Bombshell: UK Govt Review into Sharia Admits Systemic Discrimination Against Women, Unknown Number of ‘Councils’, Forced Marriage Victim Made to Appear with Abusers
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
A controversial review into the state of Sharia law in the United Kingdom and the bodies administering it has revealed the British government to be unaware of exactly how many of the Islamic law councils are operating in the country, an admission of systemic discrimination against women, including the victim of forced marriage being asked to appear alongside her family, with an “inappropriate” adoption of civil legal terms used.
— entitled ‘The independent review into the application of sharia law
in England and Wales’ — was criticised for taking a theological approach
to the issue after Islamic theologian Mona Siddique OBE, as well as
Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE and Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, were
appointed to the panel and advisory board. Other members included Sam
Momtaz QC, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon), and Sir Mark Hedley DL.
Described as having an “inappropriate theological approach” by
women’s rights groups, the report recommends the recognition of Islamic
marriage in civil law, and vice versa, so that Muslim women do not
necessarily feel their only option for divorce is through Sharia
councils. The sole focus of the report appears to be divorce, despite an
admission that a smaller amount of Sharia councils’ works are not in
this area. The report stunningly admits:
The exact number of sharia councils operating in England
and Wales is unknown. Academic and anecdotal estimates vary from 30 to
85. The review has identified 10 councils operating with an online
presence. The sharia councils identified by the review were mostly in
urban centres with significant Muslim populations, such as London,
Birmingham, Bradford and Dewsbury.
The investigators also concede they were not actually privy to any
Sharia council processes and did not witness their active work: