A major newspaper has a piece about Muslim divorce practices in India. The feature focuses on a Muslim woman who was divorced when her husband wrote a letter with three statements divorcing her. This is consistent with Muslim practice. The woman took the matter to court, contending that the practice is not a critical feature of Islam, has been modified in some Muslim countries, and should be made illegal in India. She has been attacked by Muslim clerics but has the support of women’s groups.
- In India, a Muslim man can utter or write “I divorce you” three times (at the same time or over time) and he will be divorced from his wife automatically.
- A 35-year-old woman who was divorced started a petition to end this practice.
- More than 65% of divorced Muslim women were divorced in this manner.
“India allows communities to follow family laws that are governed by their religion.”
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indian-muslim-men-can-end-a-marriage-by-saying-divorce-three-times-one-woman-wants-to-stop-that/2017/01/30/af0f4f9e-1b32-4e79-8ab3-1e6e89c3ec27_story.html