Posted by: becketfund | May 10, 2010

Mali: Imam Receives Death Threats After Supporting Government Legislation

KATI – An Imam has received death threats after writing a letter to the nation’s High Islamic Council stating that he saw nothing in the family law that infringed on the nation’s social values, much less Islam, the BBC reported on May 10.  The new law, first introduced in 2009, is currently being given a second reading in parliament after Mali’s president refused to sign it due to Muslim protests.  Under the law husbands and wives owe each other loyalty and protection rather than obedience, women get greater inheritance rights and the minimum age for girls to marry in most circumstances is raised to 18.

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