ISLAMIC hardliners are imposing Sharia law on married couples’ private lives from secret courts in Britain, it was revealed yesterday.
Although they have no basis in British law, the hearings are attended voluntarily by Muslim couples to settle disputes without referral to the authorities.
In some cases they can order wives to be more attentive to husbands or release spouses from forced marriages.
The first court was established in Birmingham in 1982.
Now 10 are in operation, with 95 per cent of cases relating to married couples’ private lives.
Cases have included wives trying to force a divorce by claiming their husbands are impotent – one of the rare cases where a woman can get a divorce in Islamic law.
They have also heard cases of adultery, punishable by stoning to death in Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Sexual problems can be down to hygiene or how often the couples are fornicating.
Dr Suhaib Hasan
The sex cases are known to have been heard in east London, Glasgow, Dewsbury in west Yorkshire and Manchester.
Guilty parties are ordered to perform repentance or “tauba” to right the marital wrong.
The Islamic Sharia Council in Britain receives petitions for 50 to 60 cases every week covering financial, criminal, divorce and marital problems.
Dr Suhaib Hasan said: “We hear a small number involving sexual problems.
“This can be down to hygiene or sometimes how often the couples are fornicating – which can cause problems.