Lucknow, Aug 19: A 22-year-old woman, who had approached the police take action against her husband under the controversial ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act’, has been burnt alive allegedly by her husband and in-laws at Gadra village of Shravasti district in Uttar Pradesh in front of her five-year-old daughter.
The victim has been identified as Sayeeda (22), daughter of Ramzan Khan. The incident occurred after she returned to her in-laws’ house as per the advice of the police even after her husband Nafees (26) gave her talaq.
It is learnt that Nafees, who works in Mumbai, had given triple talaq on August 6 to Sayeeda over phone, violating the rules of Islamic shariah.
“Sayeeda then approached police seeking action against her husband. However, the police sent her home telling her to let her husband return from Mumbai. When Nafees arrived on August 15, police summoned the couple, talked to them and told Sayeeda to stay with Nafees," said Ramzan Khan in his compliant.
Sayeeda's daughter Fatima told police, "On Friday noon, my father returned after offering Namaz and told mother to go away since he had given her talaq, resulting in a spat."
Fatima said: “My grandfather Azizullah, grandmother Haseena, and aunts Gudiya, Nadira came. Father held my mother by her hair and thrashed her, my aunts Nadira and Gudiya poured kerosene and grandfather Azizullah and grandmother Haseena lit a match.”
Sayeeda’s brother Rafique took Fatima to police where she narrated the whole incident. A police team was dispatched and Sayeeda’s body was sent for autopsy. Police registered an FIR on Saturday.
Shravasti SP, Ashish Srivastva said: “An FIR has been registered against Nafees and his family members on charges of dowry harassment, murder, and dowry prohibition act. The allegations of victim’s father about triple talaq will be probed. It will be seen why a case was not registered if the victim had approached police on August 6.”
Man divorces wife; she approaches police; he burns her alive