Lucknow, April 17: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured justice for Muslim women over the controversial issue of triple talaq, the harrowing story of a Muslim woman from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, came to light on Sunday.
Rehana a resident of Pilibhit told the media that her in-laws attacked her with acid after she refused to accept triple talaq given to her by her husband over phone from the United States.
Rehana has filed a police complaint against her in-laws and husband. The UP police has registered an FIR against five people in this case. "She has received burn injuries on her back. We are waiting for the medical report," a police officer said.
"They should be punished for what they did. Right now, I want them to be in jail," Rehana told the media. Rehana, in her 40s, married Matlub 18 years ago. After marriage she left for the US with her husband.
In 2001, the couple came back to India after their relationship developed cracks. Matlub left for the US after sometime, but never called Rehana to join him in the foreign country.
Few years ago, Matlub called Rehana and divorced her over phone. Rehana never accepted the divorce and was staying with her in-laws. In order to forcefully evict Rehana from her husband's house, her in-laws attacked her with acid.
On Sunday, during the Bharatiya Janata Party national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar, PM Modi batted for Muslim women and spoke against triple talaq.
PM Modi said all women had the right to live with dignity. "The PM dwelt on social justice and said our Muslim sisters should be saved from injustice. However, there should be no division in the community and it should be done amicably," highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.