A Muslim cleric Arshad Badruddin has been given a warning by his wife that if he doesn’t shaved his beard then she will commit suicide. The 36 year old cleric also claims that his wife chats with other men (gair mard) using her smartphone despite his objections. Arshad has made a complaint to the DM as he is afraid that if his wife takes any extreme step, he will be held responsible for that. In fact, he has requested DM to arrange for counseling for his wife.
Arshad stated in his complaint to DM Pankaj Yadav that, “I am a ‘pesh imam’ (who leads prayers at a mosque) and I am a true follower of Islam. I got married to Sahana of Pilkhuwa town in Hapur district in 2001. Soon after our marriage, my wife demanded that I should shave and not keep beard as she likes clean-shaven men like Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. She has also brought a smartphone and chats with gair mard all day and night.”
Arshad tried his level best to make his 33 years old wife to understand that he is a cleric and it is almost a necessity for clerics to keep beard but she is not ready to listen to him, he further stated, “We have four children, and yet she insists on her demand. I have also told her many times to curtail the use of mobile phone as I fear that our children will also pick the bad habit and it would become difficult to discipline them. I am irritated by her behaviour. When I scolded her recently, she started crying and threatened to commit suicide after poisoning our children.”
He also talked about an incident in the letter which took place near EID, when his wife wanted to purchase some western clothes for the kids and herself, he stated, “When I refused to accompany her for Eid shopping, she quarrelled with me and again threatened to kill herself,” he added. “On the next day of Eid, she locked herself in a room. When I peeped inside, I found that she was trying to hang herself with a rope from the ceiling fan. I immediately called other family members and broke open the door. Luckily, we managed to save her. When we asked her why she was taking the extreme step, she kept mum and stopped talking to us.”
The popular news daily, TOI has talked to additional district magistrate Dinesh Chandra, who told, “We have sent the copy of the complaint to the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for a probe into the matter.”