In the midst of a debate over the issue of triple talaq, a 18-year-old Muslim lady, who was as of late separated according to the Islamic tradition, has declined to acknowledge the talaq and chose to take up the cudgels against the “abhorrent practice”.
Arshiya Bagwan asserted that soon after her marriage two years ago, her in-laws began tormenting and torturing her. She was sent back to her parents home in Baramati town close to Pune, where she got a divorce notice from her husband other a couple days back, with “talaq” composed three times.
Portraying her experience in a press conference organised by Muslim Satya Shodhak Mandal here today, Arshiya said she was married to one Mohammad Kazim Bagwan, a vegetable dealer in the city at a young age of 16.
“After six months of marriage, my mother-in-law started torturing me for not conceiving. However, even after I became pregnant, the harassment continued,” Arshiya said.
Arshiya, who is currently a mother of an eight-month-old kid, said because of the steady fights and disputes at home, she was packed off to her parents home by her in-laws recently.
“I tried to resolve the matter with my husband mutually. However, he also started avoiding me and even stopped taking my calls. A few days back, I got a shock of my life, when I received a notice from my husband in which he had declared thrice that he was giving me talaq,” Arshiya said.
As the lady was not willing to acknowledge the talaq given in an “unilateral” way, she drew nearer the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, a city-based reformist association.
“Though I received the notice from my husband, I do not accept it and will go to the family court against this arbitrary method of separation,” Arshiya said.
Arshiya, who needed to stop her education in the wake of finishing Class XI, said that she generally needed to study further, however couldn’t do as such after marriage.
“I will now pursue my education and will work with Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM). I will help women from Muslim community, who have been subjected to such abhorrent practices,” she said.
Shamshuddin Tamboli, president of MSM said that the association will support Arshiya and each one of those ladies in comparative circumstance.
“In the coming days, we plan to hold symposia and meetings across the state to create awareness about triple talaq, polygamy and various other practices,” he said.
The organisation is planning to start a signature campaign against triple talaq.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Arshiya’s parents said they committed a “big mistake” by getting their daughter married at a very tender age.
“Even we do not accept this arbitrary divorce and will support our daughter, who has decided to raise her voice against this practice,” said Nasrin Bagwan, mother of Arshiya.
Her dad, Nisar Bagwan, a vegetable trader, lamented that in the wake of getting the notice, he had approached the senior members of the community, however they additionally communicated their inability to determine and resolve the matter.
“When I approached them to mediate between the two families, they simply refused and expressed their inability to resolve the matter by saying that since talaq has already been given, they cannot do anything,” he said.