AN ESTIMATED 100,000 British Muslim women are being duped into sham Sharia marriage – leaving them exposed to abusive and cheating husbands.
The massive figure highlights a worrying trend of young British Muslim couples opting for such arrangements – which are NOT recognised under British law – and leave men with the polygamous option of having up to four ‘wives’.
Sham ceremonies which are not legally recognized can leave vulnerable women oppressed, with no rights to a fair share of assets if the relationship ends. Under the strictures of Sharia law many others are forced by their communities to return to abusive and sometimes violent husbands.
A leading lawyer dealing with Sharia cases said a “huge rise” in such ceremonies among the 2.7million-strong British Muslim population was behind the growth of “secret polygamy.”