Prime Minister Modi has given a call to the nation to use advanced technology in financial transactions to speed up our move to cashless India. Now the Dharwad Court has taken a new step in adopting technology by hearing the statements of the witnesses through video conference.

 

In matters of divorce, the statement of husband and wife is mandatory in family. It is common knowledge that the All India Muslim Board and a certain section of Muslim women backed by  international feminist organisations are in a tussle regarding the approval and functioning of triple talaq and talaq through emails. This incident that happened in Dharwad Karnataka is also regarding triple talaq case.

 

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A US-based IT employee sent his talaq to his wife via email and the family court of Dharwad has allowed the hearing of witnesses through video conference.

 

Commonly the courts used to conduct hearing of prisoners through video conferences, but in Dharwad, the family court, for the first time in the country, has conducted a hearing of 8 hours and 30 minutes via video conference.     

 

Arun Joshi, the lawyer appearing on behalf of the woman has said: “An e-court has already been established in Haryana. In many cases in Karnataka chargesheets are submitted through the internet. But conducting the court divorce hearing through video conference is milestone in the history of Indian Judiciary.”

 

The couple had married in 2011. In 2013 the husband migrated to New Jersey and sent talaq to his wife through email. She filed an appeal in the family court questioning the email talaq and the court had sent notice to him.

 

Responding to the notice the husband had appealed to the Dharwad court through his lawyer to conduct the hearing via video conferencing since he was unable to attend the court proceedings due to his busy work schedule.

 

The court agreed to the appeal and started the hearing through video conference under the supervision of Justice Praphulla Naik. The husband gave his statement from his house in America. Even the documents were identified, verified and approved via internet. The court’s proceedings are not known as yet.

 

The court has postponed the next hearing to 2nd January, 2017