Bengaluru: Days after a bill criminalising triple talaq was passed in Lok Sabha, a woman in Bengaluru was allegedly given instant divorce by her US-based husband through a WhatsApp message. The woman identified as Reshma has now urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help her. “He left me at my parents’ place, went back to the US, divorced me through a message. Can’t reach my kids. Met Joint Secretary of External Affairs Ministry, they are aware of my case,” the woman told ANI.

Taking the matter into consideration, the Ministry of Women and Child Development also assured full help to the woman. “First instance post passing of Triple Talaq Bill, criminalising the act of instant divorce in Muslim community will be dealt with and we’ll ensure justice is done,” the ministry said.

“We have reached out to the brother of the woman and have requested for all details at gandhim@nic.in. She has been assured all assistance,” Manek Gandhi, the women and child development minister tweeted.

In yet another incident this month, a 24-year-old woman alleged that she received the triple talaq notice from her husband via WhatsApp call after a dowry harassment case was registered against him. The woman lodged a complaint against her husband for giving instant divorce. She claimed that she faced severe harassment after she delivered a girl child this year in February.

The dowry harassment complaint was lodged on November 22 by Sumayya Banu, a graduate from Yousufguda, against her husband Mohammed Muzzammil Shareef, who is a principal of a high school in Tolichowki. As per the complaint filed by the victim, she got married to Muzammil in January 2017. However, within a month of their marriage, her husband started harassing her.

The Triple Talaq Bill criminalises the act of instant divorce in the Muslim community. The contentious triple talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha for the second time in less than a year after a heated debate on Thursday. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is slated to move the Muslim Women Bill (Triple Talaq) 2018 on December 31 this year. The move would ensure the protection of rights of married Muslim women. It also seeks to prohibit the practice of instant divorce by pronouncing talaq three times by their husbands.

(With Agency inputs)