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“If justice will deny , I will go to Hindu folds”: talaq victim


April 23rd, 2017

Our Bureau/

Biwi Mariam, a mother of two kids who recently received tripe talaq, has threatened to adopt Hindu religion if she would not have proper justice.

Mariam, 28 year old home maker and a native of Saharsa, a sleepy town in Kosi region has virtually added fresh fuel to the fire  on the ongoing national level debate over the age-old ‘controversial’ Muslim divorce system. Her decision for religious conversion in protest against her talaq has also mobilized social activists to join in the movement against the so called injustice of Muslim women in the name of religious customs.

The mother of Mariam, minor children and  a home maker at Niyaamat Tola in Saharsa town,  Mariam alleged that she was used to  torture by her husband, Md Munawwar of Madhepura who also got his second marriage soon after giving talaq to her. She lodged a case with the woman police station.

Mariam was divorced by her husband allegedly because her mother, who is a widow, could not afford the huge amount of dowry demanded by him and his family members. She lodged an FIR with the women police station on April 18 after wrote a letter to the Saharsa SP, demanding justice and social dignity.

Mariam who somehow managed to provide foods to her infants, has started work as domestic helper at some houses in the locality.  “I am planning to meet union home minster, Rajnath Singh who possibly could be visited Saharsa on April 25 and would decide on religious conversion after her possible meeting with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who is scheduled to visit Saharsa on April 25,” she informed. She was adamant and repeated her strong desire to take the ultimate step if needed.

Mariam said her husband started torturing her a year after her marriage in 2008. “He demanded a gold chain, a motorcycle and Rs 50,000 cash as dowry. My mother is a poor widow having one more daughter to marry. It is next to impossible for her to arrange such a huge amount,” she said.

Sub divisional police officer, Subodh Kumar Biswas told media persons that police has been searching the husband following the case registered with the police station.

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