Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani chaired on Thursday a meeting at Dar al-Fatwa after which the participants issued a statement rejecting the civil personal status law on domestic violence that had been previously approved by the Administration and Justice Parliamentary Committee.
“[The participants] reject the law on domestic violence since it harms the Muslim woman and denies her of the rights granted [to her] by the [Islamic] judiciary,” the statement said.
“This [decree] includes many violations of the Islamic law which lead to the separation of the Muslim family in Lebanon and to the overlapping of powers between the civil and religious courts,” the statement added.
The statement added that transforming health and social institutions into places where complaints are received is a major shift from their original responsibilities.
The statement also said that the Lebanese constitution gives Muslims the right to reject any law that comes in conflict with their personal status code.
“[The participants] are keen on dealing with domestic violence matters, but reject the cloning of Westernized laws which are leading to the separation of families in the West.”
The Justice and Administration parliamentary committee drafted in May a new criminal law that considers forced sexual relations on a partner by their spouse as rape which should be penalized according to the criminal law.
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