Posted by: becketfund | January 5, 2007

India: Government Approves Shari’a Councils

IANS reports that the Indian government has told the Supreme Court that Indian Muslims have the right to establish Shariah panchayats, saying these were not at odds with the Indian judicial system. The government cited Article 26 of the constitution, which guarantees freedom for every religious denomination to establish and maintain institutions for religious purposes, saying that fatwas issued by Shari’a courts were “advisory in nature” and “did not compel anyone to follow them”.

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