Women from the community including victims of triple talaq speak out about SC's verdict
Women from the Muslim community across the country are celebrating the Supreme Court's verdict on triple talaq. Women including victims have welcomed the verdict and hope that the law gives women from the community strength and the will to fight back. Some have hailed the Narendra Modi government for the historic verdict and fighting for the cause while others have opined that the sanctity of the religion should not be compromised.
"I am very happy with today's verdict. I am thankful to the Modi government to have ensured justice to Muslim women. One step of this government has come to the rescue of crores of Muslim women suffering because of triple talaq. Husbands should understand that their wives are not weak. I would appeal to all men to respect their wives. This verdict will bring justice to many women but more importantly, it will stop men from cheating women in the name of religion. Triple Talaq is unislamic and now women know that. This judgement gives us the will and strength both mental and legal to fight against it," said Zeenath, a victim of
Zeenath a resident of New Delhi became a victim of triple talaq in 2015 when her in-laws asked her to leave the house and never return. The husband re-married another woman within days of divorcing Zeenath.
Huma Hanni from Bengaluru has welcomed the verdict but hopes that it does not tamper with the sanctity of Islam. "I am a devout Muslim and I do not want to oppose the religion. I am very happy with the Supreme Court's verdict because it will stop men from misusing triple talaq. My husband married me when I was 16-years-old and I have only been tortured all my married life. He killed my handicapped son and started abusing my daughter. I had no choice but to seek help but because I sought someone else's help to solve the crisis, he divorced me. He said talaq thrice in public and my life was over," recalled Huma Hanni.
Some victims have raised questions about how the verdict will help them? Can it be applied in retrograde is a big concern. "The verdict is good news for many women like me but what about me? Will I get justice? My husband divorced me through a newspaper advertisement and now lives in Saudi. Will be punished? Who will bring him back and punish him for his crimes? Yes, I am happy that other women will not suffer anymore but what about me and many like me," asked Ayesha, a resident of Hyderabad. She was divorced for seeking help from an NGO after being abandoned by her husband who now lives outside the country.
Many women from the community who are not victims of triple talaq but consider it a social evil nonetheless want to wait and watch how the legislation will handle the scenario. "I am not a victim of triple talaq but I see this judgement as very progressive. While maintaining the sanctity of a religion, the judiciary has also upheld the rights of Muslim women as human beings. Let there be a legislation to protect our rights. It is painful to see women suffer because of a few men's misunderstanding of a religion," said Ishrat, a resident of Bengaluru and a women rights activist.