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Friday, December 29, 2006

A drunken divorce

Guy gets drunk. Guy says "talaq talaq talaq" to his wife. The neighbours overhear. The next day, the guy is happy with the wife again, the wife is happy with the guy again, but the village won't let them stay together. CNN-IBN reports:
While Akhtar and Sakina say they want to stay together and have no problems with each other, the local maulvis (Muslim clerics) have decreed them to be divorced.

According to Islamic law, for the duo to stay man and wife, Sakina has to marry another man, stay with him for at least four months, divorce him and then marry Akhtar again.

“He said it in a drunker stupor. We want to stay together but the society won’t let us,” says Sakia.
Really, what manner of foolishness is this? It reminds me of something Ayn Rand once said:
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
It is Akhtar and Sakina who deserve our protection here, not these gentlemen who wish to impose their will on others under the name of religion, which really should be just a matter of personal choice. No?

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