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Weak policing track record suggests problems for Kelantan compulsory Friday prayer plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 — A Muslim women’s rights group today questioned how Kelantan plans to enforce compulsory attendance of Friday prayers when the state has not been able ensure child maintenance payments in divorce cases.

Sisters in Islam (SIS), which provides legal counselling for Muslim women in marriage and divorce matters, also said the PAS state government’s plan to enforce a by-law to fine and imprison Muslim men who do not perform their Friday prayers three consecutive times reflects further encroachment of the state into private lives.

“Based on the experiences of our clients, state religious departments have perennial problems enforcing the non-payment of child maintenance,” SIS programme manager Suri Kempe told Malay Mail Online today.
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