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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Malaysia permits text message divorce

By Aussiegirl

Who said Islam was behind the times? Keeping right in step with every technological advance, Muslim men may now divorce their wives using text messaging.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Malaysia permits text message divorce

Getting a quickie divorce has taken on a whole new meaning in Malaysia after it was decided that a man can divorce his wife with a text message.
The government's adviser on religious affairs, the man who counsels Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said as long as the message was clear and unambiguous it was valid under Islamic Sharia law.

"SMS is just another form of writing," Dr Abdul Hamid Othman was quoted by the New Straits Times daily newspaper as saying.

The decision follows a Malaysian court's ruling on Thursday in favour of a man who served divorce on his wife via a text message.


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