December 23, 2016

India: Madras high court bans sharia courts operating in Tamil Nadu

Madras high court bans unauthorised Sharia courts in Tamil Nadu

Dec 19, 2016 18:19 IST

Aditya Iyer
Hindustan Times, Chennai
The Madras high court on Monday banned all unauthorised Sharia courts in mosques across Tamil Nadu, saying centres of worship were only to be used for religious purposes.
The first bench of the court, comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice M Sundar, directed the state government to ensure that unofficial courts were banned. It was asked to file a report in this regard within four weeks.

The court’s direction came in response to a PIL filed by a non-resident Indian, Abdul Rahman, who alleged that the Makka Masjid Shariat Council was operating as a court of law from a mosque on Chennai’s Anna Salai. He said the council dealt largely with matrimonial disputes, even going to the extent of passing divorce orders. [. . .]

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