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132 Interview with Aziza Hassanien, a lawyer and member of the Women Initiative Group, on 5 March 2007 in Khartoum. 133 Ibid. 130 23 CMI REPORT DISCRIMINATION IN THE NAME OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM R 2007: 5 Equally, Sonia Malik from Afhad University for Women does not find a problem with the sharia as such, but with the fact that “they [men] take the hardest interpretations and apply it”. Sadiq alMahdi, the leader of the UP, describes the codified Personal Status Law for Muslims as “backward and unacceptable.

201 Under the Personal Status Law for Muslims (1991) a woman can obtain a divorce (tatliq: a divorce granted by the judge) against her husband’s will if she can prove that the husband (1) fails to fulfil his obligations to support her; (2) does not treat all his wives justly; (c) has a defect she did not know about before the marriage; (d) is suffering from an incurable mental or psychical illness; (e) is impotent; (f) behaves in a cruel manner; (f) is abroad for more than one year; or (g) is sentenced to prison for more than two years.

It is also specifically mentioned that neither should the husband interfere with the wife’s personal money nor should he harm her. As for the wife’s obligations towards her husband, the caring aspect is emphasised. The wife should care for her husband, obey him, and preserve his secrets and his money. See articles 51 and 52 of the Personal Status Law for Muslims (1991). 124 Articles 27-28 of the Personal Status Law for Muslims (1991). 125 Article 51 of the Personal Status Law for Muslims (1991).

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