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The Sharia debate in the UK: who will listen to our voices?

by Pragna Patel, 15 December 2016

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OpenDemocracy - 14 December 2016

Over 300 abused women have signed a statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and independence.

We are women who have experienced abuse and violence in our personal lives. Most of us come from Muslim backgrounds, but some of us come from other minority faiths.

We are compelled to voice our alarm about the growing power of religious bodies such as Sharia Councils and their bid for control over our lives. We oppose any religious body - whether presided over by men or women - that seeks to rule over us: because they do not have any authority to speak or make decisions on our behalf and because they are not committed to women’s rights and social justice. Whether we are women of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Christian faiths or of no faith, we have much in common with each other in the face of cruelty, tyranny and discrimination in our families, in our communities, and in the wider society. Many of us are deeply religious, but for us religion is in our hearts: a private matter between us and our God. Religion is not – and must not be – something that can be used to deny us our freedom or the little pieces of happiness that we find by mixing and borrowing from many different traditions and cultures which give meaning to our otherwise difficult existence.

We know from personal experiences that many religious bodies such as Sharia Councils are presided over by hard line or fundamentalist clerics who are intolerant of the very idea that women should be in control of their own bodies and minds. These clerics claim to be acting according to the word of God: but they are often corrupt, primarily interested in making money and abuse their positions of power by shaming and slandering those of us who reject those aspects of our religions and cultures that we find oppressive. We pay a huge price for not submitting to domestic violence, rape, polygamy and child abuse and other kinds of harm. For this reason alone, we are fearful of religious laws and rulings from such bodies. Our experience in our countries of origin and in our communities tells us that they are deeply discriminatory and divisive. They will weaken our collective struggles for security and independence.

We struggle to fit into this country and to educate our children, especially our daughters, and to protect them and give them a better life. We struggle to have our experiences of violence and abuse addressed properly in accordance with the principles of equality and justice for all. We do not wish to be judged by reference to fundamentalist codes that go against our core values of compassion, tolerance and humanity. We do not want to go backwards or to be delivered back into the hands of our abusers and those who shield them.

Many of us have not made public comments on this issue, because we are afraid of the consequences of doing so openly. All of us have faced abuse and we are desperately trying to rebuild our lives in the face of constant and continuing threats and trauma. Some of us have used only our first names to support this statement, but we feel strongly enough about this matter to do so.

We do not want Sharia Councils or other religious bodies to rule our lives. We demand the right to be valued as human beings and as equals before one law for all. We demand the right to follow our own desires and aspirations.

Signed by the following:

Bekhal Mahmod, Sister of victim of honour killing and survivor of honour killing. User of Southall Black Services (SBS) services

Afsana Lachaux, Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of SBS Services

Kiranjit Ahluwalia,Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ravinder Kaur, Sister of victim of honour killing. User of SBS services

Swinder Singh, Sister of victim of honour killing. User of SBS services

Geeta Nazmi, Sister of victim of honour killing. User of SBS services

"Nina Ather", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"H. Ahmed", Survivor of domestic violence and honour based violence. User of SBS Services

Yasmin Hussein, Survivor of forced marriage. User of SBS Services

Sabah, Survivor of domestic violence and abandonment. User of SBS Services

Yasmin Aijaz, Survivor of domestic violence and honour based violence. User of SBS Services

Ayesha, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Tayiba Shah, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Madiha Shah, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Namra Khan, Survivor of domestic violence and honour based violence. User of SBS Services

Fateha Ali, Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses.User of SBS Services

Nimo Abdulahi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Syeda Akbar, Survivor of domestic violence, honour based violence, Sharia Court abuses and victim of a fatwa issued by an Imam. User of SBS Services

Salina Akter Ali Bebum, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shabana Chaudhary, Survivor of domestic violence and sexual grooming. User of SBS Services

"Tracy", Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of SBS Services

Hiba Akhtar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sadia Khan, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Joelle Pott, Survivor of domestic and sexual violence. User of SBS Services

Munir Ibrahim, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rubia", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rubina", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Farah Wyne, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ayesha Asghar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jane Doe", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shamsi Bokharisaz Hagiahghei, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Nabila", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Sara H", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Hiba N", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Soraya Arian, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Faith Pink, Survivor of domestic violence, forced marriage and honour based violence. User of SBS Services

"Aneesa K", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Anaya Jamal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Yousra Abdulla, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Fatima Rafeek, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Asgari Ebrahim, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Madihah Ebraim, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

Amirah Ebrahim, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

"Leila H.", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"M. H.", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"D.H", Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

"Nadia Khan", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Refat Begum, Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of SBS Services

Iram Shah Nawaz, Survivor of domestic violence and forced marriage. User of SBS Services

"Shamim Akhtar", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"N. Karim", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nosheen Anwar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ayesha Rahman, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Amber", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Munira Quraish, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Malaika M", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Suhilla Ahmed, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rabia G", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"N.J", Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

