Getting married is stressful and I hear divorces are absolute hell. Both involve dealing with legal gobbledygook, photographers, wedding hall people, cake people and, worst of all: two families. That last bit practically killed Romeo and Juliet. And as if that's not enough to make you stab yourself in the heart, you also have to deal with black magic. What a pain!
As an example, Mahyuddin cited the case of a woman who had sought divorce because she was not in a ‘rational thinking mode’ when she married her husband, whom she claimed had ‘charmed’ her into marrying him.I know several single people who question if anyone is in 'rational thinking mode' when getting married. Still, when you're a woman living in a Muslim dominated country like Malaysia, going to a witch doctor to get proof of witchcraft could be your best bet if your husband is unwilling to allow you to leave.
The wife only realised that the husband had used black magic to marry her after her mother had taken her to a witch doctor, who had later healed her.
You've got to convince some Sharia court that your husband is either impotent or is abusing your somehow -- and even then, it's got to be a rough situation. Apparently, back in 2011, one woman tried to make the whole witchcraft argument but didn't get an annulment because the judge didn't take sorcery into account. Maybe he thought it was all a load of hooey.
However, he said the same argument could not be used to grant divorce to Yani Yuhana Mohd Zambri who had sought the Syariah Court to end her marriage to Pakistani, Muhammad Kamran Babar Nazir Khan on June 2011.According to Dr Mahyuddin Ismail from the Committee for Advanced Studies in Witchcraft Law, judges like this ought to be following his university's new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to combat the use of witchcraft. I wrote about this earlier. It was the result of a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Universiti Malaysia Pahang and cost taxpayers $65,000 CDN.
“Many times, judges are often at crossroads – should they use the claims of black magic and withcraft or simply reject them. That is what the SOP aims to address,” he added.
The committee’s chairman, Dr Mahyuddin Ismail said the claims of black magic and withcraft were often brought to the Syariah Courts when couples seek divorce.This would insert another layer of law -- based, apparently on Sharia law -- on top of their existing laws which take actual crimes into account rather than superstitious nonsense. The goal, it would seem, is to begin prosecuting and punishing people using laws based entirely on hysteria inducing immaterial metaphysical beliefs.
“But, since there is no legal provision or procedure to consider the use of black magic and witchcraft in marriages and divorces, such claims are often dismissed,” he said in an exclusive interview with Astro AWANI.
“The SOP is to address this issue,” he said.
Notice that this is not a procedure to combat belief in witchcraft. It is apparent that everyone, including the police and the university researchers in the country firmly believe in sorcery. So, now dreadful processes are being devised to fight a non-existent enemy. We all know where that lead Europe.
What a bold step back into the middle ages -- all thanks to blind superstition.