Barely two months after the Supreme Court ruling against instant triple talaq, Yasmeen Khalid, the wife of an Aligarh Muslim University professor Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan threatens of commiting suicide since he gave her talaq. She alleged that he gave her talaq wrongly on WhatsApp and then as a text message. Furthermore, she threatened that if justice was not meted out, she would immolate herself with her three children in front of the VC's house.
Speaking to the media, she said, "He (Khan) turned me out of the house and I have been running from pillar to post to get justice. But no one has helped me so far. However, with the help of police I did manage to get access to my house on Friday evening."
Khan, who has been associated with the university for 27 years and now working as a professor and chairman at the department of Sanskrit, denied all allegations and said,"I had not only given her talaq on WhatsApp and SMS but had also verbally told her in front of two other people and adhered to the time duration as per Sharia."
He claimed that he was the real victim in the case since his wife hid facts about her before marriage. He said, " I later got to know that she was not even a graduate, unlike what she had claimed. I will give her the third talaq too, on a proper date, and no one can stop me. I don't care what she does."
However, Yasmeen said that she was not only a graduate but had also done her MA and BEd from AMU.
Meanwhile, SSP Rajesh Pandey said that the police managed to get her entry into the house. He also said that Yasmeen had not yet lodged a complaint against the professor and insisted on counselling. He further added, "In such a scenario, there isn't much the police department can do. We have called both of them here."
This August, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court termed the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional and asked the government to make a new law on the issue in six months. If that, however, did not happen, the SC's injunction on triple talaq would continue. The apex court referred to the abolition of triple talaq in some Islamic countries and asked why "independent India" could not get rid of it.