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Egyptian Christian Actress Granted Divorce

April 06, 2002|From Times Wire Services

CAIRO — In an unprecedented court verdict, Christian actress Hala Sidqi has won a 10-year court battle to divorce her husband, an outcome previously obtained in Egypt only by Muslims.

She is the first Christian woman granted divorce under a law, known as Khula'a, which has made it easier for a Muslim woman in Egypt to get a divorce without her husband's consent.

The law allows immediate divorce if three months of attempted reconciliation fails to bring the couple back together, or six months if the woman has children. Under Islamic law, men may divorce wives promptly, without court authority.

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