In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old woman was allegedly burnt alive by her husband and in-laws in front of her five-year-old daughter. The incident happened in Gadra village of Shravasti district in Uttar Pradesh late on Friday evening after she lodged a police complaint on being given triple talaq.
As per reports, Nafees (26), who works in Mumbai, had given triple talaq to his daughter Sayeeda over phone on August 6. Sayeeda went to lodge a complaint, but police did not register a case and sent her home telling her to let her husband return from Mumbai.
As Nafees arrived home on August 15, police summoned the couple, talked to them and told Sayeeda to stay with Nafees. Following this, Friday noon, Sayeeda was asked again to go away since he had given her talaq. When they found her not willing to obey, she was burnt alive within the house. According to Sayeeda’s daugher, her grandparents set her mother on fire. The 22-year-old succumbed to her injuries.
Sayeeda’s body has been sent for post-mortem. The cops have now registered a case of dowry harassment and murder against the husband and his family. However, no arrests have been made yet, the TOI report said. The officials also said that they will probe why local police did not register a case the first time the victim approached them on August 6 itself.
It was in July, President Ram Nath Kovind signed in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill, 2019 that made instant triple talaq among Muslims a criminal offence. With his nod, the Bill has become an Act. It will be deemed to have come into force from September 19, 2018. The Bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21 to the same effect.