“Change your Western mentality or I’ll get another wife:” Imams in Australia refuse to allow Muslimas to divorce their violent husbands

Polygamy is illegal under Australian law, but Islamic supremacists don’t care about that at all. The only thing that matters to them is Islamic law. The Qur’an allows polygamy, and Islamic law allows a man to divorce his wife just by saying “I divorce you” while making a woman who wants to divorce her violent husband jump through all sorts of hoops. For all too many Muslims in Australia and in other non-Muslim countries, that’s that. No other considerations are necessary, and certainly they feel no obligation to obey the laws of the land. Western leaders should take note of that, but they won’t.

“‘Change your Western mentality or I’ll get another wife’: Australian Muslim women are being trapped in abusive relationships as Sharia imams refuse to divorce them from their husbands”, by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, April 17, 2018:

Muslim women with violent husbands are struggling to get permission for a divorce from mosque imams, an investigation has revealed.

A parallel system of Islamic Sharia law operating in Australia is trapping wives in abusive relationships, for years, as male religious leaders refuse to recognise a women’s right to end a marriage.

The ABC has spoken to women about their struggles to dissolve an Islamic union.

They have blamed Muslim imams for dismissing their concerns about domestic violence.

While a Muslim man can divorce his wife by saying ‘I divorce you’ in Arabic three times, women have a much harder time in Australia getting permission to be allowed a separation.

The ABC investigation into religion and domestic violence heard from one woman, known by the pseudonym of Noor, who endured a husband yelling at her in front of their children for the way she cooked dinner.

He also beat her when she confronted him about how he had limited her ability to access bank finances, and threatened to take another wife, even though Australia doesn’t recognise polygamy.

‘I’m allowed to marry four women,’ he told her.

‘You have to change your Western mentality.’

Noor told the ABC she visited the Board of Imams Victoria, in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Coburg North, to apply for an Islamic divorce.

The woman, who wore a niqab during their decades-long marriage, also supplied them with a secret audio recording of her husband’s outburst…..

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