As India debates the validity of a law allowing men to divorce by uttering three words, one woman is blazing a trail by using the practice against her husband
As dusk was falling, Amreen Begum’s husband bundled her into his auto-rickshaw together with their two young children. He dumped them beside some wheat fields outside Meerut, a city 70km north-east of India’s capital, New Delhi. “He didn’t even bother going the extra 2km up to my parents’ home,” says Begum. She knew it was only a matter of time before her husband called or texted her to utter the words “talaq, talaq, talaq”, the instant and unilateral divorce available only to Muslim men.