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Nikah halala: woman seeks protection

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SC asks UP to reply to plea, which was filed after crusader’s brother-in-law allegedly threw acid at her

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to respond to a protection plea filed by a woman after her relative allegedly threw acid at her.

Rani alias Sabnam has been fighting against personal law practices such as nikah halala and polygamy through a petition in the Supreme Court.

She was attacked by her brother-in-law on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. She is currently under undergoing treatment.

“Direct the authority concerned in Uttar Pradesh to provide adequate security and proper treatment to the injured applicant/petitioner with immediate effect,” read the plea filed by Rani, through her counsel in the Supreme Court.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra issued a notice to the State through its Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati.

Next hearing

The matter has been listed for further hearing on September 17. Numerous petitions have been filed in the apex court challenging the prevalent practices of nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims saying it was in violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

While polygamy allows a Muslim man to have four wives, nikah halala deals with the process in which a Muslim woman, who wants to remarry her husband after divorce, has to first marry another person and get a divorce from him after consummation.

In her plea against nikah halala and polygamy, Rani had alleged that her husband divorced her through triple talaq and forced her to perform nikah halala with her brother-in-law.

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