Man in India 'uses Whatsapp to divorce wife' after just three weeks

The 27-year-old compared his new wife to an 'apple' who he didn;t want to taste anymore

Mollie Goodfellow
Monday 12 October 2015 12:37 BST
The 27-year-old used Whatsapp to end his marriage
The 27-year-old used Whatsapp to end his marriage (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A man in India has reportedly divorced his wife after just three weeks of marriage – via Whatsapp.

The unnamed groom is said to have been in an arranged marriage with a 21-year-old student when he requested a divorce, comparing her to an ‘apple’.

In a message via the instant messaging app he reportedly said she "was like an apple and he had already tasted it so he did not want her anymore".

The bride’s mother had paid 10 Indian rupees and 80 sovereigns of gold for the marriage, before he called it off, according to the Times of India.

The bride lodged a complaint to the woman’s commission in India after being left by the groom, who have now ruled that the 27-year-old husband must be found.

In Islamic law, divorce can be instigated if a husband says “Talaq” to his wife. However it is as yet unclear whether this needs to be delivered in person, or whether it’s acceptable via chat apps such as Whatsapp or Facebook.

T P Abdulla Majeed, the President of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen, an Islamic organisation in the Kerala state in India, has said that inciting “talaq” via Whatsapp is “flimsy”.

Speaking to the Times of India, he said: "Talaq cannot be practised in such a flimsy manner. It has got three stages. It has to be used only in a situation wherein it is extremely difficult to take forward a marriage.”

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