Bangladeshi Islamic groups protest over ‘anti-Islamic inheritance laws’

Hundreds of people campaigning for Islamic rule in Bangladesh have clashed with police over a new policy advocating more rights for women.

Police used teargas and batons to break up the protests after members of the Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) threw rocks in the capital, Dhaka.


The ICM, which is one of a number of groups campaigning for Sharia-based laws in Bangladesh, said the proposed women’s rights law was against a Koranic law of inheritance.

Mohammad Ismail, a protester, said: “We are not against women’s rights, but it has to be according to the guidelines of Islam.”

And Kawser Ahmed, who was also protesting, said: “The draft that the government prepared is totally anti-Islamic. We will not allow it to be passed.”

Other groups who joined the protests included the Ahkame Sharia Hefazat Committee, backed by the country’s biggest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.



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