Bangladesh arrests cleric over fatwa against women farming

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A Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said on Dec. 13.

The imam and five mosque officials face charges after their announcement prompted locals in the western town of Kumarkhali to try and prevent women from going to work in the fields.

Glyk 2b“They took the decision after prayers on Dec. 8, banning women from going out of their homes,” local police chief Abdul Khaleque told AFP.

“They used the mosque’s loudspeakers that evening to spread the…

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