18 February 2016

Women can’t ask for divorce without husband’s consent, rules CII

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has declared ‘Khula’ (right of a woman to seek divorce) without the consent of a husband to dissolve a marriage, is un-Islamic.

According to The Express Tribune, the powerful religious body observed on Thursday that courts were dissolving nikkahs in the name of ‘Khula’, which was not correct since only the husband had the right to grant ‘Khula’ after which courts could dissolve marriage contracts.

Urging civil courts to differentiate between ‘Khula’ and a unilateral dissolution of marriage through a court order, the CII said several women who had dissolved their marriages using ‘Khula’ were still not certain if their marriage had actually been dissolved.

A civil court decreeing dissolution of marriage on a wife’s plea without her husband’s consent, under the name of Khula, would be in violation of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, the council observed. [Daily Pakistan Global] Read more