“My two children have gone missing. I have lodged a complaint with the police. I want my children back,” said Ishrat Jehan, speaking to the Indian Express over phone. She lodged the complaint with Golabari police station this afternoon.
Kolkata: Ishrat Jehan, one of the petitioners against Triple Talaq in the Supreme Court, on Thursday
lodged a police complaint regarding her two children going missing from her home. She lodged a missing
diary stating that her two children have gone missing. “My two children have gone missing. I have
lodged a complaint with the police. I want my children back,” said Ishrat Jehan, speaking to the Indian
Express over phone. She lodged the complaint with Golabari police station this afternoon. “We have
received a missing diary and an investigation has been initiated,” said a senior police officer from
According to sources, Ishrat could not find her two children at home this morning. She asked her in-
laws, who said that her husband has taken them away. She tried to contact her husband but failed. Then
she went to Golabari police station and lodged the complaint.
“Just about a month back two of my children, elder girl Shayestha ( 13) and my son Zaid (7) came to me.
But since morning they are missing. Earlier they had called and said they cannot live there since their
stepmother ill treats them. I miss them and want them back,” said Ishrat.
Ishrat, a mother of four, had her children taken away to Bihar (at the house of her in-laws) after she
was given talaq by her husband. Earlier this month, two of her children were sent to her, while two
others Kehekasha(11) and Bushra (9) stayed in Bihar with their stepmother. Police sources stated that
the children may have been taken away by Ishrat’s in-laws and they are being contacted.
Read | ‘It was hell… hope nobody goes through what I did,’ says petitioner Ishrat Jehan
Ishrat was among the few Muslim women who petitioned the Supreme Court against triple talaq. In April
2015, Md Murtaza Ansari, her husband who works in Dubai, called her up and gave her talaq.
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court recently ruled that the practice of instant triple talaq in the
Muslim community is unconstitutional. The bench, headed by then Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, set
aside the practice by a majority of 3:2.