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The case of the accidental talaq

December 21, 2006 16:03 IST

A 55-year-old tailor, who said talaq (divorce) to his wife in a drunken state in Vaishali, has been separated from his wife by a local cleric.

Akhtar, a resident of Prabodhi village in Bihar's Vaishali district, said "talaq, talaq, talaq" to his wife Sakeena in a fit of rage after she objected to his drinking. Akhtar's neighbours informed the local maulvi, Inamul Haq Khan, about the incident, who quoting from the Shariat law decreed that the couple have been divorced and would have to live separately.

"Triple talaq, uttered even in an inebriated state, holds that they are barred under Islamic law from living together as man and wife," Khan said.

Akhtar, a father of three, admits his guilt but says his drunken state at the time of the incident should be kept in mind and he should be forgiven. "I was drunk. I don't remember whether I pronounced talaq once or three times.

I want to be with my wife and children," said Akhtar, who is living at his shop ever since the decree by the cleric four days ago.

Sakeena says he was too drunk to realise the seriousness of uttering talaq and wants him forgiven. Under the Islamic law if a divorced woman wants to remarry her first husband, she has to perform halala marry another person and then divorce him to facilitate remarriage with the first husband.

When contacted for comments Bihar Housing Minister Monaz Hassan said the couple would have to follow the Shariat law as interpreted by the village cleric.

"The maulvi has taken the right decision. If the couple still continue to live together, it would be haram (sin) under the Islamic law," he said.

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Number of User Comments: 7

Sub: Non-sense

I wish that cleric has some sense and respect for Indian laws. Worse in this case that our "honorouble" minister has endoesed. Religious extremism / ...

Posted by K.Sengathir Selvan

Sub: Is this a joke??

The minister elected to the office by Democratic process and not by any Islamic process endorses this lowly, primitive and heinous separation the Islamic way ...

Posted by Ash

Sub: Very cheap peace of journalism

This article appears to be the work of a very biased journalist. Sure, we all hate muslims, but whoever wrote this story is only fit ...

Posted by mahatma gandhi

Sub: a

this is purely a old one.. atleast they have to change the rule now... mutta tulaq

Posted by sakthiraj

Sub: Excellent decision

This is an eye opener. Men will think twice (even when they are drunk) before saying talaq, talaq, talaq. This was such a major issue ...

Posted by Karl



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