Indian man held for divorcing wife via postcard

An Indian man has been arrested for harassment and cheating for divorcing his second wife via postcard.

Mohammed Haneef, 38, sent the postcard just three weeks after he got married in the southern city of Hyderabad.

He wrote the word “talaq” (divorce) three times on the postcard. A Muslim man in India can divorce his wife just by mentioning the word three times.

Mr Haneef was released on bail, but police said that he would be arrested again – this time on charges of rape.

“Our investigation showed that the marriage procedure was not correct because he did not have the right papers,” V Satyanarayana, deputy commissioner of police, told the BBC.

“We are cancelling the bail given to Haneef first and we will arrest him for rape as per our legal advice,” he added.

Mr Haneef is still married to his first wife, and reportedly married again with her consent. Under Islamic law a man is allowed to have up to four wives.

He was arrested after his second wife filed a complaint.

The practice of triple talaq, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives in an instant, is facing fierce opposition in India.

Women’s groups have been campaigning against the practice and India’s top court is in the process of deciding whether it is unconstitutional.

Activists say most Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned triple talaq, but it thrives in India.



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