Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From The Guardian:
Following the proliferation of sharia councils, and with them, disturbing reports of systematic discrimination against women by all-male tribunals, the government finally set up an inquiry.
A deeply compromised inquiry, admittedly; one with feeble terms of reference and presided over by interested theological parties, but still, a public acknowledgement that some sharia councils may be working, as the government said in a “discriminatory and unacceptable” way.
Maybe, ultimately, the inquiry could also serve as a warning to other courts whose judges routinely treat women like children or chattels, and subject them to moral lectures; who put them in danger of further domestic violence and deter others from seeking help; who find preposterous excuses for male brutality towards women, and who force wives to stay in miserable marriages.
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