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Husband gives triple talaq to wife for waking up late; Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad mentions case during LS debate
While tabling the bill that criminalises 'triple talaq', Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, during a debate in the Lower House of the Parliament, on Thursday, mentioned about the case of an Uttar Pradesh woman, who was on Wednesday given divorce by her husband by pronouncing the word 'talaq' thrice just for waking up late in the morning.

The incident happened at Azimnagar in UP's Rampur district where the victim, whose name is Gul Afshan, lived along with her family. The victim told ANI that she was first beaten up by her husband Qasim and then given triple talaq because she woke up late in the morning.

The woman also alleged that soon after the incident, Qasim escaped from the house after locking her up. She said that the police rescued her later from her house. Talking to mediapersons, the woman also said that her husband often used to beat her up.

However, the UP police have informed that they can't do anything in the matter as the woman has yet not filed a complaint against her husband.

"The woman has not filed an FIR as yet. We will take action against him once the complaint is lodged," said Sanjay Yadav, Azimanagar SHO.

The shocking incident comes just ahead of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill being tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of India as well as the Central government had earlier called for scrapping of the triple talaq practice, terming it "illegal and unconstitutional," further adding that the age-old practice is even against Islam.

Earlier this year, the five-judge bench of the apex court had termed it as "arbitrary and violative of the right to equality of Muslim women". At the time, the Chief Justice of India had directed the Central government to bring legislation within six months to govern marriage and divorce in the Muslim community.

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