“I was his wife, but now I am his mother, what a joke” Wife complains to media

In a heart-wrenching account, the life of a Muslim woman has shed light on the controversial practice of Halala, highlighting the immense challenges faced by women trapped in this tradition. The woman, whose identity remains anonymous, has endured a series of shocking events that have left her in unimaginable circumstances.

The woman’s spouse chose to end their marriage in 2009, which saddened her. She was forced to follow Halala instead of being given the option to walk on. According to the contentious tradition known as halala, a divorced woman must first wed another man, have a child with him, and then get divorced from him before she may wed her ex-husband again. And to make her situation even worse, she was forced to wed her own father-in-law.

After then, the woman’s agony persisted. Her second marriage ended in divorce in 2017, leaving her exposed once more. Then, while residing with them as their wife and sister-in-law, she was coerced into a marriage to her husband’s brother. She became the mother of her former husband when her spouse’s father abruptly wed her. But her struggles weren’t over yet. She proceeded to experience marriages and divorces, leaving her emotionally bruised and unsure about her future.

Her husband suggested that she marry his brother in an effort to end this cycle so that he could refer to her as his sister-in-law, adding another level of complexity to her already turbulent existence.

The terrible account of this woman’s life highlights the pressing need to address and abolish the Halala practice. Due to its exploitative character, especially towards weak women trying to remarry their ex-spouses, this deeply ingrained institution has drawn a great deal of discussion and condemnation.

In recent years, individuals and organizations have worked to draw attention to the suffering of the women who are impacted by this practice. Discussions and calls for legislative changes among Muslim communities have tried to promote gender equality and the defense of women’s rights.

Sweta Dagar is an avid reader and writer. She hails from Bulandshahr (U.P) where she completed her formap education. She loves exploring varieties of topics that shape the public opinion at large. If you have any queries, feel free to contact her at [email protected].