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She launched her campaign “Register Our Marriage” in 2014 to lobby for a change in the law, and to spread awareness of lack of rights.

“The Marriage Act 1949 must be updated to require all faiths to register their marriages.

It was the Nikah and in the eyes of her faith and her community she was married to him.

In order to be free from him, she needed to be granted that divorce.

“In contrast, if there has not been a civil marriage, the fee of the Sharia Council is £300-£400 because of the extra work needed to investigate the divorce application.

Plus I am increasingly hearing complaints of one year-plus delays and misogyny, which causes deep distress to women who are already suffering.”Khan has her proposals ready: “If there has been no civil ceremony and the wife does apply to a sharia council, the divorce should become a paper process as in English law and there should be no requirement to attend before a panel of scholars and discuss private matters, unless the divorce is defended.

The court was told Miss Dookhran had been in a relationship with an Arab Muslim and her family members did not approve because they were Indian Muslims.

Despite struggling to obtain her divorce, my friend’s friend persisted, for in her mind she was a Muslim woman who had entered into a religious marriage contract with this man.

The man mocked her, and despite the rage of her family and friends, there was nothing anyone could do.

My friend’s friend was finally granted her decree by the Sharia Council earlier this year.

The procedure dragged on and cost her money and nonstop stress.

Yet it was a path she insisted on because of her faith.

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