India high court forbids enforcement of fatwas

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that fatwas [ISCA backgrounder] issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens’ fundamental rights to impose religious-based opinions on them. Though the issuance of fatwas was not deemed illegal, they are no longer binding or enforceable….


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