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Friday, April 12, 2013 

British sharia courts posing danger to women

This UK Telegraph report confirms the worst concerns about sharia courts on the isle:
The courts, which issue rulings according to Islamic law, have been found to be giving Muslim women advice which experts warned may place them in danger.

Undercover filming in some of the 85 councils operating in mosques and houses across the country has revealed that the courts, which are run by sharia councils, are ruling in favour of men meeting estranged wives or having access to children when they have found to have been abusive.

Sharia law has no formal place in any of Britain’s legal systems. However, the investigation found courts in London which follow it were making rulings on domestic and marital issues according to Islamic law which appeared at odds with English family law.

Although they are not legally binding, those who were subject to the rulings them felt they had to follow them as a matter of religious belief - or because they felt under pressure from family and community to do so.

In one case filmed by a BBC reporter for the Panorama documentary, an Islamic scholar from a sharia council ruled in a custody dispute that the children should be taken away from their mother and be placed with their reportedly violent father.

The woman, known only as Sonia, who lives in Leeds, had already been granted a civil divorce in a British court, which had given her husband only limited access to the children.

However, when she went to Leyton Islamic Sharia Council, in east London, to be granted a divorce in the eyes of her religion it was ruled the children should be given to the father.

One Islamic school of thought decrees a father can take custody of a boy at the age of seven and a girl as young as nine.

Sonia told the reporter: “I could not bear the thought of such a violent person having my children. What was even more shocking was when I explained to Leyton why he shouldn’t have access to the children their reaction was - well you can’t go against what Islam says.”

Sonia stood her ground and eventually the Leyton judges dropped their demand.
When Islam is all they know, and the community keeps such a horrific choke-hold on its adherents, it's no wonder this kind of awful situation results. The mother should not have even bothered to go to a sharia court for an official divorce, but rather, sought a civil divorce.

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