Bid to ban Muslims from replacing UK law with Sharia courts is put before MPs

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A private members bill due to be voted on today would stop religious organisations from pretending to be able to act as a court when they have no legal.

Around 85 Sharia courts are thought to exist in Britain

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, first introduced by Baroness Caroline Cox, which has already been passed in the Lords, will also force them to stop discriminating against women.

The bill comes amid growing concern over the way Sharia courts are being used by many in the Muslim community as an alternative legal system in Britain and how they are systematically discriminating against women in civil cases such as divorce.

The bill was first introduced by humanitarian campaigner Baroness Caroline Cox amid concerns over “systematic” discrimination against women in these quasi-legal systems including Sharia courts.

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