Sleep talk leads to divorce


An Indian Muslim says he will not be separated from his wife, despite uttering the words necessary for divorce while he was asleep.

Akhtar, from West Bengal state, told the BBC a ruling by village elders that the couple were divorced was unfair.

Uttering the word "talaq" (I divorce you) three times allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife with immediate effect.

But Akhtar says it has no force because he did not mean it, and he and his wife both say they want to stay together.

The BBC's Amitabha Bhattasali in Calcutta says several Muslim authorities in India have spoken out against the elders' ruling, arguing that the "triple talaq" pronouncement must be intentional to be recognised.

India's minority Muslim population has its own personal laws on issues such as marriage, divorce and inheritance.


Well, that was easy.


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