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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I January 2009
Muhammad still top
name in Peterborough
Topping the charts as the in Peterborough, and I think
most popular name given we’ll see more European
to bouncing baby boys born names.”
this year in Peterborough How they stand,
is Muhammad, a testament Peterborough’s 2008 top
to the city’s diverse cultural ten babies name number in
population. brackets shows last years
The traditional Muslim position.
name hit the number one spot Top Boys 2008:
for the second year running 1. Mohammed (1)
above names such as Jack, 2. Oliver (3)
Thomas and Harry in the list 3. Jack (2)
compiled by Peterborough 4. Daniel (-)
Register Office. 5. Charles/Charlie (8)
Interim superintendent 6. Alexander (9)
registrar Rosalind Yardy 7. Thomas (4)
(53) said: “It certainly does
year we’re going to see different
8. William (-)
demonstrate the diversity of the
spelling variations highlighting the
9. James (10)
communities in the city. I think next
cultural percentage of the population
10. Benjamin (-)
Baroness urges courts to
recognise Sharia divorces
Sharia divorces should be recognised obtained of a sharia divorce.
by courts and the Government, This would extend to Muslims the
according to one of the country’s most rights created for Jews under the
senior legal figures. Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act
Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former 2002, to prevent obstructive husbands
head of the Family Division, called for withholding divorces from their wives.
judges to stop granting civil divorces Under Islam, a woman cannot issue
to separating Muslim couples unless the talaq to end a marriage except in
they had already been through a rare circumstances. She can ask a
religious divorce. sharia council to dissolve the marriage
She claimed the move would end but in doing so she would forfeit part
the “injustice” of women being left of her financial rights.
unable to remarry if their husband Lady Butler-Sloss said she was
refused to grant them a divorce, “very tempted” to ask a question in the
because under Islam only men have Lords as to why the 2002 Act should
the power to end marriages. not be extended. She said it was an
In a debate that she chaired on “injustice” to Muslims.
Islam and English Law at London’s A spokesman for the Ministry of
Temple Church, Lady Butler-Sloss, Justice said religious groups could
England’s first female Appeal Court apply to the Lord Chancellor to
judge, called for ministers to change absolute could not be issued by a become recognised by the Act.
the law for Muslims, so that a decree civil court until evidence had been Agencies
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