(AFP) – Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk, that is aimed at “protecting” Buddhists in the former junta-ruled nation.
The move follows several waves of anti-Muslim violence that have coincided with a groundswell of Buddhist nationalism.
While the proposals from Thein Sein, in a letter seen by AFP on Friday, are vaguely worded, they appear to call for some kind of restrictions on inter-faith marriages.
The proposals include a law “to give protection and rights for ethnic Buddhists when marrying with other religions”, as well as a ban on polygamy and legislation to “balance the increasing population.”
Thein Sein, who has won international plaudits for his political reforms, submitted the proposals to lawmakers after receiving a petition led by Buddhist clerics last year.
A radical monk called Wirathu has campaigned for a law to force non-Buddhist men wishing to marry a Buddhist woman to convert and gain permission to wed from her parents, or risk 10 years in jail.
“We have tried continually to have a national protection bill. Now it has started to come true with the president’s message. We are so glad,” Wirathu told AFP.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has previously slammed his proposals as “a violation of women’s rights and human rights.”
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If this proposal is so bad, why are Islam’s rules on marriage (spouse must convert to Islam) acceptable? Why is the entire planet caving into aggressive cult called Islam?