Here is more evidence that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is right. (“Pronouncing talaq” is all a Muslim husband need do to divorce his wife. If he says “Talaq” to her, she is divorced.) From the Times of India, with thanks to Vikrant:
HYDERABAD: Plunging the bride bazaar of Old City to newer depths, marriage brokers last month paraded 13 young girls before four Arabs, all aged over 50.
One of the grooms, a 55-year-old sheikh from UAE, chose a 16-year-old girl, married her on July 15, spent two weeks with her and then left the country after pronouncing talaq thrice in a huff.
The marriage was facilitated by Mumtaz Begum of Falaknuma with help from four brokers “” Mansoor, Toufiq, Yousuf and Abdullah.
Police officer Sandeep Sandilya said, “The brides were paraded before the Arabs in Toufiq’s house at Kalapathar and the nikah was solemnised by a qazi at his residence in Shalibanda.–
With her hopes of going abroad shattered, Shameem (name changed) approached the Kalapathar police on Saturday seeking help.
The police acted swiftly and nabbed Mumtaz Begum but the brokers and qazi are still at large. The police recovered three affidavits which claimed Shameem’s age as 22 and stated her consent to marry the aged Arab.
Shameem told police that the brokers pressured her to accept nikah with Mohammad Bakram as he promised to take her to the UAE after marriage.