‘Telephone wedding’ dissolved by courthttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3587103.ece

A Muslim marriage arranged under Sharia over the telephone between a British man and a woman in Bangladesh was ruled to be invalid in English law (Frances Gibb writes). Three Court of Appeal judges heard that the 26-year-old man, who is autistic, functions as a three-year-old child and is highly suggestible and vulnerable. Lord Justice Thorpe said: “The role of marriage in the life of one so handicapped is inconceivable in our society and, as a matter of law, marriage is precluded.” He added that the “engineering of a telephonic marriage” was “potentially, if not actually, abusive”.


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