58 Qazi courts to be established in Sri Lanka
September 16, 2010 18 Comments
The following article explains how the system is to be implemented:
Eight Qazi courts will be setup in Beruwela in Western Province and Akkaraipaththu, Batticaloa, Ampara, Potuwil and Sammanthurai in Eastern Province where a major population of Muslims live, state-run TV, ITN reported.
The courts headed by judges known as Qazis will render their verdicts according to the Sharia Law, mostly to settle family disputes of Muslim people.
While this is an outrageous move by the government of Sri Lanka we at Religurd would also like to note that this move undermines cohesion, fosters intolerance and creates distrust between communities at a crucial juncture in our history.
Qazi courts have been around for some time now and the current move by the government is probably aimed at strengthening these courts, perhaps this is a move to appease a certain faction of the Muslim community in the island ? This is an interesting question worth exploring.
Here is another article courtesy of Xfactor who brought this to our attention. Sri Lanka is swiftly turning into a ground zero for extremists. The Buddhist fundamentalist movement, Christian fundamentalism and the Islamic agenda have all found a safe heaven on our pious land where speaking out against the irrational beliefs and practices of any religion has become taboo.