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article imageSaudi Man divorces wife through text message

By Edward Xiao     Dec 28, 2010 in Lifestyle
Medina - A Saudi Arabian court has ruled that a man's angry text message to his wife announcing his separation from her was valid grounds for a divorce.
According to Emirates 24/7, a woman from Medina approached the court with a plea for divorce and supported it with her then-husband's SMS, a text he sent her after an argument.
While the wife was overjoyed and proclaimed that she could be free of him, the husband disagreed. According to Jonathan Turley, the husband said that while he did indeed send her the message, he only did it because he was angry and did not mean to divorce her.
However, the judge saw the husband's text as a legitimate divorce under Islam and decided to grant the wife's request for a divorce.
While others have attempted to divorce their spouses via SMS, only one other account of a successful divorce-by-text has been recorded, says Cellular-News.
The difficulty in divorcing a spouse under nontraditional means in Islamic countries can be attributed to strict Islamic rules regarding the sanctity of marriage.
In 2007, an Islamic court fined Malaysian politician Kamaruddin Ambok US $145 after he attempted to divorce his wife via text.
In Malaysia, a formal divorce can only occur if a divorce statement is uttered in an Islamic court.
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