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Bangladesh: Top Court rules that the word 'virgin' must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates

The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s Supreme Court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term. Under the South Asian country’s Muslim marriage laws, a bride has to select one of three options on the certificate – whether she is a Kumari (virgin), a widow or divorced. On Sunday, the court ordered the government to remove the term and replace it with “unmarried”. The court is expected to publish its full verdict by October. Bangladesh is the world’s third-largest Muslim majority nation and nearly 90% of its population of 168 million are Muslims. Src:https://bit.ly/326CMNa

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