Tag: Muslim Family Law and Legal Systems

Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) – Child Marriage Press Statement

I refer to the statement of the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim made last year at on 25.2.2016, where she was reported to have said: “My ministry has always been against early marriage or child marriage as it curbs the mental, physical and psychological development of a child.”Let a…

Stop mitigating rape

Statement on Article by FMT on 12/3/2017 “Marriage isn’t the worst thing for a rape victim”. The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the statement made by Syariah lawyer Faiz Fadzil in a recent article , suggesting that it is in the best interest for an underage girl to marry,…

The LRA Amendments: End Of A Dark Chapter

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) welcomes the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976. In part, it confirms the Federal Court decision in Deepa’s case: where parties were married under civil law, the dissolution of the marriage and all related matters are also to be dealt with under…

Malaysia Still Long Way To Go In Overcoming Child Marriage

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) expresses our grave concern at the statement by the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on the rarity of child marriages in Malaysia to the international audience she was addressing at the Ford Foundation breakfast meeting in New York, as reported in The Star on 1…

Dr Nik Noriani Nik Badlishah Legal Aid Fund

The Fund is created to assist Muslim women (residing in Malaysia) who approach the Telenisa Legal Clinic as clients, struggling to pay the filing fees for their cases at the Syariah Court. Where related, The Fund may also be disbursed for cases in the Civil Courts (e.g.: domestic violence and inheritance claims where there may…

Press Briefing Notes The Kelantan Incest Case 21 March 2000

Sisters in Islam views with concern the prosecution for incest of a 17-year-old girl, by the Kelantan Syariah Court. There is an assumption here that the daughter, considered a minor under civil law, is a willing partner in committing the crime of incest. The daughter initially pleaded not guilty and had defended herself. However, the…

Equal Right to Guardianship for Muslim Women

18 December 1998 YAB Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad Perdana Menteri Malaysia Jabatan Perdana Menteri Jalan Dato’ Onn Kuala Lumpur Assalamualaikum Dear YAB, Re: Equal Right to Guardianship for Muslim Women Representatives from seven women’s groups met on 5 December 1998 to discuss the Government’s decision to amend the Guardianship Act, 1961 to grant non-Muslim…

The Domestic Violence Act and Conflict of Jurisdiction

In reference to the letter from Dr Rahmah Hashim, the Head of the Women’s Affairs Bureau of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (NST 11 May 1996), we would like to make the following statement: The current opposition to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (DVA) seems to be centred over the question of a conflict…

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