Khamis, 10 Mei 2012


Tomboys banned by Malaysian clerics

A fatwa banning Tomboys has been issued by Malaysia's main body of clerics.

The National Fatwa Council has forbidden girls behaving or dressing like boys during a meeting in northern Malaysia, said Harussani Idris Zakaria, the mufti of northern Perak state.
Harussani said an increasing number of Malaysian girls behave like tomboys, and that some of them engage in homosexuality.

Homosexuality is not explicitly banned in Malaysia, but it is effectively illegal under a law that prohibits sex acts 'against the order of nature.'
Harussani said the council's ruling was not legally binding because it has not been passed into law, but that tomboys should be banned because their actions are immoral.
Malays generally follow the council's "fatwas" out of deference, but violators rarely get into trouble unless the edict is incorporated into national or Shariah law.

"It doesn't matter if it's a law or not. When it's wrong, it's wrong. It is a sin," Harussani added. "Tomboy (behavior) is forbidden in Islam."
Under the edict, girls are forbidden to sport short hair and dress, walk and act like boys, Harussani said. Boys should also not act like girls, he added.

Malaysian media have reported on recent incidents of school bullying among girls, which have been caught on film and circulated on the Internet. In one film, some girls are seen beating up another girl in a bathroom.
A well-known Malaysian Muslim actress caused uproar last year when she shaved her head bald for a film. Harussani and other muftis urged Muslims not to watch the movie, arguing that the actress had violated Islam by making herself look like a man.

It was not immediately clear what kind of punishment awaited those who violate the tomboy edict, or "fatwa."

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