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Divorce, Separation, Talaq

Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the 'triple talaq' case addresses a press conference in Kolkata.

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Muslims shouts slogans protesting against the government approving an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce in Mumbai. The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

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A Muslim woman walks in a market, near Jama Masjid in New Delhi. The Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to ban the practice of instant triple talaq. Under the proposed ordinance, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

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Sheena Bora murder accused Peter Mukerjea at Bandra Family Court in Mumbai. Peter Mukerjea and Indrani filed for divorce in the court.

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Sheena Bora murder accused Indrani Mukerjea at Bandra Family Court in Mumbai. Indrani and Peter Mukerjea filed for divorce in the court.

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Masked protesters throw stones at the government security forces during a protest in Srinagar. Security forces used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after Eid al-Adha prayers.

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Other than cricket captaincy, fast-bowling and organising political marches to Islamabad, Imran Khan is also an expert, and lover, of dogs. But his new wife, Bushra Manek, couldn’t abide by the creatures having a free run of the house and interfering in her ‘religious act­ivities’. Result? A miffed Manek storms out of the palatial bungalow.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Women from Muslim community gather in protest against Triple Talaq Bill, in Navi Mumbai.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women hold placards as they participate in a protest against the draft law for banning "Triple Talaq" at Ramleela ground, in New Delhi.

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A view of a rally taken out by Muslim women to protest against the proposed Triple Talaq bill in Mumbai

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) hold posters and participate in a silent rally demanding taking back of Triple Talaq bill, in Kolkata.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) hold posters and participate in a silent rally demanding taking back of Triple Talaq bill, in Kolkata.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) hold posters and participate in a silent rally demanding taking back of Triple Talaq bill, in Kolkata.

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Women take part in a protest against the Triple Talaq bill, in Moradabad.

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Muslim women take part in a silent procession against 'triple talaq' bill in Jaipur.

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Women from Muslim community participate in a demonstration rally against triple talaq bill at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.

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A group of Muslim women raise slogans during a protest demanding the BJP goverment to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, in Meerut.

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A Muslim woman holds a placard as she take part in a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning "Triple Talaq," a Muslim practice of instant divorce which was approved last week by Lok sabha, in Ahmadabad.

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A Muslim woman holds a placard as she take part in a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning "Triple Talaq," a Muslim practice of instant divorce which was approved last week by Lok Sabha, in Ahmadabad.

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Muslim women holds a placard as they take part in a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning "Triple Talaq," a Muslim practice of instant divorce which was approved last week by Lok Sabha, in Ahmadabad.

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Muslims take part in a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning "Triple Talaq," a Muslim practice of instant divorce which was approved last week by lok sabha, in Hyderabad.

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Muslims shout slogans as policemen detain them during a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning "Triple Talaq," a Muslim practice of instant divorce which was approved last week by lower house in Hyderabad. Several opposition parties criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not discussing the legislation with them before introducing it in parliament. The bill now needs the approval of the upper house of parliament, before it becomes law.

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Women India Movement members during a protest against Triple Talaq Bill, calling it unconstitutional against the welfare of muslil women, in New Delhi.

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Women India Movement members during a protest against Triple Talaq Bill, calling it unconstitutional against the welfare of muslil women, in New Delhi.

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Women India Movement members during a protest against Triple Talaq Bill, calling it unconstitutional against the welfare of muslil women, in New Delhi.

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Muslim women celebrate the introduction of Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha, in Mumbai.

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Muslim girls take selfie in front of Jama Masjid in New Delhi. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2017, which makes instant triple talaq illegal and void, was passed by the Lok Sabha.

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A group of muslim women at a market in the walled city area of Delhi. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2017, which makes instant triple talaq illegal and void, was introduced in Parliament.

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Muslim women at a market in the walled city area of Delhi. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2017, which makes instant triple talaq illegal and void, was introduced in Parliament.

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Muslim women celebrating the introduction of triple 'talaq' bill in the Lok Sabha, in Lucknow.

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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks to media after the passage of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2017 by the Lok Sabha, outside Parliament in New Delhi.

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The triple talaq ­verdict is a step towards gender justice

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Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioner in the triple Talaq case on which the Supreme Court passed a judgement, talks to her lawyer Nazia Elohi Khan (L) in Kolkata.

