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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
  Man Accidentally Divorces Wife in Sleep; authorities force him to follow through
Man Accidentally Divorces Wife in Sleep: "Village elders ordered a Muslim man in eastern India to leave his wife after he accidentally ... uttered the Urdu word for divorce, 'talaq,' three times in his sleep, prompting his worried wife to discuss the matter with her friends ....
Muslim leaders in the couple's village in West Bengal state found out and decreed that Ansari's unconscious utterances constituted a divorce, ...
But 30-year-old Ansari said he had no intention of leaving his wife of 11 years.
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The religious leaders said that before remarrying, the couple would have to be apart for at least 100 days and that the wife, Sohela, would also have to spend a night with another man and then be divorced by him. ... the couple has been ostracized because of their refusal to abide by the decision of the village leaders."
 




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