Acid attack on nikah halala petitioner: woman seeks protection

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to respond to a protection plea filed by acid attack victim Shabnam Rani. Shabnam, one of the women who filed a petition against nikah halala attacked with acid in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. The attack was carried out by her brother-in-law and his friends. She is currently under undergoing treatment.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwikar and D Y Chandrachud considered the plea of Shabnam Rani, and asked advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, counsel for Rani, to submit a copy of the petition to the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government.

The Bench issued a notice to the State through its Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati. According to reports, Shabnam was attacked with acid on Thursday while she was on her way to register a police complaint after she was allegedly assaulted at her in-law’s house a day earlier.

The reports stated that Shabnam’s husband had earlier allegedly divorced her by the means of triple talaq after remarried. She then challenged both practices of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ in the apex court. The matter has been listed for further hearing on September 17.

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