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Rajasthan: Religious leaders refuse to accept 2 women qazis

10, Feb 2016

Feb 10, 2016 – Sanjay Bohra | Jaipur
Muslim religious leaders and women rights groups are at loggerheads in Rajasthan over equal rights for women. The bone of contention is whether a woman qazi can conduct marriages or not.
The matter is being debated after two women from Jaipur claimed to have become qazis.
Jahan Ara and Afroz Begum completed a two-year training course from Mumbai-based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa. After being handed over the qaziyat on Friday, they will be now be called Qazi Jahan Ara and Qazi Afroza Begum.
The duo from Jaipur was among a group of 16 women from different states across the country that during the period of course also learnt Hadith, Indian Constitution and the rights of women.
The duo was sent for training by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, of which the two women are members.


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