30 May '11, 10am

Divroce among Muslims high...but should be seen as the awareness of the rights that one has in marriage

KOTA BARU - THE Government will conduct Syariah Court proceedings at night and on public holidays in an effort to reduce the backlog of cases, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim said. 'We have enough Syariah Court judges but more time is needed to dispose as many cases as possible. It will be one of the moves to help reduce the backlog of cases,' Dr Mashitah said on Sunday. Dr Mashitah, said based on statistics, almost all cases registered for divorce were after the fifth year of marriage. 'Although the divorce rate among Muslims is high, we must not view it negatively. It shows that there is awareness among couples of their rights within the ambit of Syariah law concerning marriage and divorce.' It was reported that 2009 statistics showed one divorce occurred every 15 minutes among Muslims. -- THE STAR/ANN

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