Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, January 19, 2009

Laws and order in Nigeria

Sharia police block women's rally

"Islamic authorities in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have told organisers of a planned protest by divorced women to cancel the event.

The head of the Sharia police, or Hisbah [Hisbah police at right], said the planned protest was an 'embarrassment', and is 'un-Islamic'.

"The organisers have agreed to postpone their protest scheduled for 29 January.

"Women's rights activists say divorced women are often thrown out of their homes, lose custody of their children, and many end up destitute...

"The Hisbah are in charge of policing the morals of Muslims to make sure they are "Sharia-compliant".

They do not have the authority to ban the protest from going ahead, but told organisers they would report the demonstration to the police if they continued with it..."

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