Sunday, April 23, 2006
India’s Supreme Court Orders Police Protection for Muslim Couple Forced to Separate by Religious Leaders
According to news reports, India’s Supreme Court on Friday instructed a provincial government to provide police protection to a Muslim couple who were forced to separate when local clerics issued a religious ruling that they could no longer live together. While intoxicated, the husband had uttered “talaq” three times, which allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife with immediate effect. He later retracted his statement and said the couple wanted to live together. However, it is claimed that they were forced to live apart for the last nine months by clerics who issued a “fatwa” or religious ruling that the couple were divorced. The court ruled that because India is a secular country, the religious decision could not be used to justify keeping them apart. Source. Khaleejtimes.com. To read the complete story, please click here (last visited April 23, 2006, reo).