Originally Posted by BR
Lol! Tragic, but still lol!
Women in the UK fought hard not to be the property of their husbands. Sharia law in the UK for muslims, seemed like it would offer a good way for muslims to be free to live according to their faith without breaking UK laws. The problem is that now a lot of muslims aren't getting official marriages under UK law. Instead their getting married under Sharia Law, so legally their not even considered to be married. The man can take numerous wives and can end the divorce fairly quickly and easily. A woman though has a much harder time being granted a divorce. The courts are all governed by men. The man can take everything in a divorce and give the wife, or wives, nothing. He can not only do that, but the woman must give her dowery, (everything she brought into the marriage like a house, assets etc) to her husband. The man doesn't have to pay the Sharia court anything for the divorce, but the fee for women is £400, which is about $600. If the woman can't pay, they will lower this amount.
There are real problems allowing this kind of prejudice against women. Whilst it's important to respect people's religion, we're seeing a large population of people effectively living outside of the laws that we have to protect peoples rights, including those of children.
- An article on this topic- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9975937/Inside-Britains-Sharia-courts.html
As far as I'm aware the following is not common, but it shows just how damaging having separate unofficial laws can be-
"This disturbing trend has been highlighted this week by revelations that, during an undercover investigation, two imams from Islamic centres, one based in Peterborough, the other in East London, expressed their willingness to marry an under-age Muslim girl — aged just 12 — to a man in his 20s under the aegis of Sharia law.
It is right, of course, that we respect freedom of religion, but surely not when basic laws and morality are being flouted in this way. It is reported that one of the imams, in trying to justify his actions, said that he would not have married the girl unless she had given her consent.
But a 12-year-old cannot consent to a marriage. It is precisely because children lack the experience, judgment and maturity to make such decisions that we have laws against marriage and sex under the age of 16."