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Reading wife's messages and not replying? Grounds for divorce, Hsinchu judge rules

A Hsinchu District Court judge has granted a woman a divorce after agreeing that it was "heartless" of her husband to read her messages without replying.

The woman, surnamed Lin, said she had moved out of her husband's family home in May last year as she said his family was unfriendly to her, the Liberty Times reported Thursday.

In July last year, she was involved in a traffic accident and taken to hospital.

Screenshots of a Line conversation presented in court showed that Lin had sent her husband the following messages in Chinese:

"Hubby, you know where I am, why don't you visit me?"

"I got into a car accident, I'm in the ICU!"

"Hubby, I'm in the hospital ward."

"Hubby, why do you keep reading my messages but not replying?"

"Hubby, is it necessary for things to become so cold between husband and wife?"

"Hubby, are you just going to be so ruthless and not ask me anything?"

"Hubby, why do you treat me like this?"

Her husband did not reply to a single message.

The judge ruled that reading the messages without responding showed the state of their marriage and he ruled for a divorce, saying the foundations of the union had fallen apart.

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