The rise of female Sharia judges in India

0a6967db2f024948afe013161a5d988e_18Source: Aljazeera

Mumbai, India – Earlier this year, Maya Rachel McManus, a British Muslim, walked down the aisle in Kolkata on her wedding day and exchanged garlands with her partner.

Later, her marriage was solemnised by female qazis, or judges, who govern Islamic law. 

“Maybe my multicultural wedding would have been frowned upon if the qazis were men,” McManus told Al Jazeera, adding that the couple was not satisfied with the male judges they had approached.

Along with her husband, Maya decided that she wanted women to perform her wedding rites.

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