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When wives are set on fire for their dowry
At least 249 women were killed in 2010. Out of anger or vengeance, husbands throw kerosene on their wives and set them on fire. The problem is widespread despite the fact that Islamic law, which is in place in Bangladesh, requires would-be husbands to pay a price for their future wives.
Bishop of Mymensingh: the family, the core foundation "of society and Church"
October 5 in Bangladesh is the National Day for the Family. Msgr. Ponen Paul Kubi, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Family Life (Ec-Fl), exhorts the faithful to follow the principles of the Gospel and take Joseph and Mary as an example to follow. He asks for prayers for the Synod on the Family in Rome.
General strike against new pro-women policy
The Islamic Law Implementation Committee organises a ‘hardal’ against the National Women Development Policy 2011, deemed contrary to the Qur‘an. About 120 people are arrested.
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Bangladesh mourns Nurjahan Begum, a pioneer in women's emancipation
The journalist died at the age of 91. Throughout her life, she fought to help women succeed in a conservative and male-dominated society. Her magazine ‘Begum’ inspired hundreds of women and girls to write. For one Catholic writer, she helped many people: “I am grateful to her”.
"Obedient wives club", pretext for legalizing polygamy in Indonesia
The club, based on the original Malaysian model divides the country. The goal is to teach women total devotion to their husbands, even in the sexual sphere. For activists it is a pretext to justify marriage with several women. Islamic scholar: the relationship is like a car, the husband is the driver and the wife a "submissive and obedient" passenger.
Mixed marriages often do not work, but some mixed couples are happy, Bangladeshi priest says
In the predominantly Muslim country, mixed marriages often fail over financial problems and religious differences. Fr Shorot Francis Gomes, a member of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, has been helping couples since 2005 to understand the sacrament and mystery of the calling of Jesus within their union.
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