Lucknow: “I still remember the day you took me away from those who have kept me in their arms for these many years. I remember those wedding rituals, the heavy wedding attire that I had to wear to maintain the social quotient of your family. My teary eyes, my heavy heart, my shivering body, the itching throat and then your strong and protective hand coming by my side to assure me that I was not alone…. I remember everything.
All those gestures that you have shown made me come closer to you. The more you smiled at me, the more I started falling for you. When you took my hand into yours, I was the most powerful woman in the world. Each time you stood by my side, I was assured of winning the world.
BUT, today I am standing here, alone… defeated… All that glitter I had in my eyes has turned into tears; the shivering hand that you held is again shivering today and you are not here to hold me.
I had started knitting a dream of being happiest woman with you when, I was told of being the most unfortunate dreamer.
All that I have been left with is my grief, society’s taunts and a question…. ‘What mistake of mine made your ‘Qubool Hai’ to change into ‘Talaq, Talaq, Talaq…?”
This is all that a Muslim woman is left with when she has to describe the pain of Triple Talaq. The ongoing tradition of divorcing a woman in this particular community has left them feel like a puppet dancing in hands of these rulers of the patriarch society.
The exploitation of women that this Triple Talaq does might have been identified by the leaders and concerned authorities now but a section of this society was aware of women being treated like a door mat rather than human being years ago.
A renowned filmmaker B.R Chopra, in his movie Nikah (1982), made a social comment on the sharia laws of divorce (Talaq) and its misuse in Indian Muslim society.
In slide ahead: What the movie pointed out at…?