Bangladesh to remove the word ‘virgin’ from Muslim marriage certificates

5760Source: The Guardian

The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s top court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term.

Under the South Asian country’s Muslim marriage laws, a bride has to select one of three options on the certificate – whether she is a Kumari (virgin), a widow or divorced.

In a brief verdict on Sunday, the court ordered the government to remove the term and replace it with “unmarried”, said deputy attorney general Amit Talukder.

The court is expected to publish its full verdict by October, with the changes to the certificate expected to come into effect then.

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Categories: Asia, Bangladesh, Marriage

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