Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sharia Law in the UK?

It's here already - according to Clive Davis!

The BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action produced evidence yesterday that it was being used by some Muslims as an alternative to English criminal law.

How can a female convert to Islam possibly complain about the growth of minority legal systems? "Very often traditional forms of mediation can disadvantage vulnerable groups, such as women, within a community."

She didn't have to convert!


Bag said...

Sorry I see her conversion as irrelevant. Although I do find it ironic that she complains when her choice includes reducing womens rights yet that is what she signed up to. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The law should be for all in the UK not subject to deviation. However, is this any different to infractions due to company policy and being sacked or club rules with fines. If someone break British law then it should be by the courts. However if the victim and culprit decide not to press charges and go for an informal justice system is this really unacceptable? Providing the punishment itself does not break our laws of course.

Bit like Judge Judy. If they buy into it they should accept the punishment. Although you probably have more justice in these mickey mouse courts for certain low level crimes. Unless you are a woman of course.

Snafu said...

Bag, you are right about the irrelevance of the conversation, I just enjoyed her chutzpah!

You're right about the legal process, I can just see it becoming more acceptable over time. What happens if both parties accept the punishment meted out by the court even if it conflicts with accepted UK punishments? Should there be exemptions?