Amina Fajal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Anjumben Virani, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Amal Jamac, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Sara Malik", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Falak Khan", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shahida Iqbal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kulsoom Riaz, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rekha Kumar", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Gihan Dessouky, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Zaynub Hasina", Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

"Saima", Survivor of domestic violence and abandonment

"Neelam", Survivor of domestic violence and abandonment

"Rukhshana", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Mehnaz Ali, Survivor of domestic and sexual violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of SBS Services

"Mubeen S.", Survivor of domestic violence, forced marriage and abandonment. User of SBS Services

Suraya Ahmed, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jannat", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Zartasha Azeem, Survivor of domestic volence. User of SBS Services

Ayesha, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Hena Zaman, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Saida, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nadia F, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Syeda Neshat Jahan, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Shazia", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Maida Mansoor, Survivor of domestic and sexual violence. User of SBS services.

"Ameena Mohammed", survivor of domestic violence and forced marriage. User of SBS Services

"Muneera Shaam", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shahrukh Hussain, Witness to domestic violence and sexual, emotional and financial abuse

Salma Emara Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Laboni Khondokar", Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of Nari Diganta services

"Shirin Islam", Survivor of domestic violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of Nari Diganta Services

"Sanjida Ahmed", Survivor of domestic violence. User of Nari Diganta Services

"Nazmoon Nahar", Survivor of honour based violence. User of Nari Diganta Services

Kully Malhi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Alice Vahdat, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Halina Marasinghe, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Ms D", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Helena Kamra, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

Maria Laurenco, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Ms Lola", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Patricia Waterkemper, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Tina Tanna, Witness to domestic violence.

Mamta Anand, Witness to domestic violence.

Dorothy Udealor, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Annabella Ferreira, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Genevieve Lobo, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Alicia John, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Keisha Douglas, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Helen T", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Lauren Robeson, Survivor of domestic and sexual violence. User of SBS Services

Elena Villarreal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jollie Joyce", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ronell Jacobs, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Elsie Blake, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shemika Joseph, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Delrosa Williams, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Marlene Folson, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Mithula Mariyathas, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Tina Hos", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nikova Webb, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jasmine", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Grace Wilson, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Jennifer, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Aisha Habib, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rebecca N, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Violet Antuan, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Agnes, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Razia, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Niru Prajapati, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sonia Devshi, Witness to domestic violence.

Avni Maisuria, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Renu Khosla, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Jasmin Dhirajlal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Vaibhavi Szyszka, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kohilarani Kulalayagam, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Amritpal Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Shveta M.", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Vibha, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nabila Mujassam, Maan Witness to domestic violence, honour based violence and Sharia Court abuses. User of SBS Services

Sehur Chowdhary, Witness to domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rehana Zaman, Witness to domestic violence

Mayuraben R Patel, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Anjali Makwana, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rekha Manani, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Jalpaben Pandya, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ganga Karki, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sunny Chhetri, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Zaynub McMurran, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

"P. Josh", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Alpa Patel, Survivor of domestic violence and forced marriage. User of SBS Services

Teena Gupta, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rani V. Papi", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ruja Thapa ,Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kirti,Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jo", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sonam Madhaan, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

S. Devi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Christine", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"R.K", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"R.S", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Seema Banga, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Saima", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Nisha F", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Resham", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Madhu, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shantini Chettiar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Balbir Kaur Hans, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

Rupinder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Gurdeep Jaggi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rupseshwar Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Manjeet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Savita Parmar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Maninder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jane", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Deepika", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"April Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kiranpreet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"May Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Jagkit Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence, harassment and stalking. User of SBS Services

Sudharshan Daffu, Survivor of domestic violence and criminal damages. User of SBS Services

Navjot Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Harpreet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Kanwaljeet Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Sonia Singh", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Navdeep Rana, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"M.B", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Navjot Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Anita Anita, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Noori Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Suman Sund, Survivor of domestic violence. Ex-user of SBS Services

"Baljit Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Baljeet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Parveen Aujal, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sukhwinder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kiranjit Talwar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Darshan Kaur", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Rose", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Harjeet Dhillon", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rajwinder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sawinder Das, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Raminder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kamalpreet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Manpreet Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Jasmin Kaur, Witness to domestic violence. User at SBS Services

Tavnish Bajwa, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Aman", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rupinder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Jaswinder Kaur Kansall, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Sabrina, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ruby Ali, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Hind Elhinnawy, Survivor of domestic violence and financial abuse. User of SBS Services

"Nasima Chowdhury", Survivor of domestic violence and honour based violence. User of Nari Diganta services

“Razia Begum”, Survivor of domestic violence, polygamy and Sharia Court abuses. User of Nari Diganta services

"Rhea Ali", Survivor of Polygamy and Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All Services

"Mrs Jabeen", Survivor of polygamy and Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All Services

"Mrs Farhat Khan", Survivor of polygamy and domestic violence. User of One Law for All Services

