Judge Siti Mariah Ahmad, of the high court of Seremban in Negeri Sembilan, one of Malaysia’s thirteen states, struck down a first-ever constitutional challenge brought by four Malay transwomen who sought the court’s protection for being unfairly targeted by Article 66 of the Negeri Sembilan sharia law.
Mohammad Juzaili Mohammad Khamis (24), Shukor Jani (25), Wan Fairol Wan Ismail (27), and Adam Shazrul Mohammad Yusoff (25) work as bridal makeup artists, and identify and dress as women. In August 2012, they applied for judicial review of Article 66, which criminalizes men “who dress in women’s clothes and behave like women in public.” They claimed that it violated their rights under Articles 5, 8, 9, 10 and 4 of the Malaysian federal constitution, which guarantees personal liberty, nondiscrimination, freedom of movement, freedom to express one’s identity, and supersedes any local state law that challenges the federal constitution.
Their lawyer argued that Article 66 was unconstitutional because it penalized individuals for “an attribute of their nature that they did not choose and cannot change.”
Judge Siti Mariah, who heard the arguments in the judicial review, disagreed. In her decision, she said, “The undisputed facts are that the applicants are born as males, they are male to female transsexuals, and the evidence of the psychiatrist is that they have jiwa wanita (soul of a woman)… Section 66 is part of the teaching of Islam and the applicants are Muslims. They cannot be exempted from it.”
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Muslim mak nyahs can face up to six months in prison from Malaysian sharia courts. They are sometimes forced to attend Islamic religious classes where they are pressured to reform and give verbal assurances that they will stop being trans. They are particularly vulnerable to routine arrest and penalized by police and Islamic religious officers who verbally humiliate, physically and sexually abuse them while in custody.
Read the rest: Transgender Women Challenge Sharia Law in Malaysia.
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek agreed today with a Wanita MCA leader’s view that PAS condones the raping of non-Muslim women, pointing out that the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat had made the opinion clear in a speech four years ago.
The MCA president (picture) alleged that in the 2008 speech, Nik Aziz had said that women who do not “tutup aurat” (protect their modesty) “deserved to be raped”.
“And the reason he gave was that this is because the eye is connected to the genitalia so when you see… you get provoked.
Read the rest: Islamic Leader: Non-Muslim Women Legal to Rape
Dr. Bill Warner, Center for the Study of Political Islam on the rape of non-Muslim women:
Mohammed and the Koran advocate rape of the kafirs. After their battles the jihadists partook in the pleasure of raping the wives and daughters of the conquered men. Duality separates the kafirs from a real humanity and submission means that the cruelest treatment is given to them so they will submit. It is only just.
Rape is a supreme tactic of war and Mohammed used it in every way possible. Rape humiliates the kafir men and crushes the spirit of the women. It is the perfect weapon of fear and subjugation. How much more humiliated and subjugated can a woman be? The history of jihad shows that rape was a constant.
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Dualistic ethics make rape a virtue. Islam has one ethical code for Muslims and another one for kafirs—dualism. The kafir woman is not real human. Allah hates kafirs and sanctioned rape. So when a Muslim rapes a kafir, he is partaking in sacred behavior, sanctioned by his ethics. Rape of the kafir is Sunna (following the ideal behavior of Mohammed).
Malaysian news anchor Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi after shaving her head for cancer awareness
A Muslim TV anchor’s decision to support cancer awareness by chopping off her hair has cost the woman her job at a Malaysian channel, which wants her to grow back her mane to an “acceptable” length before being allowed to resume her work.
Popular Malaysian NTV7 news anchor and television personality Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi has also claimed to have received anonymous calls abusing her for defying a ‘fatwa’ prohibiting women from shaving their head, local media reported on Tuesday.
Ras Adiba, who works on a freelance basis for NTV7, cropped her hair on Friday to show solidarity with The National Cancer Council cancer awareness campaign.
However, NTV7 found her new look too much to handle, ruling that she could no longer appear on air until her hair grows back to an acceptable length, Star newspaper said.
Read the rest here.
You’d think that since observant Muslim women wear the hijab to cover their hair that this would be a great alternative for those hot summer days! No hair, no need for the hijab.
A local media report this week highlighted the growing concern for women in the country being abducted and sold into sex work.
According to The Malaysian Insider, five women have escaped that fate after they reported being attacked and tried to be kidnapped by unknown assailants.
The women escaped their would-be abductors who allegedly had plans to sell them.
Harian Metro reported that one of the women, who only wished to be known as Ms Najwa, claimed she was abducted near her rented house in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, at 3pm on Monday.
However, she escaped when the van ferrying her and four other women stopped at a petrol station in Simpang Pulai, Perak.
Najwa, a bank officer in Kuala Lumpur, said she was forced into the van by three men.
The incidents have women’s advocates in the country frustrated, but optimistic that police in Malaysia are attempting to put an end to the illegal trade in women for sex work.
Read more: Women in Malaysia Escape Sex Slavery.
(h/t to The Religion of Peace)