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What’s next for Sri Lanka’s Muslim Women?

By Shreen Abdul Saroor - Sat Jul 28, 9:53 pm

Featured image by Hafsa Razi

“Fear Allah! Do not do injustice to your own community women and girls”

This was the plea on placards held by many of the women who stood near the Parliament opposing Muslim (male) MPs discussing the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) reform report with All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU- yet another male only body) on 24thJuly 2018. Many of the protestors knew what MMDA could do to women because they had been victimised by it. For most of the women standing there, it was a first – the first time they were protesting in public, the first time they were publicly questioning a religious body which has nominated itself as the sole guardian and sole arbiter of Islamic affairs.

The MMDA reform report was handed over in January this year to the Justice Minister Hon. Thalatha Atukorale. The 18-member committee had deliberated for 9 years before finally producing the report….

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