Sharia law at working as ‘shadow legal system’ in Oz to promote polygamy, underage marriages

Canberra, July 20: The Sharia law has become a 'shadow legal system' within Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under the country's legal systems.

According to new research conducted by legal academics Ann Black and Kerrie Sadiq, a system of "legal pluralism" based on sharia law "abounds" in modern Australia, with religious ceremonies validating multiple wives or even underage ones.

According to the research, some Australian Muslims have been complying with the shadow system of religious law as well as mainstream law, reports.

The research, which will be published next week, says that the wider community has been "oblivious to the legal pluralism that abounds in this country".

Sharia is based on Muslim teachings in the Koran but is open to interpretation by different religious leaders.

It has potential cultural conflicts with Australian law over points including alcohol, marriage and charging of interest on loans.

While there has been a push to adopt sharia here the Attorney General says existing laws win out.

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