A senior Muslim cleric has been condemned by police and other Muslim leaders for claiming that there is no such thing as rape within marriage.
Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, sparked outrage when he said he believed that men who rape their wives should not be prosecuted because ‘sex is part of marriage’.
He further claimed, during an interview with the blog The Samosa, that many married women who made accusations of rape were lying.
His comments have caused fury among senior police officers, who already face great difficulties in getting women to report rape – a crime that all too often goes under-reported.
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