A real estate agent in Hyderabad tried using triple talaq to divorce his wife over the phone. The practice has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The man's 27-year-old wife has registered a case against him. The two got married on October 18. The woman, who works at a beauty parlour, said that her husband wanted to divorce her because he may already be married. She said she had already given him Rs 2 lakh on different occasions before they got married.
A case was registered against the man under IPC sections 498A (husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 420 (cheating) and relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
“Following the pronouncement of triple talaq by her husband, the woman left the house of her in-laws in Golconda area here. We are in the process of questioning her husband,” a police official said.
"He claimed he was already married and did not want to stay with me. Then, he uttered Talaq thrice. I waited for four days, tried to convince him, but he does not want to talk,” said the woman
After the Supreme Court’s decision, the government is now considering setting up legislation which will make triple talaq a criminal offence. A committee of ministers has been constituted to fine-tune the legislation, according to a senior government official. The committee comprises Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
There have been a number of divorces happening even after the SC verdict. This is because there is lack of awareness about the decision. If it becomes a criminal offence, then the number may reduce.