May 08, 2008

But they can't use it in Maryland

...which is good news for women everywhere, too:

After his wife of more than two decades filed for divorce in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Irfan Aleem responded in writing in 2003, and not just in court.

Aleem went to the Pakistani Embassy in the District, where he executed a written document that asserted he was divorcing Farah Aleem. He performed "talaq," exercising a provision of Islamic religious and Pakistani secular law that allows husbands to divorce their wives by declaring "I divorce thee" three times. In Muslim countries, men have used talaq to leave their wives for centuries.

But they can't use it in Maryland, the state's highest court decided this week.

"But they can't use it in Maryland" might just be one of the most beautiful phrases in the English language...

Posted by Ideofact at May 8, 2008 01:14 AM
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