Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case in the Supreme Court, has joined the BJP, the party’s West Bengal unit general secretary Sayantan Basu said today.
“Ishrat Jahan joined the BJP at our Howrah office yesterday,” Basu told PTI.
Sources said Ishrat was felicitated by the Howrah BJP unit on Friday and inducted into the party. Basu said a state-level programme to felicitate her was yet to be organised.
Ishrat was one of the five petitioners in the triple talaq case. Her husband had divorced her over the phone from Dubai in 2014 by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice.
The controversial Islamic practice was struck down by the Supreme Court on 22 August. The five-judge bench of the apex court had declared the instant talaq illegal through majority 3:2 verdict.
Last week, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government had passed the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha thereby criminalising the practice of instant talaq.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, who is touring various districts in the state, said he had also come to know from party sources that Ishrat had joined the BJP in Howrah.
Israt has not commented on the development.