Fatwa Violence | January – September 2013


VAW – Violence Instigated by Salish-Fatwa – 3Qtr 2013

”In 2009 Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), BRAC, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), and Nijera Kori, brought a public interest litigation. They challenged the authorities’ failure to address extrajudicial punishments imposed by salish (traditional dispute resolution method) – in the name of fatwas, opinions that are supposed to be issued by Islamic scholars. These punishments include whipping, lashing, publicly humiliating women and girls by forcibly cutting their hair or blackening their faces, ostracizing women, girls, and families, and imposing fines.  While many of these incidents go unreported, ASK has compiled news reports of at least 330 such incidents in the last 10 years.   

“These private punishments significantly harm women’s and girls’ lives and health,” said Aruna Kashyap, Asia women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of intervening and taking active measures to prevent these abuses, the Bangladesh authorities have been mute bystanders.”‘ Read More Click Link

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