Varanasi, May 11: Before the Supreme Court took up the hearing on the most sensitive and delicate issue of triple talaq, Muslim women of Varanasi on Wednesday decided to invoke the blessings of Lord Hanuman to end the social evil that has ruined the life of thousands of Muslim women.
The novel initiative was organised by the Muslim Mahila Foundation (MMF), a NGO of Muslim Women in this holy city at Patalpuri Mutt in the city.
National President of the MMF Nazneen Ansari said that Hanuman Chalisa was seen as the most effective answer to overcome all the frustration and problems in life. The MMF too tried to seek refuge in divine prowess of Hanuman Chalisa to invoke blessings of Lord Hanuman to end this inhuman custom of triple talaq. Over 100 women participated in this program at the Patalpuri Mutt.
The program was graced by the presence of Indresh Kumar, Patron and Guide of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) which has taken up cudgels agaist triple talaq.
In his brief address Indresh Kumar said that triple talaq is an injustice and ‘halala’ is crime. He said Lord Hanuman is considered as most powerful God and he believed that the Lord would come to the rescue of Muslim women and free them from this inhuman practice of triple talaq and ‘halala’.
The program was attended by founder of Vishal Bharat Sansthan Dr Rajiv Shrivastava and other persons.
The very act of reciting Hanuman Chalisa by the Muslim women for invoking blessings of Lord Hanuman ahead of the Supreme Court’s hearing on the batch of petitions filed to end triple talaq, endorsed the fact that India lives with its ‘unity in diversity’.
The Muslim women said they are praying to God Hanuman ahead of the hearing, so that they get rid of this custom.
One of the Muslim women, Shabana said God and Allah both are same; it is the people on earth who have divided it.
“We are praying to Hanumanji to get rid of triple talaq, which is a trouble for us. We are praying so that the decision is taken in our favour. Everybody is same. We on earth have divided people. Ishwar, Allah all is same,” she told ANI.
Another victim of triple talaq, Nagma while narrating her ordeal said how her husband denied giving any money for her daughter after giving her divorce.
“I want my husband to be punished so that other men think twice before doing so,” she said.
One of the priests of the temple here said the victims of triple talaq are praying before Lord Hanuman to end ‘malpractice’ of the custom.
“The victims of triple talaq have faith in Hanumanji. They are in a very bad shape. In such a situation, they have prayed before Lord Hanuman that the Supreme Court ends this custom of triple talaq. May Lord Hanuman protect them,” he told ANI.
Shayara Banu, the first petitioner to challenge the Muslim personal law sparked the fight amongst Muslim women against instantaneous triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat), polygamy and nikah-halala.
Her rights and of many others remains to be recognized as the apex court prepares for the hearings.