Toronto, May 30 (UNI) Muslim women organisations in Canada have welcomed the Quebec legislature’s decision to disallow Muslim tribunals for family matters in the province and that the laws of the state will apply to all its residents, regardless of religion, ethnicity or culture.
Describing the motion passed unanimously by the Quebec legislature as a ”courageous act”, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women said though it may be criticized by some, its message is strong that religious women will not be isolated and placed under any other form of law.
”Quebec has clearly understood that different laws for different citizens leads to discrimination and have nothing to do with multi-culturalism or Charter rights,” said Alia Hogben, Executive Director of the Council.
However, the Council regretted that the motion did not include a statement that no religious laws shall be used in the province.
It said this move towards separate laws, according to religion, is being advocated by other religious groups and is not restricted to Muslims only.
”We hope that Ontario will follow the same reasoning and demonstrate the courage to state unequivocally that all Ontario families must be treated equally under the laws of the land,” Hogben said, referring to Muslim women organisations’ struggle against Ontario’s move to bring the province under Sharia.