by Geeta, ANI | HamaraPhotos.com | July 23, 2011
New Australian law to make Muslims lift veils. Photo: AP
Canberra - Thousands of Muslim women in Australia choose to live under a ’shadow civil code’ known as sharia law, as they consider it a more secular option than the country’s legal system.
Sharia law’s more controversial elements, including polygamous marriages, relationships where one person is legally underage, and its penal code, ensure ample opportunity for clashes with the traditional legal system.
Muslim women, however, believe that sharia law covers only private issues that go to the heart of their religious beliefs, and is only used when all parties agreed to its application.
"It’s not that the Australian laws are not good, it’s just that we choose to live like this," the Telegraph quoted a Muslim women, as saying.
The paper quoted another Muslim woman, as saying that she was aware of polygamous marriages in Sydney and that the women seemed happy. However, she said she would not personally enjoy the arrangement.
Earlier, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils suggested in a submission to the federal government that small changes could be introduced giving Muslims "legal pluralism".
But later it was made clear by Attorney-General Robert McClelland that ‘there is no place for sharia law in Australian society’.