More Muslim women seeking divorce because of abuse, SIS reveals

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 ― More Muslim women are initiating divorce from their husbands due to domestic violence, according to cases handled by Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal service.

Telenisa, a free legal service by the Muslim women’s rights group for both women and men, said almost half of the divorce cases it handled last year were “fasakh”, a method of divorce which is initiated by the wife.

According to Telenisa, 62 of its clients (47 per cent) sought “fasakh” last year, up from 27 clients in 2015. A total of 66 clients sought “fasakh” in 2014.

“Fasakh” has become the most opted type of divorce application by women as they generally become more aware of their rights within marriage.

“Consistently high numbers of domestic violence cases reported in our Telenisa statistics also show ‘fasakh’ as the most obvious type of divorce to institute,” the Telenisa team told Malay Mail Online in an interview. Read more

Sarawak CM announces RM2m fund for abused wives

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Nov 5 ― Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today announced an RM2 million fund for battered women to file for divorce from their abusive husbands.

“The fund is for the women to go to the lawyers to seek justice from the court against their (abusive) husbands,” he said at the launch of the state level Women’s Day celebration at the Indoor Stadium here today.

He said the fund will help women to divorce their abusive husbands and seek maintenance for themselves and their children.

“The time has come for us to put a stop to men abusing their wives,” Adenan said, adding that he would increase the amount of the fund if it was not enough.

He noted that there have been growing cases of domestic violence against women in Sarawak over the past years.

“I am very concerned about the increasing cases of abuses against women,” he said. Read more