Monday, September 22, 2008

The Jawa Report: Muslim Ex Boyfriend Charged in Murder of Two Sisters in Britain

The Jawa Report: Muslim Ex Boyfriend Charged in Murder of Two Sisters in Britain: "Muslim Ex Boyfriend Charged in Murder of Two Sisters in Britain

A man has been charged in the murder of two sisters murdered in their flat last week in Birmingham.

Via BBC: A man from Birmingham has been charged with the murder of two women who were found dead at their flat in the city.

The bodies of Yasmine Larbi-Cherif, 22, and her 19-year-old sister Sabrina were discovered on Monday.

Forensic tests revealed the pair, who lived at Jupiter Apartments near the city centre, died of stab wounds.

The original BBC report about the murders described the scene as...

challenging, forensically".

He added there was a "substantial amount of blood" inside many of the rooms

Charged in the murder is Mohammed Ali who has been identified as the ex-boyfriend of the elder sister.

Which makes the questions in this weekly standard article all the more relevant.

That being said, I see three significant issues. First, there is a question about rights that are due to specific political communities. Are the rights provided to women under British marriage or inheritance law a baseline that they are due, or can they freely contract to be given fewer rights? We have in fact already seen this happen under the sharia tribunals. In a recent inheritance dispute described by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal’s Siddiqi, a deceased man’s estate was divided between his three daughters and two sons. The Times reports: “The judges on the panel gave the sons twice as much as the daughters, in accordance with sharia. Had the family gone to a normal British court, the daughters would have got equal amounts.”

This fact raises a question about how voluntary individuals’ accession to the sharia tribunals will actually be. Are women (for example) going to be forced by their families into marriages under sharia that provide them with fewer rights than they would have under British law?

Well the women could obviously choose to not use the Sharia court. Of course there will be er uh reactions from the Muslim community for choosing British common law over Sharia. A girl who wants to keep her head needs to keep that in mind. Too often families or others who feel their honor has been damaged resort to murder to restore it. "

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