GANGTOK: Despair struck when Mohammad Murtaza Ansari gave talaaq (divorce) over the phone from Dubai to Ishrat Jahan, a housewife from West Bengal's Howrah district in 2015.
Unable to digest the ‘phone talaq’, Ishrat Jahan went on to appeal against it in court. After the Supreme Court order on triple talaq, Jahan says that any ordinary Muslim woman can fight for her rights if she is violated by the talaq given on phone or email, which she terms as un-Islamic.
Speaking to the New Indian Express over the phone, the 38-year-old says, “Talaaq should be given and accepted the way marriages are conducted. Saying ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ over the phone or email should not be accepted by any ordinary Muslim woman.
“My petition was against people giving talaq over the phone and email. These ways of giving talaq is un-Islamic, has no mention in the Quraan and is not practised anywhere in the world,” said Ishrat Jahan.
Ishrat Jahan calls for all Muslim woman not to digest the ‘improper’ ways of giving talaq and fight against it. “Talaq se Musalmaan auraton ki zindagi kharab hoti hai. Main yeh paigaam dena chahti hoon ki sab apne haq ke liye ladai ekjut hoke lade (Talaq destroys the life of ordinary Muslim women. I urge them to come together and fight for their rights),” said Ishrat Jahan.