Turkey's religious institute 'issues fatwa stating man can divorce wife by saying he sees her as mother or daughter'

Turkey's religious institute 'issues fatwa stating man can divorce wife by saying he sees her as mother or daughter'

If a man refers to his wife as “mother” or “sister” their marriage should be deemed divorced, Turkey’s religious state institution has said, according to a report in the country’s leading newspaper, The Independent reports.

The Directorate of Religious Affairs reportedly issued the fatwa – a non-binding but authoritative opinion – on its website. 

“If a man tells his wife that he sees her as a mother or sister, the man will be considered divorced from his wife. However, if they have not divorced before, they may come together with a new marriage,” it said, according to Hurriyet, Turkey's largest mainstream newspaper.

The institute, commonly known as Diyanet, has no power under Turkish law to issue a divorce. Civil courts grant separations under the 1926 Turkish civil code law. 

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