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Arshiya seeks justice: Who will fight for her cause?

The report of over hundreds of thousands of Muslim women taking out an impressive rally in Pune against the Uniform Civil Code has been a huge hit going literally viral on the social media site with some Muslim media even sharing the story. However, as campaigns are going across the country against the UCC, a report of an 18-year-old girl, Arshiya Bagwan from Baramati, has been under reported by the Muslim media as it makes no mention.

According to The Indian Express report, after Arshiya was divorced by her husband through triple talaq, she has decided to take the fight to a family court. At a press conference organised by the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, a little known organization, she talked about the harassment she faced at the hands of her mother-in-law. Arshiya was married on May 6, 2014 to Mohammed Kazim Salim Bagwan (23), a resident of Baramati and a vegetable trader.

“My parents are not financially sound but still bore the expenses of my marriage and also gave dowry. The financial condition of my in-laws is good but still they harassed me…. While we were married, my husband and in-laws had promised me that they would let me pursue my studies. I had scored 74 per cent marks in SSC exams. In Class XI, I scored 78 per cent marks. But after marriage, they did not allow me to study further,” Arshiya said.

“My husband stopped receiving my calls. So I decided to meet him at his work place. He promised to take me back in two days and also assured me that we would stay separately to avoid further disputes. But he never came and on October 8, we received a notice from my husband giving me triple talaq,” she said.

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