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WORLD : Woman Allowed to Beat Husband

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A local court permitted a woman to publicly beat her husband before it granted him a divorce, United News of India reported today.

The beating occurred Oct. 7 but went unreported until a social organization, apparently outraged by the incident, complained to the government. No action has been taken.

The man, from a town in western Gujarat state, was seeking a divorce from his first wife to marry another woman, the news agency reported. She agreed, on condition that he first submit to a beating.

Under Indian law, Hindus can have only one wife at a time. The law does not apply to Muslims, who are permitted up to four wives.

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Gujarat is the home state of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who led India’s struggle for freedom against English rule and preached nonviolence.


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