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Voting for BJP results in divorce

Dilwara Begum

Sonitpur (Assam): The husband of a 23-year-old woman in Assam’s Biswanath Charali district divorced her for purportedly casting her vote to a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate in the recently-concluded elections.

Dilwara Begum, a resident of Adabheti village under the Chatiya police station, had cast her vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Biswanath assembly segment on April 4, which infuriated her husband Aaimuddin Ali, a farmer, who divorced her immediately by saying ‘talaq’ three times. The couple have a five-year-old daughter.

Dilwara Begum told ANI, “I came to know about talaaq only yesterday (Friday). He had threatened me over phone that he would give me divorce, to which I told him if casting a vote compelled him give divorce to me then let it be.”

Her brother-in-law said, “When my brother asked his wife about her voting, she replied that she had given her vote to the flower symbol; to which my brother told her that he did not want to live with a woman who had voted to the flower and gave her divorce.”

Though the woman is living at her husband’s house, Aaimuddin has left the home.


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