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Muslim’s Instant Divorce Law — why men can and women can’t

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14.09.2017

In Muslim society, divorce has nearly become taboo. A large group of Muslim women all around the world have gone through the agony of ‘Instant Divorce’ (Triple ‘Talaq’ in a single sitting) in their lives. The majority of them were not even present in person when their husbands uttered those three words. This has led the divorced women around the globe to raise questions and ask for an explanation from the court. Their only question is, “if men can divorce women instantly, why can’t women?”

In Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia, cases have been seen where Muslim men have divorced their better half through a simple SMS or other online services such as, Skype, IMO and WhatsApp. This triple talaq is lawful and permitted under the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act of 1937, which expresses that husbands can get divorced from their wives by just saying talaq three times.

In such separations — which are available only to men — husbands can remove their wives from their homes for the most part with no divorce settlement or alimony, leaving the ladies with few assets or prospects. This is where women can work things out.

A greater part of Muslim women in Pakistan are uneducated, and just 20 percent have ever worked outside their homes, according to a province-wise literacy........

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