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In the public mind, ­justice for Muslim women is now also an arc that ­begins from Shah Bano (left)and ends with Shayara Bano.

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Muslim women in Calcutta celebrate after the verdict

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Muslims women celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on "Triple Talaq" in Lucknow.

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Muslims women celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on "Triple Talaq" outside BJP office, in Lucknow.

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Muslims women celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on "Triple Talaq" in Mumbai.

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Muslim women react on the Supreme Court's decision on 'triple talaq' in Lucknow.

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Muslim girls walk in a street of old Delhi. The Supreme Court banned the 1,400 year-old practice of instant 'triple talaq' among Sunni Muslims.

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A Muslim girl walks near a rickshaw at a market in old Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the 1,400 year-old practice of instant 'triple talaq' among Sunni Muslims.

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Muslim women at a market in old Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the 1,400 year-old practice of instant 'triple talaq' among Sunni Muslims.

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A rickshaw driver pulls two Muslim women through the Old Delhi markets. The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the 1,400 year-old practice of instant 'triple talaq' among Sunni Muslims.

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the media after the Supreme Court's verdict on 'Triple Talaq' in New Delhi.

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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture with the message "Triple Talaq A Historic Judgement" at Puri beach of Odisha.

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Zeenat Ali Siddiqui, who claims to be a victim of Triple talaq, speaks with media after verdict on it, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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Advocate Saif Mahmood talks with media outside the Supreme Court after the verdict on triple talaq in New Delhi.

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Farha Faiz, a Supreme Court lawyer, speaks to media after the apex court declared "Triple Talaq", a Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives, unconstitutional in its verdict, in New Delhi.

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Farha Faiz, a Supreme Court lawyer, speaks to media after the apex court declared "Triple Talaq", a Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives, unconstitutional in its verdict, in New Delhi. The court also requested the government legislate an end to the practice.

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Muslim women seek equality in family laws

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Members of Joint movement committee protest for abolition of triple talaq & polygamy at jantar mantar, in New Delhi.

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Members of Joint movement committee protest for abolition of triple talaq & polygamy at jantar mantar, in New Delhi.

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Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Maha Unit) members, from left, Shabnam Adil Khan, Safia Danish Ansari and Nasira Wasim Shaikh during a press conference on triple talaq, in Mumbai.

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Members of Sunni Muslim groups protest together against Law Commissions consultation over triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code at Jantar Mantar on October 17, 2016 in New Delhi.

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Supporting the efforts for imposition of Uniform Civil Code and agitating over the triple talaq, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) women's cell- BJP Mahila Morcha- held a rally on November 18, 2016 in Kolkata.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani and Executive Member Zafaryab Jilani releasing code of conduct for talaq in a press conference at Nadwa Lucknow.

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BJP Mahila Morcha activists protest against triple talaq

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BJP Rajya Sabha member and State BJP Mohila Morcha President Roopa Ganguly addressing a dharna to protest against continuing atrocities against Muslim women and Triple Talaq, in Kolkata.

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Muslims staging protest against the BJP government's stand on 'triple talaq' in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

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Discussion on Triple Talaq, Uniform Civil Code & Women's Struggle for Equality attended by eminent personalities organised by Aidwa Anhad Siksha at Constitution Club, in New Delhi.

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Discussion on Triple Talaq, Uniform Civil Code & Women's Struggle for Equality attended by eminent personalities organised by Aidwa Anhad Siksha at Constitution Club, in New Delhi.

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen members shout slogans in protest of Narendra Modi and the Central government's decision of abolishing Triple Talaq, in Allahabad.

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Muslim women from Rabodi protest against the BJP government for abolishing the practice of triple Talaq, in Thane.

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The Grand Mufti-desig­nate Nasir-ul-Islam outside his court

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Pariza 55 Nursing Supervisor | Sohra Pariza’s is a harrowing tale: after her first marriage fell through, she was forced into a second alliance in 2005. At the time, she was working in Saudi Arabia as a nurse and her husband Hilal duped her into believing he was a government officer. “I trusted him blindly. Soon after marriage, he started locking me up, lacing my food with drugs and stealing from my substantial savings, money I’d saved from my Saudi days.” Disconnected from all her family members, Pariza had no one to lean on, or share her problems with. But the biggest stab came when she learnt that her husband had molested their maidservant. “I had to find a way out of this marriage, so I filed a divorce petition at a sharia court nine months back. It’s now just a matter of time.” Pariza asserts that she will demand maintenance and extract recompense for the abuses inf­licted on her by her husband.

