India’s Muslim women fight tradition and family for right to property


Shabana was 18 years old when she was married to a man 15 years her senior, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It wasn’t long before he began beating her. Worried for her safety and that of her two young kids, Shabana begged her eldest brother to let her return to her parental home, where he now lived. He refused, saying her place was with her husband, and that she had no right over the home. The home was claimed by her brothers. Under Islamic law, Shabana and her two sisters were also entitled to a share of…

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