I am seething with rage after reading the following article on the Islamic Sharia Council website:
The article explains why a woman's testimony is only worth half the weight of a man's, and can be summarized as follows:
1) There ARE some exceptions to the law where just one woman's testimony is sufficient. Examples would include any issues "related to birth of a child, the period of suckling and weaning. In such cases, which are normally handled by the women, testimony of a single lady is accepted."
2) The specific law requiring two female witnesses in place of one male witness, Surah Al-Baqara 2:282, "gives a clear reason for it, i.e. "if one of them forgets, the other reminds her."
3) It seems that when it comes to testifying, women cannot be trusted to focus on the job at hand. According to the Islamic Sharia Council, "a woman may be busy in kitchen work and she will be easily alert to a phone buzzer or her infants [sic] cry from the cradle... this is not so good for a case of testimony which requires more attention and concentration. What is wrong then, if a second woman is needed, only to remind her if she fails to deliver her testimony completely."
4) Only men have the right to unilateral divorce, and this is apparently due to the unreliable nature of women. According to the Islamic Sharia Council, "the women are kind-hearted human beings who are governed by their emotions, a character [sic] strongly needed for bringing up the children. On the other hand, man is governed by his mind more than his emotions. He would think twice but more than that before uttering the word "Talaq" (divorce)."
So to conclude, a woman cannot be trusted to concentrate or stay focused when providing a testimony. And if they ask for a divorce they are simply being ruled by emotion instead of reason, so they should not be taken seriously.
Sharia law is practiced widely across the UK. It is absurd that our government is allowing these barbaric and Neanderthal attitudes towards women to be implemented through Sharia law.
The principles of equality and fairness that our legal system guarantees in this country are completely incompatible with Sharia law. I am appalled that many women across the country today are being subjected to such archaic and abhorrent laws; denying them equal rights in terms of divorce, child custody or finances.
I cannot be more emphatic about this: British law courts should not recognise Islamic courts AT ALL.
Being a woman (and therefore governed entirely by my emotions according to the Islamic Sharia Council), I'm reminded of a quote by Charlotte Whitton, the first female mayor of Canada. In 1963 she said that "Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult."
If you want to find out more about Sharia law in the UK, please read my earlier blog regarding the introduction of Lady Cox's new bill: http://legalpigeon.blog.co.uk/2011/06/10/sharia-law-religion-should-have-no-place-in-uk-law-11294899/