Lucknow, Aug 4: Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, at least 40 women, who were subjected to domestic violence and triple talaq, sent rakhis to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking urgent help. The women, who claim to be “sisters of the nation”, sent rakhis to Yogi Adityanath with the help of a local NGO named Mera Haq Foundation. Apart from the UP CM, some of the triple talaq victims also sent rakhis to Prime minister Narendra Modi, reports claimed.
Narrating their ordeal, these women said they want the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to fulfill their promise of helping victims of triple talaq. “Tired of facing harassment from my brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, I one day complained to my husband about them. However, instead of helping me, he got angry at me and uttered the three dreaded words. My two-and-a-half-year marriage ended abruptly,” 22-year-old Esha Khan told Times of India. “BJP had promised before elections that it would help women like me. Through my rakhi, I want to remind the CM about his promise,” she added.
27-year-old Farhana, who was given triple talaq in May 2015, has similar story to tell. “My husband wanted a boy. After I gave birth to a baby girl, he divorced me and moved to Saudi Arabia. His family threw me and my daughter out. When I approached them again, my mother-in-law asked me to do ‘nikah halala’ with my brother-in-law which was unacceptable to me. This Raksha Bandhan, I want Yogi to put an end to my sufferings,” said Farhana.
Another woman namely, Nuzhat Kisa appealed Yogi Adityanath to ensure justice as her ‘rakhi present’. “As my husband and his family were disappointed with me for not bringing dowry, they would often physically assault me. Even when I was pregnant, the thrashing continued and it resulted in my miscarriage. I somehow managed to survive and am now seeking action against them. As a sister of the nation, I have asked Yogi to ensure speedy justice to me. This will be my rakhi present,” said Kisa, who is a domestic violence victim.
Farhat Naqvi, who runs the NGO Mera Haq Foundation said these women have been facing difficult time since years and want justice and safety. “Most of these women have lodged an FIR with the local police, but are being pressured by their husbands or in-laws to take back their complaints. They have received numerous threats. They are scared for their lives as have not been provided security by police. Besides, most of them have nowhere to go. These women want justice and safety and that is why they have sent rakhis to Yogi,” Farhana was quoted as saying.