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Tabassum 22 Student | Wanabal After her rukhsati (last ritual at the bride’s house) in 2015, Tabassum’s husband fell ill and was hospitalised. Tests showed his liver was irreparable—he was a long-time drug addict. “Aftab’s family didn’t disclose this, for I’d have never married him. It was a fake marriage,” she rues. Her father was initially against divorce, which she obtained from a Sharia court, but now supports her. She’s keen to continue her studies. “There are enough peo­ple to encourage women who come forward, so they should speak up against injustice.” Shabana 18 Housewife | Pulwama Shabana, who’s from a Banjara family in Pulwama, was married against her will to a man in his late 40s. There was no compatibility, he accused her of having numerous affairs. Calm and forthright, she says, “I was married for three years to a man I had no love for. He’d abuse me physically, lock me up.” After the freedom in her Banjara community, she found marriage stifling and without peace. She sought divorce and Nasir-ul-Islam’s court annulled the marriage in three months. Confident, she has her family’s full support and says she won’t tolerate abuse from a man any more. “I’m happy and hope to marry again when I find the right person,” she says. She’s the rare divorced woman in her community but wants to be the change other women look up to.

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Aarifah 35 Tailor | Sopore Tears well up in her eyes as the diffident, soft-spoken, burqa-clad Aarifah recalls how her husband, a labourer, abused her for six long years in her 16-year marriage. He was an addict and would sell her ornaments to buy drugs. “He’d never come home, and soon my father-in-law started assaulting me...those were nightmarish days,” she says. Initially, she went to the mohalla committee, seeking support for her two children. But her husband kept threatening her, and the committee couldn’t do much. She went to a Sharia court in 2014 and had her marriage annulled after a year. Now she lives with her sister and earns from embroidery to support her children. Her faith in marriage is jolted, but she believes there’s enough to keep her going. “No one has really supported me, but walking out of this traumatising marriage was possibly the best decision I could have taken.”

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Saadia 26 Dentist | Baramula Saadia, a Baramulla-based dentist, was married to a paediatrician in 2013. The very first night, she discovered he was impotent. Extremely articulate, she says the marriage was one of betrayal. “I knew him for a while before we got married, but he concealed this from me. And even after discovering he’s impotent, I kept persuading him to treat himself. But he wouldnít agree. He would abuse me physically and mentally,” she says, adding that he was also financially dependent on her, making the marriage a burden. Feeling trapped, she appealed to Mufti Nazir’s court in Srinagar last year, and her marriage is about to be dissolved. Saadia says she won’t ask for maintenance as it may delay divorce. For now, she wants to end this bitter chapter and look ahead. “I want to grow in my career, marry when the time’s right and let life take its own course.” She says she has learnt that a relationship that starts with a lie can never last.

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Shaheena 34 Social Worker | Lalpora Married to a maulvi in 2001, Shaheena soon found her husband Manzoor was having a extra-marital affair. He’d also abuse her physically and psychologically. She filed for divorce at the Kupwara district court. “I got no support from my family: I had married of my own choice.”

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Hrithik Roshan and Sussane Khan leave the Bandra family court after being granted divorce in Mumbai.

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In this May 5, 2012 file photo, French Socialist Party candidate for the presidential election Francois Hollande is seen with his companion Valerie Trierweiler, in Tulle, southwestern France. The woman considered France's first lady was hospitalized after a report the president is having an affair with an actress, her office said Sunday, as a poll was released showing the French shrugging off any liaison as none of their business.

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Muslim women demand a ban on oral divorce in Ahmedabad.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila attend the ballet "La Esmeralda" in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. The couple announced their separation on state television. They had been married for 20 years.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila attend the ballet "La Esmeralda" in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. The couple announced their separation on state television. They had been married for 20 years.

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Rumi Nath and Jacky Zakir

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