Caledoniyya

A Fatwa Worth Having

At last, common sense has triumphed (in Jordan, naturally) and a fatwa has been issued that is to the benefit of women:

According to Al-Arabiyya:

The Jordanian Committee of Religious Decrees and Islamic Studies said that such examinations were haram, or prohibited under Islamic law, [and that] such examinations were a form of abuse against women.
“We view this practice as a degrading treatment for women and one which violates women’s rights to physical integrity and privacy,” Nadya Khalife, a women’s rights researcher with Human Rights Watch told The Media Line. “I’m happy to note that the Council finds this practice humiliating,” she said, adding that the rights group also sees the practice as inherently discriminatory. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

The Jordanian Committee of Religious Decrees and Islamic Studies said that such examinations were haram, or prohibited under Islamic law, [and that] such examinations were a form of abuse against women.

“We view this practice as a degrading treatment for women and one which violates women’s rights to physical integrity and privacy,” Nadya Khalife, a women’s rights researcher with Human Rights Watch told The Media Line. “I’m happy to note that the Council finds this practice humiliating,” she said, adding that the rights group also sees the practice as inherently discriminatory. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Mumin Al-Hadidi, the head of Jordan’s National Center for Forensic Medicine, conducted approximately 150 “virginity examinations” a year and said checks should be restricted to requests by the court in rape trials:

It’s reached the situation where many people won’t get married unless they are certain the women’s hymen is intact. I’m against checking a woman’s virginity before marriage, because it damages the women’s dignity and casts doubt on her honor.

And as we know, “honor” is the cause of the deaths of innumerable young women across the region.

While the average in Jordan is 20 deaths per year, 2009 has so far proved a more fatal year than those previous.

Still in its nascence, it’ll be interesting to follow the progress of the honor-killing centric tribunal established last week with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice quickly and efficiently.

Will it stamp out the age-old tradition or be just another blast of hot air?

One comment on “A Fatwa Worth Having

  1. bambam
    August 7, 2009

    no mention of the other wonderful fatwas in the statement including how healing with the quran is effective ? no ?
    then how about an argument that those asking for the examination have religious grounds to do so, or the bases on why those religious grounds are void ?
    I guess it’s good in skin deep terms

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