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Gang Rape Victim Divorced By Text: "I Have Completely Lost The Desire To Live"

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A husband divorced his young Indian wife, 25, by text after she confessed neighbors had gang raped her.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, she said, "I felt violated. I thought that he would stand by my side through this, to help me through the pain of it," The Daily Mail reports. "But I was wrong.”

The woman says her Dubai-based husband simply texted "talaq" - or "I divorce you" - three times after she confided in him.

"It took him five seconds to end a five-year relationship," she said.

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According to Sharia law, men are allowed to divorce their wives instantly by implementing this "triple talaq" rule.

The woman, whose name cannot be revealed, added that her husband and his mother - who initially stood by the young woman's side - now refuse to let her take her four year old son.

The move has only added further insult to injury for the young rape victim.

"Overnight I became an outcast from my whole family, she said. "I could have survived even that, but then they snatched away my last hope – my only child. I have completely lost the desire to live."

The young woman's story follows a series of incidents in which Muslim men are increasingly using the "triple" talaq rule to divorce their wives over text, reports The Times UK. One of the most recent high-profile cases involves famous athlete and politician Imran Khan, who divorced his wife in the same manner.

According to The Daily Mail, "Men are misusing technology to make women more vulnerable in society," said Zakia Soman, co-founder of the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement (BMMA). "Even some Muslim nations have abolished ‘triple talaq’, but our religious leaders who approve of this un-Islamic means of divorce follow a mindset that doesn’t view women as equals."

She adds that misinterpretation of the Koran has ingrained misogynist practices like these into Indian Muslim society.

The Independent reports that in India specifically, practices like triple talaq are allowed because the country doesn't have a civil code that all citizens must abide by. Instead, each religious community can adhere to their own laws governing divorce, thus Muslims can follow Sharia law.

India's Supreme Court is currently reviewing Sharia Law to possibly end practices like these that are discriminatory, reports The Daily Mail.

Sources: The Daily MailThe IndependentThe Times UK / Photo Credit: AFP/Getty via The Independent