“I Divorce You by Text Message Because You Didn’t Answer Your Husband”
The Egyptian government-run daily al-Akhbar reports from Cairo:
A woman is seeking clarification from a court on whether her husband’s declaration of divorce by text message is legally valid.
After missing a call from her husband on her mobile phone, Iqbal Abul Nasr received a text message from him which read: “I divorce you because you didn’t answer your husband.”
In line with Sharia law, Egyptian men do not need to go to court to file for divorce. A unilateral declaration of divorce by a man, repeated three times, formally ends a marriage. Mrs. Abul Nasr, an engineer from Cairo, received three such text messages from her husband, says the newspaper.
If a family court declares the couple divorced, it would be the first reported case of divorce by SMS text message in Egypt.