The Quazi Court System in Sri Lanka and its Impact on Muslim Women

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The Quazi Court System 
There is evidence that from ancient times, the religious laws and customs of the Muslims were applied by the Sinhalese kings in resolving disputes among Muslim subjects, and a special court was established for this
purpose in Colombo in the fi fteenth century. Although the special laws and customs had somehow managed to survive nearly four centuries of foreign dominion, the special judicial apparatus set up by the Sinhalese
kings had perished. A Quazi Court system covering the entirety of Sri Lanka was established only in the third decade of the twentieth century. The events that led to the establishment of the Quazi Court system in Sri Lanka are of some interest. In 1925 the Supreme Court held that a Muslim marriage can only be terminated at the instance of the wife by the District Court, and that the practice of a married woman or her father appointing a ‘Quazi’
for the purpose of obtaining a divorce according to the special laws and customs of the Muslims had no legal sanction.7……….

 

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