Farhat Naqvi of Mera Haq Foundation, who is fighting the cases for three divorced women, has herself lost the legal battle against her husband and in-laws.
Despite a 12-year-long court proceeding, Farhat was not able to prove the allegations of dowry harassment imposed on her husband and other in-laws. The court acquitted Farhat Naqvi’s husband Rehan Haider, brother-in-laws Rizwan, Irfan, Zeeshan and sister-in-laws Romana in the absence of any concrete evidence.
- Farhat Naqvi was married on 28 April 2005 with Syed Rehan Haider, a resident of Rohili Tola, Uttar Pradesh
- However, they got divorced shortly after marriage
- Farhat had lodged an FIR for dowry harassment on August 30, 2007 against her husband, mother-in-law, brother-in-laws and sister-in-law at the local police station
- She alleged that post marriage, her in-laws started harassing her for a Maruti car as dowry
- Farhat gave birth to a daughter on June 8, 2006 at Ashok Kiran Hospital and according to her the operation cost was borne by her father and not husband
- However, the defence presented bills to the court which were borne by Farhat’s husband at the time of their child’s birth
- Farhat also alleged that after the birth of the daughter, the in-laws started started demanding Rs 1 lakh along with the car in dowry
- When their demand was not met, Farhat alleged that she was beaten up by her in-laws and thrown out of the marital home in January 2007
- Later, all the accused in the dowry harassment case appeared in court and got bail
- During the hearing of the case, Farhat’s mother-in-law Nazmin died
- During the hearing, statements of Farhat Naqvi, her brother and family were also recorded in the court
- However, Farhat could not prove the charges of dowry harassment in the court even after 12 years
- Rehan Haider’s advocate Suresh Kumar Singh argued in the court that after marriage, Rehan and his family held Farhat dearly
- Husband Rehan loved his wife Farhat very much and he also got Farhat to complete her B.Com degree in a Bareilly College
Farhat Naqvi is the sister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs in the BJP Government. According to her she will not give up the fight for her rights and is planning to approach the High Court to seek justice. This judgement in her case has ironically come within a few days of Triple Talaq bill being passed in both the houses.
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