Fatwa Forces Bengal Ban on Women’s Football Game

KOLKATA: There is no Taliban in West Bengal but the district administration in Malda, about 350 km from here, was forced to ban a women’s exhibition football match following a ‘fatwa’ by a local Muslim cleric, leading to outcry and a huge controversy.

Mohammad Maqsud Alam, imam of a mosque in Chandipur in Harishchandrapur, issued the fatwa against the match saying: “Wearing shorts and tight clothes by women is against sharia. It’s a sin to watch such a game. I had told the villagers about it and they stopped the match.” He said the villagers petitioned the district administration to stop the match in which women were to take part.

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