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Priya Motiani

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Read About Shazia Javed, Director Of The First Documentary On Triple Talaq

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  •  June 6, 2016


Shazia Javed is an Indo-Canadian writer, photographer, filmmaker and the Director/Producer of – an upcoming and first documentary about the practice of Triple Talaq in India.

For those of you who are not aware of the Triple Talaq practice, let me quote my dear friend Wikipedia, “In the alāq divorce, the husband pronounces the phrase “I divorce you” (in Arabic, talaq) to his wife. A man may divorce his wife three times, taking her back after the first two (reconciling). After the third talaq they can’t get back together until she marries someone else. Some do a “triple alāq”, in which the man says in one sitting “I divorce you” three times (or “I divorce you, three times”, “you’re triple divorced”).”

Shazia’s interest in transnational feminism, Muslim women’s social movements, New-media, and documentaries, is pretty evident in her description of the ‘3 Seconds Divorce’:

“We were startled by the numbers – we didn’t know that so many women encountered this method of divorce or lived in the fear that their husband may throw them out of the house anytime. All the women we spoke to wanted a ban.

Members within the community have acquired positions of authority and want to maintain status quo – they refuse to acknowledge interpretations of the Quran that align with the modern discourse on women’s rights. Their world view and reading of religious texts are very patriarchal. Further, Muslim women’s voices are ignored – they’ve been excluded from the discourse on their legal rights by both dominant Muslim bodies and the government,” Shazia recently said in an interview with TOI.

We’re looking forward to watching ‘3 Seconds Divorce’. Are you?

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