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Talaq given to pregnant wife is null and void, says Former Minister Rahman Khan

Thursday March 30, 2017 3:58 PM, & Agencies

Rahman Khan
[Former Union Minister K Rahman Khan with President of India Pranab Mukherji in a file photo.]

New Delhi:
Stating that Talaq or divorce given to wife when she is pregnant is null and void under Islamic Shariah Laws, Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader K Rahman Khan on Thursday urged the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to take urgent steps so that the misuse of triple talaq is stopped.

"The first and foremost thing in this case is that if the lady was pregnant then the Talaq would not be considered valid as per the Islamic Sahriah Law", Rahman Khans said while talking to media.

Rahman Khan was responding to the case of Shagufta, a three-month preganant Muslim woman from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, who was divorced even as her husband did not follow the steps as prescribed under the Islamic Sharia.

"The Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) should take this issue into notice and strict action should be taken against the one misusing talaq," Khan told ANI.

Rahman Khan also advised Shagufta to appeal in the Shariah Court.

Alleging torture by her husband and in-laws, Shagufta on Wednesday sent a letter to Prime Minister Modi appealing him to repeal practice of triple talaq in India.

Reminding Modi of his poll promise made during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh state elections, Shagufta said she had voted for the BJP because it promised to abolish triple talaq.

"I wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting #TripleTalaq to be abolished, I voted for him, I hope I now get justice", Shagufta Shah said.

Simultaneously, Shagufta also lodged a complaint following which the local police booked her husband Shamsad, brothers in law Naushad, Zafar Ali and Iliyas have been booked for making attempt to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth under IPC section 315 and other related offences.


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