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Talaq Talaq Talaq: India joins Pakistan and Bangladesh to ban Islamic instant divorce custom

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An Indian court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for Muslim women, who’ve have had to live with the threat of instant divorce dangling over their heads like a sword.

India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.

The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called "triple talaq" custom.

The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.

Women's rights campaigners have hailed the court's decision as a historic win.

There have been cases in which Muslim men in India have divorced their wives by issuing the so-called triple talaq by letter, telephone and, increasingly, by text message, WhatsApp and Skype. A number of these cases made their way to the courts as women contested the custom.

Triple talaq divorce has no mention in Sharia Islamic law or the Quran, even though the practice has existed for decades.

Islamic scholars say the Quran clearly spells out how to issue a divorce - it has to be spread over three months, allowing a couple time for reflection and reconciliation.

Most Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned triple talaq, but the custom has continued in India, which does not have a uniform set of laws on marriage and divorce that apply to every citizen.

Three of the five Supreme Court judges called the controversial practice "un-Islamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional".

One of the judges, Justice Kurien Joseph, said the practice was not an essential part of Islam and enjoyed no protection.

The judges also said it was "manifestly arbitrary" to allow a man to "break down marriage whimsically and capriciously".

Chief Justice JS Khehar, in a differing opinion, said that personal law could not be touched by a constitutional court of law. The opposing judgements also recommended that parliament legislate on the issue. However this is not binding and is up to parliament to take up.

The Indian government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has supported ending the practice. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought up the issue several times including in his Independence Day address on 15 August.

Activists are hailing the decision as a major step forward for the rights of Muslim women.

Dragon’s Den divorce disaster

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TOUGH TIMES: James Caan is facing an expensive divorce after he has split up with the mother of his children

TOUGH TIMES: James Caan is facing an expensive divorce after he has split up with the mother of his children

Former BBC star James Caan splits from wife of 32 years

Former Dragon’s Den star James Caan, 55, has split from his wife after 32 years of marriage.

The successful entrepreneur has amassed a fortune of over £95 million over the years building up an impressive business empire.

He has now separated with Aisha, the mother of his two daughters.

According to the Mirror, James has moved out of the family mansion following a row. The couple’s children, Jemma-Lia and Hanah, are both said to be devastated.

The businessman met Aisha after she had an interview with him in the early 1980s.

The self-proclaimed ‘godfather’ of business started out selling leather jackets on the trendy streets of Brick Lane in London.

His entrepreneurial nous landed him a job in the fashion industry recruitment agency, where he ‘loved interviewing the candidates – most of whom were female’.

In his book, ‘The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragon’s Den’ he wrote: “I had many girlfriends and went to all the best clubs. For a 17-year-old, life was pretty near perfect.”

He said that one ‘attractive, feisty and well-educated’ interviewee, who was indeed Aisha, turned down Caan’s job offer but did agree to become his wife.

They married on New Year’s Day in 1983 when he was only 21 years-old in Regent’s Park mosque.

His autobiography continues: “The trouble was, when I offered her a job, she turned it down and said she had decided she was going to pursue her dream of opening a boutique instead.

“Desperate not to lose touch with her, I offered to invest in her business, even though I had no savings.

“Although, like me, Aisha had been brought up in a pretty liberal environment, dating a Muslim girl was still a no-no, so I carried on seeing her under the guise of discussing her business plans.

“Eventually we found some premises for her boutique, and I discovered I’d need to find £30,000 fast if I was to live up to my promise of supporting her dream.”

A pricey divorce could see Caan pay his wife £25million from his personal wealth after she helped him build his business empire.

Speaking of how he relied on his wife in the past, James admitted that she organised his free time and social life and that he ‘like[d] to leave her to it’.

Born Nazim Khan in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1960, the former Dragons’ Den judge and a former government social mobility tsar changed his name after watching Hollywood star James Caan in The Godfather.

Karisma and Sunjay file for divorce

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Karisma Kapoor and Sunjay Kapur’s ten-year marriage has finally reached the doorstep of courtroom.

Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor

The pair, who’ve been living separately for many years now, has decided to officially call it a day. Sunjay and Karisma have filed for divorce on mutual consent.

The duo was spotted outside Bandra family court last week and the hearing of the divorce went on for three long hours. Both sides will mutually decide the alimony issue, maintenance including custody of the children.

After separating with Sunjay, Karisma left Delhi and went to Mumbai, living with her mother Babita.

Recently, the businessman filed custody case against Karisma and claimed that she did not allow him to meet his two children, Samaira and Kiaan Raj Kapoor.

Karisma married Sunjay on September 29th 2003 and soon after the birth of their first children, report of their marital problem surfaced.

Karisma left her husband, taking their daughter with her – which itself caused headlines back in the day.

karisma kapoor with husband sanjay

karisma kapoor with husband sanjay

After managing to woo her back things remained seemingly calm. It was after the birth of their second child that trouble brewed once again. This saw Karisma permanently leaving the marital home in Delhi and moved to Mumbai.

It’s been rumoured that the main reason for the couple’s fallout is to do with a sexual relationship Sunjay had with a Delhi socialite Priya Chatwal.

The pair are now trying to come to an agreement where they can get mutual custody of the two children. As the kids are too young to decide for themselves, talks are on over how they will manage it, as both Karisma and Sanjay live in different cities.

Sunjay was previously married to designer Nandita Mahtani.