Imagine yourself being in a foreign nation, all alone, in search of your spouse who deserted you for good with even the officers of the law refusing to help you in any way. It is no less than a nightmare to be in such a situation and if you think that this is some fictional story, let me just tell you this all happened to a woman in real life.
After facing a long legal battle, Mariyam Khaliq, a British woman of Pakistani origin finally got divorced and received alimony from her Indian husband, Noushad Hussain. Noushad deserted her and married another woman.
Hailing from Chavakkad, Kerala, Noushad was pursuing his MBA degree in London when he met Mariyam, who was a sales officer.
After a courtship period of 18 months, Noushad and Mariyam got married in 2013. Just after a year, Noushad left for India saying he is going to get approval from his parents.
Noushad even promised to arrange a proper wedding in Kerala once his parents approved of their relationship.
In hope of finding her husband, Mariyam visited Kerala in 2015 with her wedding album. However, it was very difficult to find her husband as even the police didn’t help her due to her Pakistani background.
Finally, an NGO named ‘Snehitha’ came to her help and located Noushad after an intensive two-month search. When he refused to accept Mariyam, a case was filed against him at Kunnamkulam first-class magistrate court in 2015.
The magistrate granted Mariyam permission to stay in Noushad’s house and asked the police to give her protection.
Despite Mariyam’s stay in his house, Noushad married another woman. According to Mariyam, his family also lodged false complaints against her of being a Pakistani spy.
“THEY TRIED THEIR BEST TO CANCEL MY VISA, BUT I WAS FIRM.”
At last, with the support of a few locals and lawyers, Mariyam was able to get a divorce order from London. A settlement was then reached against the court that provided her with a one-time alimony.
Adding that she wants to tour India before leaving for the UK, Mariyam wishes that no other woman faces the ordeal that she did.
“PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY HERE. THOUGH THE SYSTEM IS A BIT SLOW, IT WORKS EFFECTIVELY. I HOPE MY CASE WILL WORK AS A DETERRENT TO MANY WOMEN WHO ARE DUPED IN A SIMILAR FASHION.”
Mariyam’s story is no less than an inspiration for everyone who has faced similar problems in their lives. It may have been a little late, but she finally got the justice she deserved