A Peer is calling for a judge-led inquiry into Sharia courts, in a revealing new report on discrimination against Muslim women across Britain. In the report, Baroness Cox also outlines the provisions of her Private Members Bill, which would curb the growth of quasi-legal systems such as Sharia courts, in England and Wales.
She is seeking to re-introduce the Bill in the next session of Parliament.
Her report, published by conservative think-tank The Bow Group, refers to Sharia court policies on inheritance, polygamy, access to divorce and domestic violence that have adversely affected British Muslim women.
The report includes testimonies from women who have been subjected to various forms of abuse, including one woman who said: "I feel betrayed by Britain. I came here to get away from this and the situation is worse here than in the country I escaped from.
According to the report, many Muslim women can be left unaware of their legal rights or feel under pressure not to seek professional help that could bring shame or dishonour on their families or communities. (continue reading...)(...more)