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Bareilly: Tortured, Kept Hungry, Triple Talaq Victim Dies on Way to Lucknow Hospital

Bareilly, July 12: A triple talaq victim, who was allegedly thrashed and confined to a room without food for a month by her husband, died during medical treatment, said media reports. The woman, who has a six-year-old child, was given divorce over the phone. Subsequently, she was locked inside a room without any food or water and was thrashed for dowry. Rescued by her family in April, she had been undergoing treatment but died on the way to a Lucknow hospital on Monday, said a report in The Indian Express.  An FIR was registered against her husband and in-laws soon after she was rescued in May, but the six accused named in the complaint were yet to be arrested. (Also read: Husband Gave Triple Talaq Over Burnt Chapati)

“My sister Razia got married to Naeem Khan in 2005. A few days after their marriage, Naeem started beating her up, demanding dowry. In April, Naeem gave her talaq over the phone. When he returned, he locked her in a room and wouldn’t give her food or water,” Razia’s elder sister Tara Bi said to the daily.

She said, “After keeping her locked for a month, Naeem took her to his maternal uncle’s house where she was confined in another room there. A local informed me about this. We went to Naeem’s uncle’s house, rescued her and brought her home. She was in a terrible condition so we got her admitted to a hospital.”

Bareilly district hospital Chief Medical Superintendent Dr KS Gupta said, “When Razia was brought to the hospital, she was like a living skeleton. After her health did not improve, on July 3, we recommended that she be taken to King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.” According to Tara Bi, Razia was admitted to the district hospital thrice over the last two and half months. “On Monday, she was not feeling well, so we arranged for a vehicle to take her to Lucknow. We left early Monday morning, but she died on the way at around 2.30 pm.”

SP (Rural) Satish Kumar, officiating as the district SSP, said an FIR was registered on the complaint of Razia against her husband and family under IPC sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace). “The charges under IPC section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) were added after Razia’s death, on the basis of a fresh complaint by her sister,” he added.

While Tara Bi alleged the police did not ever record her sister’s statement, even though the first FIR was lodged in May, SHO of Quila police station Kamlesh Kant Verma said, “Investigation is on and a search is on to arrest the accused since IPC section 304 was added to the FIR. The accused are on the run.”

Farhat Naqvi, founder of NGO ‘Mera Haq’, who helped rescue Razia from her husband’s home, said, “A few days ago, Razia said she felt she was not going to survive. She said that her last wish was that her son stayed with her family and not with her husband. Her sister has adopted Anas. We have yet to get justice for Razia.” Last year, the Supreme Court had struck down instant triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional.

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