AN FIR has been registered in Agra against a former Uttar Pradesh minister of the period of BSP and SP rules, Chaudhary Bashir, after one of his estranged wives accused him of divorcing her through “triple talaq” and marrying for the sixth time last month.
The woman, who was the fourth wife of the former minister, claimed that the local police station had initially not registered her complaint. The FIR was filed only after she approached Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muniraj G, the complainant said.
The second wife of the former Uttar Pradesh minister was a Hindu who had been forcibly converted. He had married Ginni Kakkar following Hindu rituals after which she came to know her husband was a Muslim who had a wife earlier.
There are several civil as well as criminal cases registered against this Muslim politician.
The complainant told the police she had married Bashir, with whom she had two children, in November 2012. “Soon after marriage, my husband and his sisters Rizwana, Shabana, Noor Fatima and Mezvi started harassing me mentally and physically. They used to beat and abuse me. Following that, I even took legal action against them and the matter is still in court. For the last three years, I have been living at my parental home,” she alleged in the FIR.
The woman said, “On 23 July, I came to know that my husband is having his sixth marriage with a woman named Shaista, and I went to his house. There, Chaudhary Bashir abused me and saying ‘teen talaq’ he forced me out. When I first went to the Mantola police station, the case wasn’t registered. Bashir is someone of a criminal background and thus, while providing me security, take necessary action against him.”
Mantola Station House Officer (SHO) Vinod Kumar confirmed that the FIR was registered on SSP Muniraj G’s directions. He said that there were two more cases against Bashir, both of them based on the woman’s complaints.
“The fresh FIR for triple talaq has been registered against Bashir and we are investigating the matter. No arrest has been made yet in the case,” the SHO added.
The former UP minister has been booked under IPC Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and relevant sections of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act.