Sharia court tells ‘abused wife’ to stayPosted: April 9, 2013
Source: express.co.uk( James Fielding)
A SHARIA law scholar has sparked outrage after asking an investigator posing as a battered wife: “Does your cooking upset your husband?”
Dr Suhaib Hasan told an undercover reporter to stay in an abusive relationship
The shocking exchange, filmed by the BBC’s Panorama programme for a special report into Sharia courts, has infuriated equal rights campaigners.
She said: “It is a system which, in its gender discrimination causing women such suffering, is utterly incompatible with our country’s values. It is time to draw a line in the sand and say ‘enough is enough’.”
The programme, to be screened tomorrow night, highlights the problems faced by Muslim women who are pressured to stay in abusive marriages. Posing as a woman seeking a divorce from her violent husband, the reporter consults Dr Hasan of the Leyton Islamic Sharia council in east London.
His first response is to ask if she has done anything to provoke her treatment.
He asks her: “I think that you should be courageous enough to ask this question to him. Just tell me why you are so upset, huh? Is it because of my cooking? Is it because I see my friends, huh? So I can correct myself.”
The reporter asks if she should report the violence to the police but is warned: “You involve the police if he hits you but you must understand this will be the final blow.
“You will have to leave the house. Where will you go then? A refuge? A refuge is a very bad option. Women are not happy in such places.”
Dr Hasan goes on to suggest counselling, adding: “Don’t think about the police because if the police is involved then think, your family life is going to break.” Leyton Sharia council handles 50 cases a month, mainly marital disputes brought by Muslim women. For many couples a Sharia divorce is the only option because they have a Sharia marriage not a British civil one.
It is time to draw a line in the sand and say ‘enough is enough’
“We are not just here to issue divorces. We want to mediate first.”
However, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Nazir Afzal, who tackles domestic and honour-based violence for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “What I’ve witnessed is so dangerous because if there is early intervention we know people’s lives can be saved.”
There are thought to be at least 85 Sharia councils in Britain.
Family Law barrister Charlotte Proudman, who has attended many Sharia hearings, said: “There’s no accountability and many of them are not operating in accordance with UK law.