Monday, July 16, 2012

Village Councils In India Bring Taliban Style Islam to Villages

India’s population of 160 million Muslims is the third largest Muslim population in the world. In a nation of approximately 1.2 billion people, this comes out to about 12% of the total Indian population. Thhere is a wide range of religiousity among India’s Muslims. If the panchayat ( Muslim religious council) of Asara villaget in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh , which is around 24 miles away from India’s capital has its way, India’s Muslims will be very strict, whether they like it or not. The panchayat system allows a group of five village elders agreed upon by local consensus to settle localk disputes. In practice, it is in some cases a form of local despotism.

The London Daily Mail reports that religious authorities want some old time (sixth century) religion, according to which any woman under 40 will be banned from going out shopping, and girsl will be banned from speaking on the street on their cell phones. In addition,

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