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UP: Woman faces triple talaq after voting for BJP in Lok Sabha elections, husband Saiwan Miya and relatives booked

"On asking about the first marriage, Saiwan Miya gave unconvincing answers and then began to assault me for enquiring about his personal life. He and his family had deliberately hidden the fact that he was already married and a father of a kid," Sofiya said in the FIR.

On 7th July, Charra police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh filed an FIR against one unknown person based on the complaint filed by a woman identified as Sofiya Khan (name changed). The woman in the complaint stated that her husband, Saiwan Miya divorced her by giving her ‘triple talaq’ after she voted for a BJP candidate in the recently happened Lok Sabha elections.

The FIR copy of the incident has been obtained by OpIndia. The victim woman in the FIR said that she got married to Saiwan Miya in April 2021. She stated that her husband hid the fact from her that he was already married and that already had a kid. She also stated that Saiwan Miya accepted 8,50,000 from her family as a dowry.

“On asking about the first marriage, Saiwan Miya gave unconvincing answers and then began to assault me for enquiring about his personal life. He and his family had deliberately hidden the fact that he was already married and a father of a kid,” Sofiya said in the FIR.

FIR copy obtained by OpIndia

“They (Saiwan and his family) also asked for additional dowry and his family threatened that they would get her divorced from him soon. They used to assault and abuse brutally,” she added. Recently Saiwan Miya threatened her and gave her divorce by saying talaq three times.

As per the complaint, on 24th April this year, the woman was returning from the voting booth amid the then-underway Lok Sabha elections. The accused and his brothers Shabbu and Shadan met her on her way home and asked where had she gone. “I told them I was returning from the voting booth. After this, they asked me whom did I vote for. On saying BJP, his brothers asked Saiwan Miya to divorce me,” the woman said.

The accused then said talaq three times and indicated that all his relations with the woman were over.

Woman had contested from Samajwadi party, was assaulted by husband after losing ZP elections

The woman while talking to the media also stated that she had contested the local body elections from the Samajwadi Party a few years back after which Saiwan deceptively married her. Later after the woman lost, the accused began hitting her. The woman then realized that BJP was the party that was working for the betterment of the community and the society, after which she decided to vote for the party in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, resulting in a triple talaq.

SHO Charra confirmed incident to OpIndia, said accused Saiwan Miya, Khurshid, Shabbu, Shadan, and Khurgan will soon be arrested

The FIR in the case has been filed under sections 498A (protects married women from cruelty inflicted by their husbands or relatives), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860; 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and 3 and 4 Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019.

OpIndia talked to SHO Charra Balendra Singh who confirmed the incident and said that the woman was assaulted and issued triple talaq. He also added “So far no arrests have been made. The accused identified as Saiwan Miya, Khurshid, Shabbu, Shadan, and Khurgan will soon be arrested. A complaint has been filed. Investigations are underway,” he said.

A similar incident was reported in June this year where a Muslim man from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district issued triple talaq to his 26-year-old wife after she voted for BJP. The woman had filed a police complaint against her husband accusing him and her in-laws of physically and mentally torturing her for dowry. However, the woman’s husband has refuted the allegations, accusing her of having extramarital affairs.

The victim woman claimed that her husband had earlier sent her the talaq notice and that his family had falsely accused her of being ‘characterless’. “I supported and voted for the BJP. When my husband, his mother, and sisters learned of this, he gave me triple talaq. His family members asked him to either leave them or give triple talaq to me,” the victim was quoted as saying.

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Siddhi Somani
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Siddhi Somani is known for her satirical and factual hand in Economic, Social and Political writing. Having completed her post graduation in Journalism, she is pursuing her Masters in Politics. The author meanwhile is also exploring her hand in analytics and statistics. (Twitter- @sidis28)

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