What the Criminalization of Instant Divorce Means for India’s Muslims

A Muslim woman displays a placard during a protest against a bill passed by India's lower house of Parliament that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the

A Muslim woman displays a placard during a protest against a bill passed by India’s lower house of Parliament that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq,” or instant divorce, in Ahmedabad, India, January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave – RC1C2408CDE0

Source: The Atlantic

BY Danish Raza

In January 2016, Afreen Rehman, a resident of Jaipur, in northwest India, was recovering from a road accident when her husband sent a letter to her maternal uncle and grandfather.

Syed Ashar Ali Warsi had handwritten the word talaq thrice. Their marriage of 16 months was over.

Warsi had used an interpretation of Islamic law that allows a husband to annul a marriage by uttering the word talaq—Arabic for “divorce”—three times. The practice is commonly known as “triple talaq,” or instant divorce.

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2 replies

  1. In Germany marriage comprises of a civil ceremony, and for anyone wanting a religious ceremony they have an additional separate event. It used to be that on Fridays it was a civil event and on Sundays the religious ceremony. But it is the civil ceremony that registers a marriage. That should apply to all. But I know that here in the UK many Muslim marriages are only Shariah events, which don’t really have any legal standing in British law. It also affords many to have multiple marriages. When living in any country it should be imperative to live by the laws of that country, that includes marriage by any religious group.

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