A veiled Muslim bride waits for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad, India, October 11, 2015. A total of 65 Muslim couples from various parts of Ahmedabad on Sunday took wedding vows during the mass marriage ceremony organised by a Muslim voluntary organisation, organisers said. REUTERS/Amit Dave - RTS3Z5U

New Delhi :Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, has joined the BJP, the party’s state unit general secretary Sayantan Basu said.

“Ishrat Jahan joined the BJP at our Howrah office yesterday (Friday),” Basu said.

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 August 22.

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