Bangladesh bans religious punishments

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The Bangladesh High Court has outlawed punishments handed down by religious edict, or fatwa, after a series of cases of Muslim women being beaten and caned, a state lawyer said Friday.

The court ruling came late Thursday on public interest litigations by human rights groups who highlighted examples of women being publicly whipped for “crimes” like adultery, having a child out of wedlock or even just talking to people of other faiths.

In some cases, rape victims were flogged for being a “participant” to their assault. More clues as to why Islamic law is not welcomed in the West.

(By the way: we’re not sure why Yahoo! News placed this AFP item in its ‘entertainment’ section.)

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013