In a case of Triple Talaq, a 35-year-old man was booked by Mumbra Police under the new act. According to the reports, this is the first case in Maharashtra filed under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, which was passed by the Parliament on Wednesday.

The Man Allegedly Divorced His Wife On WhatsApp

According to the police, the man allegedly had an extramarital affair and hence he divorced his wife, whom he married in 2015. In fact, the man is said to have divorced his wife on WhatsApp. After the woman approached the Thane Commissionerate Office on Thursday, the man was booked at around 9:30 pm, under the new act that criminalises Triple Talaq.

According to the police, the man allegedly had an extramarital affair and hence he divorced his wife, whom he married in 2015. In fact, the man is said to have divorced his wife on WhatsApp.

The wife, who is a 31-year-old MBA graduate, said that she married the 35-year-old on September 7, 2015. In her statement to the police, she said that it was the second marriage for both of them. However, she also alleged that from the first day of their marriage, the husband and in-laws harassed her.

The Husband Allegedly Started Demanding Money After Marriage

“The husband allegedly started demanding money. The woman’s father went on to take a loan and even bought him a bike,” said an officer. The police also reported that since the harassment by husband and in-laws did not stop, the complainant had to leave her home and went to stay with her parents in mid-September. After she left her house, she came to know that her husband is involved in an extramarital affair.  “Since then, the two would constantly fight over the phone and WhatsApp. During this period, she was pregnant and now they have a child,” the officer said.

On November 30, 2018, the man texted her ‘talaq’ thrice on Whatsapp after a heated argument. Not only texted but he also called the lady and uttered the word ‘talaq’ thrice over the phone as well. Since then, they had not been speaking, the police said. “After the Bill was passed on Wednesday, she filed an application with the Thane commissioner’s office seeking that a case be filed under the new Act against her husband,” the officer said.

Sub-Inspector Yogesh Patil of Mumbra police said, “We have the screenshot of their November 2018 WhatsApp chat in which he has typed ‘talaq’ thrice. We shall use that as evidence.”

Sub-Inspector Yogesh Patil of Mumbra police said, “We have the screenshot of their November 2018 WhatsApp chat in which he has typed ‘talaq’ thrice. We shall use that as evidence.” “We are yet to make an arrest. So far, we have learned that the accused used to work as a sales executive in Abu Dhabi. His wife claims that he is now staying with his new wife in Vikhroli. We are trying to trace him,” an officer said.

The Triple Talaq Bill which aims to empower Muslim women was passed in the Rajya Sabha on July 30. For any Muslim husband who says ‘talaq’ thrice to divorce his wife will face imprisonment up to three years, plus remuneration from him to his wife. The Bill advocates the cause of the women who are victims of instant divorce in India. Now that the bill is passed, it bans the practice of instant Triple Talaq in Islam; this bill was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha on July 25. It was tabled by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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