A Mufti is an Islamic scholar who interprets and expounds Islamic law. They are jurist qualified to give authoritative legal opinions.
Called by the Republican People’s Party Istanbul Provincial Women’s Branch, women have answered the call by staging demonstration against the law drafting granting muftis authority to perform marriage and imposing criteria of “public morality” in acquiring citizenship via marriage.
According to them, “With granting the muftis the authority to perform marriage, the state violates principle of equality.”
The draft has been approved by the Committee on Internal Affairs has to be discussed in the General Assemble of the Parliament this week.
The Article has finally been approved at Parliament at late session on Octo. 18.