A MAN who accidentally "divorced" his wife in his sleep has been ordered to separate.Madness.
Aftab Ansari uttered the Urdu word for divorce, "talaq", three times in his sleep, prompting his worried wife to discuss the matter with her friends, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
Under Islamic law, a husband need only say "I divorce you" three times to secure a permanent end to his marriage.
Muslim leaders in the couple's village in West Bengal state found out and decreed that Ansari's unconscious utterances constituted a divorce.
The religious leaders said that, before remarrying, the couple would have to be apart for at least 100 days and that the wife, Sohela, would have to spend a night with another man and then be divorced by him.
But 30-year-old Ansari said he had no intention of leaving his wife of 11 years.
They have been ostracised because of their refusal to abide by the decision of the village leaders.