Over 85 Sharia courts in Britain: Report
More than 85 Sharia courts exist in the United Kingdom which dish out Islamic justice, ignoring British laws, a leading newspaper has claimed. Critics have claimed that the situation is dangerous as Sharia rulings often ignore British laws.world Updated: Jun 30, 2009 15:07 IST
More than 85 Sharia courts exist in the United Kingdom which dish out Islamic justice, ignoring British laws, a leading newspaper has claimed.
According to the Daily Star, Britain is facing a "terrifying situation" as more than 85 Sharia courts have been set up -- in fact, the number of Islamic courts in the country is more than 17 times higher than previously thought.
Critics have claimed that the situation is dangerous as Sharia rulings often ignore British laws.
Douglas Murray, the Director Of The Centre For Social Cohesion, said: "They are going from the voluntary to the imposed. It's a terrifying situation both for Muslims who want to escape Sharia rule elsewhere and for the country at large."
Sharia courts have been slammed for imposing illegal judgments allegedly backed up by death threats. And, women who marry outside the religion can be forced to give up their kids and wives are duty-bound to have sex with their husbands, the newspaper said.
Legal experts also say up to two-thirds of marriages under the system are unlawful because they are not registered. The panels are legal as they act as tribunals and judgements can be approved by national law courts.
But the Civitas think-tank has warned: "Among the rulings we find some that advise illegal actions and others that transgress human rights standards as applied by British courts."
However, the Muslim Council Of Britain said: "Sharia councils are perfectly legitimate. There is no evidence they are intimidating or discriminating against women. The system is purely voluntary."