Bhopal: A 32-year-old man was arrested at Jhabuain Madhya Pradesh for allegedly giving “triple talaq” to his wife citing her obesity. The woman Salma Bano was receiving constant taunts from her husband and her mother-in-law for being fat stated the police.

Salma Bano, a native of Sherani Molla had married Arif Hussain ten years ago. The two of them have a daughter and a son.

Unable to bear the persistent nagging, the woman along with her children went to her mother’s place in Meghnagar for a few days. However, Arif Hussain and his mother came to the place where Bano was staying and allegedly beat her up. After the brutal incident, the husband granted her “triple talaq.”

Bano also found that her husband Arif Hussain had an extra-marital affair with another woman. A report by NDTV quoted Salma Bano as saying, “When I faced him for talking to another woman over the phone, he asked me to not interfere.”

Bano told news agency ANI that her husband tried to take away her children after the triple talaq incident. When she refused to part with her two children, Arif Hussain allegedly scared her with a death threat.

Acting on the complaint filed by Bano, police arrested Hussain. Police officer Kushal Singh Rawat said, “The husband has been arrested under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 323 and 498.”

Triple Talaq had been declared “unconstitutional” by the Supreme Court in its ruling last year. The controversial Islamic practice was banned by the top court as it allows men to instantly divorce their wives by telling “talaq” (divorce) three times. The practice was made illegal and void after a Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in December 2017. Triple Talaq has been made punishable in an ordinance cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind last month. As per the ordinance, the accused will be punished with a jail term of three years and will also be fined. The woman, on the other hand, is entitled to maintenance. Apart from this, the triple talaq bill is yet to obtain clearance from the Rajya Sabha.

(With Agency inputs)