Indian woman complain of Whatsapp divorce


Two Muslim women in the central Indian city of Hyderabad have complained to the Police after their husbands divorced them with the popular mobile messaging app Whatsapp.

The pair were victims of the so-called ‘triple talaq’, a controversial practice in some parts of the Muslim world in which men divorce their wives by making the three declarations required by Islamic law all at once, bypassing the intervals normally required. It remains legal but highly contentious among the Muslim communities of India.

The women were married to brothers who currently live in the United States. The Whatsapp messages sent to their Indian wives resulted in instant, unilateral divorce. One of the men then sent formal divorce papers via post.

The angry recipients teamed up, India Today reports, filing an official complaint and telling the local media that the brothers had “made marriage a joke”.

One said:

“Sharia law lets you divorce me, but who is going to look after our children? Doesn’t Sharia law ask of you to take care of your children?”

Triple talaq is been the subject of a continuing campaign by women’s rights activists in India and its legality is currently under consideration by the country’s Supreme Court.

Photo of Hyderabad by Mahesrig via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

View more from this author

Leave a comment