Before divorce lawyers get alarmed, this is a very unique and interesting situation. Also sad for the couple involved in a joke gone bad.
A man in Qatar says he was playing a "joke" on Skype when he typed "talak, talak, talak" which translates as "I divorce thee" three times.
After committing the joke, he thought better of it, and contacted religious leaders at a seminary in northern India. The seminary told him the divorce stands.
If they want to be remarried, the rules given to the couple by the clerics are as follows:
1. Wait 3 months
2. The ex wife must marry another man, have sex with that man, divorce that man
3. Another 3 month waiting period
4. She can marry her original husband again
What a shame for all involved. A reminder not to post anything on the internet while angry or sad.
"Muslim man told Skype divorce joke stands", Dean Nelson, Telegraph.co.uk, October 29. 2010.
"Husband Accidentally Divorces Wife on Skype", Nick McMaster, Newser Staff, October 29, 2010.