Knife-wielding assailants force Egyptian to divorce wife

April 20, 2011

Kuwaiti police are investigating a case filed by an Egyptian expatriate who was allegedly forced to divorce his wife at knife-point.

According to the Al Anba daily, the man told the police in Salmiya that two people attacked him, put a knife to his throat and forced him to call his wife and to divorce her through the practice of “triple divorce” or instant divorce.

The expatriate said that he had never seen the two knife-wielding assailants, but suspected his wife to be linked to the attack and the forced divorce. He said he based his suspicions on her call to tell him not to come to their house and to stay with his friends, the daily reported.

Under the “triple divorce” practice, the husband utters the phrase “I divorce you” to his wife three times. Abusers of the practice have been reported to use the telephone and text messages to divorce their wives.

However, religious leaders have regularly banned instant divorce and insisted that Islam allowed time for reconciliation and encouraged families of couples to ease the process.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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