Messaging Apps and Social Media Arguably Becoming Preferred Means of Declaring Intention to Divorce – and Effecting Religious Divorce – in Muslim World

After Wife’s family reportedly pays Husband a dowry, Indian Muslim Husband and Wife marry.

Within a matter of weeks, Husband reportedly leaves the country for work in Dubai … and, using a mobile app called WhatsApp, text messages Wife an Arabic phrase which translates into English as divorcing. Husband follows the text with a “courtesy” e-mail and phone call delivering the same message.

It turns out that Husband had provided Wife with bogus work and home addresses in Dubai.

Wife, no fool, reportedly files complaints with the Indian family court, police and a so-called “women’s commission”. The authorities are actively engaged in locating Husband, to hold him accountable for his distasteful conduct.

Religious scholars debate the validity of invoking religious divorce via apps, text messages and similar technology. But the invoking Husbands are reportedly moving right along to their next wives – and, perhaps, dowry.

And while they are debating, it appears that an epidemic of such divorces is spreading like wildfire across the Muslim world …

Read more in:

  1. this New Delhi TV news article: Divorced on WhatsApp 10 Days After Marriage, Alleges Kerala Woman
  2. this UK Mirror news article: Man divorces wife on WhatsApp after just THREE weeks – because she was ‘like an apple’
  3. this UK Independent news article: Man in India ‘uses Whatsapp to divorce wife’ after just three weeks
  4. this Emirates 24|7 news article: Man divorces wife by ‘WhatsApp’ to marry again
  5. this Arabian Business article: Around 1,000 Dubai couples divorced over rows related to social media and
  6. this Gulf Digital News Online article: UAE: Couple get divorces because of WhatsApp .