» 12/01/2008, 00.00
Muslim women in the streets against ‘talak’ or Islamic divorce
Hundreds of divorced Muslim women demand the same rights as men during two days of protest against ‘talak’. Islamic divorce allows husbands to repudiate their wives, throw them out of the house without any support. In Nepalagunj 236 women have been through this experience. Destitute, they are forced to go back to their original family; some are even forced into prostitution.
Prison for non-Muslims who criticize Islam in Malaysia
Warning announced by justice minister, in reply to criticisms against family laws which allows Muslim men to take multiply wives and keep their property after divorce and which have already been contested by daughters of current and previous prime ministers.
Islamabad, law in parliament to give "equal" rights to women
Today, the husband has much more extensive rights in the family. The council for Islamic ideology proposes innovations to permit the woman to ask for a divorce, and to preserve her property. But extremist groups accuse it of "creating confusion."
Nepalese Church: Youth an instrument of social change
Fr. Rabin Rai calls on the faithful to fight inequalities: "youth and their parents should use God's message to avoid every form of oppression and injustice." All the country's churches join the appeal of the pastor from Kathmandu.
Kurdistan, a law proposed banning polygamy
A parliamentary committee will present the government with amendments to the civil code aimed at guaranteeing equal women’s rights, “in full respect of Islamic law”; changes to divorce and inheritance laws also proposed, Muslim leaders condemn the moves.
Nepal, criminal organization that sold women to the Islamic State uncovered
The Nepalese police has compiled a list of six Indian and Nepalese suspects, seizing false passports, photographs of the victims and 900 thousand dollars in cash. The women came from the poorer classes. Inspector General tells AsiaNews: "They were chosen because cheaper and submissive".
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