If veteran feminist, doctor, and sociologist Nawal Saadawi is tried under hisba, she and her husband of 37 years could be forcibly divorced. Hisba is a concept in ancient Islamic law that allows citizens to police fellow citizens for religious righteousness.
Saadawi has been viewed as an agitator by Muslim fundamentalist throughout her 30 years of activism, but discontent with the activist came to a head when lawyer Nabih Wahsh filed suit against her.
Wahsh alleges that Saadawi “advised people not to wear the veil and “not to pray,” in a March interview with a local newspaper. Saadawi equated the practice of kissing Mauhammad’s Mecca stone to idolatry in an article printed by the Al Midan newspaper
In 1996 the first modern-day hisbu case was tried against Nasr abu Zeid. The Arabic literature professor was charged with being an apostate, one who abandons his or her religious beliefs. Zeid and his wife escaped authorities before sentencing could be imposed and their marriage could be rescinded.
Saadawi has spoken out against male domination and female sexual repression, as author of “The Hidden Faces of Eve” and 39 other books considered “unmentionable” by the ruling class.
If convicted of being an apostate or one who renounces his or her religion Saadawi claims that she and her husband will not separate and she will continue her promotion of women’s rights.
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times - June 27, 2001
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .