Sharia law is one of the most repulsive features of Islam as a religion and ideology. That primitive “judicial” system based on the medieval Arab culture affirms the worst tribal customs, which trample the rights of the individuals, and especially women. The treatment of women as commodities that have no mind of their own has created the humiliating system of guardians, who need to control every step of every woman.
In this day and age it is hard to comprehend how those barbaric punishments could be still applied. Yet in many countries cutting off hands or feet; beheadings; flogging and depriving women from any rights is perfectly acceptable. It is a disgrace that such courts function legally in England, which is supposed to be the cradle of the parliamentary democracy. The Muslim barbarians even tried to introduce sharia in Canada in 2005.
From that point of view it is a pleasant surprise that the Supreme Court of India has declared the sharia courts illegal. Knowing the slow pace with which the courts in the British common law system operate, I am not sure if the decision is a reflection of the new direction that the country took after the election of the Janata Party and Prime Minister Modi or it was conceived long before the elections.
Whatever the reasons, the decision is a step forward, which limits the opportunities of the murderous Islamic cult to abuse the unfortunate people, who follow it. Here are the details:
In a landmark judgment pertaining to India’s more than 160 million Muslims, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Sharia courts run by clerics have no legal sanctity and that their fatwas are not binding on anyone.
The top court said Islamic judges, who interpret religious law, can only rule when individuals submit voluntarily to them and their decisions, or fatwas, are not legally enforceable.
A bench of Justices C.K. Prasad and Pinaki Chandra Ghose restrained forums like Dar-ul Qaza, Dar-ul-Iftaa and Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband from giving verdicts or issuing fatwas against a person who is not before it on the basis of complaints by “strangers”.
“No Dar-ul-Qazas or for that matter, anybody or institution by any name, shall give verdict or issue fatwa touching upon the rights, status and obligation of an individual unless such an individual has asked for it. No religion including Islam punishes the innocent,” the bench said in its 20-page judgment.
“Religion cannot be allowed to be merciless to the victim. Faith cannot be used as dehumanising force. Fatwas touching upon the rights of an individual at the instance of rank strangers may cause irreparable damage and therefore, would be absolutely uncalled for. It shall be in violation of basic human rights. It cannot be used to punish innocent.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling came in response to a petition filed in 2005 by Delhi-based advocate Vishwa Lochan Madan, who challenged parallel courts run by institutions like Darul Qaza, Darul-Iftaa and Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband that issued fatwas.