Keep in mind these are state-sanctioned sharia courts.
Via Daily Mail:
Sharia courts administering Islamic justice in Britain are run by clerics who believe some offenders should have their hands chopped off, an investigation has found.
Muslim scholar Elham Manea said that some clerics also believe girls can be married at the age of 12 and described their prevailing attitude as ‘totalitarian’ and more backward than some parts of Pakistan.
The findings from the human rights specialist come amid continuing controversy over the role of sharia courts, which rule in family and inheritance disputes between Muslims who agree to be bound by the decisions. There are thought to be around 85 operating in Britain.
Last December, Home Secretary Theresa May set up an independent review into their role, amid fears that they discriminate against women.
Professor Manea, who is based at Zurich University, spent four years speaking to clerics at sharia courts in London and the Midlands. Her book on the project concludes that the courts represent ‘closed communities’.
Her findings, published by The Sunday Times, said that they increase ‘segregation, inequality and discrimination’ and can encourage ‘political instability and home-grown terrorism’.
The verdict was strongly disputed by the Muslim Council of Britain, which said it was committed to ensuring sharia courts treat parties with respect and fairness and that they apply ‘rules of natural justice’.
Professor Manea gave examples of incidents involving British sharia courts – which included that of a young woman forced to marry her cousin in Pakistan, who was subsequently raped on their wedding night. The woman appealed to a tribunal in Britain – which found that since she was married there could be no rape.
The professor quoted one cleric saying that ‘puberty is the right age’ for a girl to marry, and that 12 and 13-year-old girls are ‘more or less fully–fledged women’. Another was reported saying ‘a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife because this is something between them’.