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British women ‘being pressured into polygamous relationships’ as a result of regulation lets them down, campaigners say

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British women are more and more being pressured into polygamous relationships or left with out baby assist when relationships break up as a result of UK regulation doesn’t supply enough safety to spouses in spiritual marriages, campaigners have warned.

Activists say there’s a rising drawback of males “marrying” women in spiritual ceremonies however refusing to legally register the unions – and subsequently avoiding the monetary and different duties owed to a partner.

Women are being left to undergo spiritual courts, which make rulings that drive them to stick with their companions even when they’re sad, or rule them unable to assert cash or property from their de facto husbands after marriages dissolve. 

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The warnings come after the federal government intervened by way of the lawyer normal in a landmark case final week in an try and overturn a household court docket decide’s choice that a girl was entitled to use for upkeep funds regardless of the actual fact they weren’t legally married. 

Nasreen Akhter had a nikah, which is an Islamic wedding ceremony, that led to a Muslim marriage contract between herself and Mohammed Khan. 

The couple, who have been married for 18 years and have 4 youngsters collectively, have been deemed to be married within the UK and the United Arab Emirates, the place they lived from 2005 to 2011, for tax causes and different functions.  

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Ms Akhter, a 47-year-old solicitor, mentioned she was eager to have a civil marriage and presumed they’d achieve this, however her husband refused. She alleges their relationship dissolved after he mentioned he needed to take one other spouse. 

Mr Khan, a businessman who can be 47, implied he didn’t owe his spouse something by claiming their almost two-decade-long relationship constituted a “non-marriage”.

Nevertheless, Mr Justice Williams’ ruling on the Excessive Courtroom in London in July 2018 led to Ms Akhter being entitled to use for upkeep. 

“The spouse’s proof of how the husband put her below strain saying that Islam permitted polygamy and that she was a foul Muslim and was rejecting the phrase of God exhibits a level of emotional manipulation that’s most unattractive,” he mentioned within the judgement. 

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The federal government intervened within the case, with attorneys for lawyer normal Geoffrey Cox arguing the decision needs to be overturned. A closing ruling is anticipated inside a couple of months.

Southall Black Sisters, which helps black and minority ethnic women, determined to get entangled within the case as they consider it has wider public significance.

Pragna Patel, the organisation’s director, mentioned: “We’re completely flabbergasted and staggered that the federal government has stepped in. We’re at a loss as to why the federal government feels it must intervene in a simply judgement. The primary court docket case decide got here to the appropriate conclusion find a treatment for a lady in her scenario. 

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“We come throughout a lot of women in comparable conditions. It’s a rising and widespread drawback. It additionally impacts on Hindu and Sikh women.

“When women go to sharia courts or spiritual ‘courts’, they usually make rulings to the detriment of women and attempt to drive women to remain in marriages. These establishments are misogynistic, patriarchal and anti-democratic. These establishments are an increasing number of governing women’s rights. If the regulation goes in opposition to us, it’s going to lock women out of the legal justice system.”

Ms Patel argued “rising fundamentalist norms” within the Muslim group and different minority teams have been making the issue worse – saying “spiritual energy” is on the centre of the problem, and the issue additionally rests with the broader group, who’re fostering a local weather during which folks really feel obliged to comply with spiritual, quite than civil regulation. 

Muslim getting married within the UK needs to be legally required to civilly register their union earlier than or through the Islamic ceremony and obstacles stopping Muslim women from accessing justice should be eliminated, the Council of Europe mentioned in January.

Olive Craig, a solicitor who specialises in household regulation that offers authorized recommendation to women on the Rights of Women household regulation recommendation line, mentioned there are growing numbers of circumstances like Ms Akhter’s. 

She mentioned: “It’s a rising and prevalent drawback. When women usually are not in a position to entry courts in England and Wales, there are various alternative ways perpetrators are in a position to manipulate the system to drawback women – whether or not that’s failing to reveal monetary belongings or failing to adjust to household court docket monetary orders to pay upkeep.

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“There was a historical past of the courts with the ability to grant one of these help when it was the intention that the wedding can be recognised however the formalities weren’t accomplished.”

Maryam Namazie, of marketing campaign group One Regulation for All, mentioned: “The federal government is at all times completely joyful to relegate minority women to kangaroo courts and faith-based parallel authorized techniques with a view to handle minority communities on the expense of women’s rights. If the attraction is upheld, it’s going to additional discrimination in opposition to minority women.”​

A survey in 2017 found virtually all married Muslim women within the UK had a nikah and virtually two-thirds had not had a distinct civil ceremony.

Vivienne Hayes, chief govt of the Women’s Useful resource Centre, the main nationwide umbrella organisation for the women’s sector within the UK, backed campaigners. 

She mentioned: “The regulation and human rights for all women should be honoured and our society ought to guarantee all residents benefit from the protections of our legal guidelines. Faith mustn’t develop into a barrier to justice.”

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