A newspaper ad has been used by a Saudi-Arabia based banker to end his marriage to a 25-year-old woman in Hyderabad.
According to the Moghalpura police, Mohammed Mustaquddin, pronounced talaq to his wife Syeda Naznen through an advertisement issued in a local Urdu daily on March 4. The city police have registered a case of cheating and harassment against him.
The police said Mustaquddin, a resident of Shastripuram, and Nazneen married in January 2015. Five months after their arranged marriage, they went to Saudi Arabia, where he worked. Mohd Mustaquddin had returned to Saudi after bringing back his wife and their 10-month-old baby-girl from the Arab country and leaving them here. She said that she went to her parent’s home after a fight with her husband. Three weeks later, Mushtaquddin allegedly left for Saudi Arabia without a word. He did not answer phone calls, the woman has alleged. She was told by her father-in-law that Mushtaquddin had returned to Saudi Arabia and was not allowed in their home.
“Neither the man nor his family responded to her calls, forcing her to approach the police,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, S. Gangadhar said. The police had obtained a copy of the advertisement and translated it.
Mushtaquddin had harassed his wife for a dowry of Rs. 20 lakh.
The woman told police that she was shocked to see the ad in the newspaper. Then she received a phone call from her husband’s lawyer.
‘If I did anything wrong, he should have spoken to me and my parents. If I was wrong he should have given talaaq in front of everyone as he has married me in front of all relatives,” the woman has said. ”Why did he run away to Saudi Arabia without meeting me… and divorce me through an ad even with a 10-month-old baby,” she wondered, her little daughter on her lap.
Police registered a case under IPC sections 498 (A) (husband or relative of husband subjecting woman to cruelty), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) against Mustaquddin. “We are conducting probe and also verifying if a divorce announced through a newspaper is valid under the Sharia (Muslim law),” the ACP said.
Last month, a 38-year-old man was arrested in Hyderabad for cheating his wife by giving her ‘triple talaq’ via a post card within 8 days of marriage.
Earlier this year, another Hyderabad man based in US allegedly divorced his wife by sending her ‘triple talaq’ in a WhatsApp message. Triple talaq allows Muslim men to get an instant divorce by saying the word ‘talaq’ or divorce thrice.