Sharia alert. From the BBC, with thanks to Belisarius:
Islamic groups have campaigned against women taking part in sport Bangladesh’s government has stopped women taking part in a swimming competition after pressure from an Islamic group.
Radical Muslims threatened large demonstrations if the competition was allowed to go ahead.
Last year the competition was held without incident.
In July, a women’s wrestling tournament was cancelled after threats to disrupt it, and a women’s football competition was called off after protests.
It was later held peacefully….
The Committee for Resistance to Un-Islamic Activities said women taking part in the sport would offend Bangladesh’s more than 100 million Muslims.
On Monday, they organised a rally in the town that was attended by more than 1,000 people.