Posted by: becketfund | October 24, 2008

Malaysia: Clerics Ban Tomboys

KUALA LUMPUR – On October 24 the AP reported that Malaysia’s main body of Islamic clerics has issued an edict banning tomboys, ruling that girls who act like boys violate the tenets of Islam, according to an official. Harussani Idris Zakaria, the mufi of the Northe Perak state, said that the National Fatwa Council forbade the practice of girls behaving or dressing like boys during a meeting on October 23. Harussani said an increasing number of Malaysian girls are behaving like tomboys, and that some of them engage in homosexuality.  Though homosexuality is not explicitly banned in Malaysia, it is effectively illegal under a law that prohibits sex acts “against the order of nature.”

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