"Ms Nadia Sadiq", Survivor of Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All Services

"Mrs Soffina Rind", Survivor of Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All Services

"Mrs Sajida Choudhury”, Survivor of ‘triple talaq’ (unilateral divorce) and Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All Services

"Habiba Jaan", Witness to polygamous marriage and survivor of domestic violence. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Shabnam Khan, Witness to domestic violence and polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs T Khan, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Samina Javed, Survivor of domestic violence and polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Kanwal Hussain, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Parveen Khan, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All Services

Miss Komal Iqbal, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All Services

Miss Tanya Mahmood, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All Services

Miss Alisha Iqbal, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Mehvish, Witness of polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Four Choudary sisters, Witness to polygamy, ‘triple talaq’ and Sharia Court abuses. Users of One Law for All Services

Mrs Saeeda Choudary, Survivor of polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Zohra Haq, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Tabassum Begum, Witness to polygamy and Islamic divorce in Sharia Courts. User of One Law for All Services

Bajis Neighbour, Witness to ‘triple talaq’ and polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Kiran Dhanjal, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Nighat Hussain, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’ and domestic violence. User of One Law for All Services

Mrs Selina Khan, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All Services

Einas Bassim, Survivor of domestic violence. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Shazia T", Asylum seeker and survivor of domestic violence. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Naz", Asylum seeker and survivor of domestic violence and. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Amina", Survivor of domestic violence. Volunteer at Safety4Sisters

"Dorcas", Survivor of domestic violence. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Diane Pokua", Survivor of domestic violence. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Sadia K", Survivor of domestic violence and asylum seeker. User of Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) services.

"Fahret Khan", Founder of WAST, survivor of domestic violence.

"Rutendo", Survivor of domestic violence. User of WAST Safety4Sisters services

"Roze Lea", Survivor of domestic violence. User of WAST services

Maimuna Ibrahim, Survivor of domestic violence. User of WAST services

"Malvina B", Survivor of domestic violence. User of Safety4Sisters services

"Angela", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Yegana Mammadova, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Neha Naghar, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Kamaldeep Dhesi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Beverley Hoskins", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Julie Zhang, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Deepa", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shahana Shanu, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Casherral Beltran, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Gabriella Aman", Survivor of domestic violence and trafficking. User of SBS Services

Nurjahan Ali, Survivor of forced marriage. User of SBS Services

"A.M", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Vanessa Tigenoah, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

"Archie", Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rosana Ikeji, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Susan M., Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shaban Afzal, Witness to polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All Services

Shazia Hobbs, Survivor of polygamy. User of One Law for All Services

Maryam, Survivor of domestic violence and abandonment. User of SBS services

"Merita S", Survivor of domestic violence. User of WAST services

Syeda Jahan, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS services

"Sarah", Survivor of forced marriage, domestic violence and financial abuse. User of SBS services

Blessing, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Mamie Malundama, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Theresa Osei, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ravendro Lall, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Fatima Akbar, Witness to domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Evelyn Yaghoubi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Samina”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Ash”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nergiz Bekam, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ashima Arora, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Parmjit Soor, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Anam Azam, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Simi”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Mahnoor”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Hema Joshi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Inderjit Kaur, Witness to domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Rajwant Virdee, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Anna”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Maliha, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Sarah”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Laila”, Survivor of forced marriage and domestic violence. User of SBS Services

“Georgina T”, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Selamawit Tadesse, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Nazia Shabbir, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Stella Appana, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Farnaz Moghanchi, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Ranjeet, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Shama Haram, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Gurvinder Kaur, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Tahia, Survivor of domestic violence. User of SBS Services

Supported by:

Mr Imran Khan, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All services.

Mr K Khan, Witness to Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All services.

Mr Zaid Hussain, Witness to polygamy. User of One Law for All services.

Mr R Tahir, Survivor of polygamous family and witness to Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All services.

Mr Hader Mahmood, Father of three daughters who wishes to protect them from polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All services.

Mr Dawood Azhar, Against practice of polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All services.

Mr G. Choudary, Father of 4 daughters who wishes to protect them from practice of polygamy and ‘triple talaq’ and witness to Sharia Court abuses. User of One Law for All services.

Dr Shaaz Hussian, Father of daughters - against practice of polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All services.

Dr Amer Mukhtar, Father of daughter - against practice of polygamy and ‘triple talaq’. User of One Law for All services.

(Pragna Patel is Director of Southall Black Sisters and a founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism. She has written extensively on race, gender and religion. Her publications include ‘Citizenship: Whose Rights?’ in Women and Citizenship in Europe: Borders, Rights and Duties, ed. A. Ward et al. (Trentham Books), the ‘The Time Has Come .. Asian Women in Struggle’ in Black British Feminism - A Reader, ed. H. S. Mirza (Taylor & Francis). Listen to her TEDX talk on Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.)

P.S.

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