India: Law now lets Muslim women initiate divorce

November 27, 2006 09:58


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Leaders of India's Shi'ite Muslim community have approved changes to the community's marriage laws to give women more grounds for divorce, a news report said Monday. The All India Shia Personal Law Board said women can seek divorce on grounds of mental or physical torture, adultery, or being barred from studying or taking up a job, the Hindustan Times reported. The law board, which is the top body for India's Shi'ites, rules on personal matters such as marriage, divorce and child custody. India's constitution lets the country's main religious minorities - Christians and Muslims - use their own religious laws for personal matters.

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