Caroline Cox is a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords and a staunch opponent of Sharia in the UK. She appeared recently on the BBC with Nigel Farage of UKIP to discuss her proposed bill that would close loopholes in British law that allow women to be oppressed and discriminated against in the country’s notorious sharia courts.
The following clip was taken from that BBC segment. Pay special attention to what the female Muslim lawyer has to say about the effects of sharia on women in Britain:
Below are excerpts from a report in The Daily Mail about Baroness Cox’s bill:
Muslim men in some communities in Britain are having up to 20 children each with multiple wives under Sharia law, potentially leaving the youngsters ‘vulnerable to extremism’, peers warn.
Cross-bench peer Baroness Cox said yesterday the men’s behavior is creating ‘dysfunctional families’ — with some divorcing their wives by simply saying or writing ‘I divorce you’ three times.
She also gave a number of ‘shocking examples’ of how the Islamic legal system ‘discriminates’ against Muslim women, whom she said needed better protection under equality legislation.
Addressing the House of Lords, she said one woman had told her: ‘I feel betrayed by Britain. I came here to get away from this and the situation is worse here than in the country I escaped from.’
Baroness Cox then spoke of how her Muslim friends had told her that in some communities in the UK ‘with high polygamy and divorce rates, men may have up to 20 children each’.
‘Clearly, youngsters growing up in dysfunctional families may be vulnerable to extremism, she said.
She added that ‘demography may affect democracy’.
In another example of how Muslim women need greater protection, Baroness Cox told the story of ‘Roma’ — not her real name — who suffered physical abuse at the hands of her Pakistani husband.
She ‘did everything possible to avoid a divorce’ out of fear of being rejected by her community — but when her husband failed to obtain a visa to enter Britain, he divorced her under Islamic law.
He did so by sending her a piece of paper featuring the words ‘I divorce you’ three times, she said.
Baroness Cox said a loophole in the Equality Act was allowing Sharia courts to discriminate against women — and said her Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill would help protect them.
The bill ‘will strengthen the position of vulnerable women who need protection from exploitation. It will ensure that all such women, whatever sect or creed, get the help they need to enjoy full lives’.
We must not tolerate the sweeping of violence against women or children under the carpet by any religion in the name of faith.’
She added that she had been told ‘thousands of Muslim women’ are backing her bill.
According to Baroness Cox, around 100,000 couples in Britain are currently in Islamic marriages that are not recognised by English law, leaving them at a legal disadvantage.
Hat tip: Gaia.