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Woman served talaq notice alleges dowry harassment

Woman served talaq notice alleges dowry harassment

Author: Mateen Hafeez
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 9, 2008

Even as senior officials say police stations have been told to register FIRs immediately, a pregnant woman had to wait for a month to lodge a dowry case against her husband, who had earlier sent her a talaq notice.

Ansari Surayya, 23, approached the Nehru Nagar police on January 1 alleged that her husband, Allauddin Khan, 27, of Kurla, had tortured, harassed and beat her for dowry and had also accused her of infidelity.

An upset Surayya, speaking while lying in bed at her mother's place at Nehru Nagar in Kurla, said, "In April 2007, I got married and my father gave as much dowry as he could. However, my husband and his sisters began demanding more dowry. They said my father had not given sufficient dowry. Two months after marriage, my husband started alleging that I had physical relations with my cousin. How can he think of this?''

Surayya's father, Abdul Aziz, an auto driver, said, "My son is a college student and it is difficult for me to run the family alone. Despite this, I did everything possible for the wedding. On December 5 last year, we sat with Khan's family to settle the matter. Earlier, Khan had alleged that my daughter had affair with several people. In the meeting, he agreed to take Surayya to his place after she delivered the baby,'' claimed Aziz.

Breaking down, Surayya added, "But on December 12, I was shocked when we received a letter through Khan's advocate along with a piece of paper on which Khan had written that he was giving me talaq (divorce).'' She also alleged that Khan had been forcing her to have an abortion claiming that the child was not his, but she refused. According to the Islamic sect to which Surayya belongs, the talaq would be effective from the day she gives birth to the child.

Meanwhile, Khan's advocate Shahid Irfan said Surayya would not allow his client to come near her and she had an affair prior to their marriage, which created a problem. "I had asked them to reconcile, but the woman was unwilling to give up her past relationship. Whatever has happened is according to Shariat,'' said Irfan.

When asked why the police registered Surayya's case after a month, sub-inspector Subhash Khanvilkar of the Nehru Nagar police, said, "Khan had first complained that he did not want to stay with Surayya. Later, his wife brought charges against him. We have taken their statements and are conducting an inquiry since it's a dowry-related case. If she has been tortured in Mumbra (where Khan also has a flat), Surayya should have given the complaint there. We wanted to take the public prosecutor's opinion because of the talaq, but now have gone ahead and registered an FIR and will arrest Khan in a day or two.''


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