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Man divorces wife over WhatsApp in India

Latest Update: October 8, 2015 | 138 Views

NEW DELHI: A man divorced his 21-year-old wife over WhatsApp just four weeks after marriage, an Indian newspaper reported.

The woman’s husband left for Dubai 10 days after their marriage, and then followed up with a ‘triple talaq’ after three weeks over the popular message sharing app.

The student, who was studying in a dental college, dropped out, left the home of her in-laws who allegedly ignored the talaq, and finally lodged a complaint at the women’s commission adalat in Pala, Kottayam.

A member of the women’s commission, J Prameela Devi revealed a shocking statement delivered to the victim: “He said she was like an apple, and he had already tasted it. So he did not want her anymore.”

According to the report, the ‘groom’ had been paid a Rs 10-lakh dowry in addition to 80 sovereigns of gold by the bride’s mother. While the commission has questioned the validity of a talaq over WhatsApp, the incident has divided Islamic scholars.

A member of the Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulama claimed that the divorce is valid, however will be granted only after discussions are held within the family, and “if the husband sticks to his decision”.


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