Baroness Cox wants their to be a new law stopping Sharia Courts acting as a parallel legal system in Britain because a lot of their actions are not in line with British law and equality.
“There are aspects of sharia law and the way the sharia courts operate which are fundamentally incompatible* with the laws, values, principles and policies of this country and which represent a threat to the fundamental principle of one law for all,” she added.
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Her biggest concern is that women are being pressured to reconcile (forgive and continue living with) violent husbands and are not being told about the legal powers available to them in normal British law.
In defence of Sharia courts Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Britain (Mab), said: “In the main, Sharia courts help Muslim women to achieve closure on their religious marriages; and they provide a good and needed service to the community.” Furthermore nobody should be forced to go to a sharia court but individuals have the right to choose a sharia court as a ‘referee’ which Mab says should be respected.