A Muslim woman divorced her husband at a press conference in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow after her plea for “khula” to “free herself from a tortuous marriage” was allegedly ignored by the man and clerics.
The move comes weeks after the Supreme Court banned instant divorce, or triple talaq, by Muslim men. Khula is the process through which a Muslim woman can divorce. It’s long and elaborate.
Shajada Khatoon said she decided to divorce through a letter, which she signed at the press conference, because her husband and clerics were avoiding her plea for 18 months.
“Juber Ali made my life hell just a few days after I got married on November 14, 2005. The torture was so much that I filed a case against him. But that too did not bring relief,” she said.
“I wish I’ll be free from today.”
Khatoon, a schoolteacher, has not been living with her husband for the past …