talaq' by courier sparks controversy

November 18, 2006 22:42 IST

A divorce document delivered to a Muslim woman by courier and a fatwa obtained by her against it have sparked a controversy in Malerkotla, the only town of Punjab dominated by the minority community.

Jahida Parveen has now decided to approach the National Commission for Women to seek justice against her husband Yaseen, who married for the second time on Thursday.

Differences between Yaseen and Jahida emerged a few months after their marriage in 2001, allegedly due to his demands for dowry. Jahida today told PTI Yaseen had thrown her out of his home while she was pregnant.

A few months later, Jahida failed a complaint of cruelty against Yaseen, who retaliated by sending her the divorce document by courier.

Jahida approached Darul Uloom, a leading Islamic seminary, and a few days ago procured Fatwa number 1317, signed by Mufti Habib-Ul-Rehman, which said 'talaq' by courier was null and void according to Islamic tenets.

Her family posted photocopies of the fatwa at the Jama Masjid in Malerkotla and some other mosques and alleged that Yaseen was planning to remarry.

Yaseen then affixed a document with talaq talaq talaq written on it along with an "apology" to god at a mosque near Jahida's home before solemnising his second marriage.

Jahida reported the matter to police in Malerkotla but they expressed their inability to intervene to prevent Yaseen's remarriage.

She said on Saturday that she would continue her efforts to bring her husband to book and again raise the issue with Darul Uloom.

Jahida, now the mother of a four-year-old son, also alleged that Yaseen had not paid her meher (alimony).

All India Muslim Personal Law Board member and former Mufti-E-Punjab Fazail-ul-Rehman said Yaseen's second marriage was against Islamic tenets.



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