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Declaring "I divorce thee" three times is not a legal way to end a marriage in Michigan.

The state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a ruling in Oakland County that recognized a divorce ritual that is common among Muslims in India.

Saida Tarikonda was deprived of her rights because she wasn't in India in April 2008 when her husband traveled there to declare what's known as the "triple talaq," the court said.

"To accord comity to a system that denies equal protection would ignore the rights of citizens and persons under the protection of Michigan's laws," the court said.

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