A Bahraini court has ruled in favor of a Hindu marriage law while considering the divorce case of a non-Muslim couple. The case was heard by the main civil court in Bahrain, citing the Hindu Marriage Act. The Akbar al-Khaleej daily reported that the young man had approached the court seeking a divorce as his wife had been away from him for more than two years.
The trial court observed that under Article 21 of Bahraini law, the law of the country in which the husband is involved at the time of marriage may apply. He also clarified that the law of another country can be cited to deal with the personal disputes of non-Muslims while considering the case. The couple, who got married in 2008, have been living separately since 2017. The young man is of Indian descent and a Hindu. With this, the young man approached the court seeking a divorce from his wife. But the court rejected the divorce request. The court denied the allegations, saying there was not enough evidence or witnesses.
With this, the young man’s lawyer brought the matter to the notice of the Hindu Marriage Act court. The court then ruled that a divorce petition could be considered under Article 21 of the Bahrain Law under the Hindu Marriage Act.