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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Muslim Scholars Warn Against Fetus Sex Tests - India


LUCKNOW, India - Two Islamic organisations in India have issued edicts against sex determination tests and the killing of female foetuses.

The edicts, or fatwas, came after a census showed a skewed gender balance which experts said was because of the widespread aborting of female foetuses.

The organisations, both based in the northern city of Lucknow and among five institutions in India empowered to issue fatwas said sex determination tests such as those done through ultra-sound technology, were against the spirit of Islam.

"Except for medical reasons pertaining to congenital diseases which could prove to be fatal for the child or the mother, Islam bans tests meant for knowing about the foetus," Maulana Mehmood Hasan Hasni, head of the fatwa department of the Darul Uloom Nadwa tul Ulema said.


"Islam preaches equality between men and women and those indulging in female foeticide are commiting murder," Maulana Khalid Rasheed, deputy chief cleric who signed the edict, told Reuters on Wednesday.

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