An imam from the mosque in Stockholm was dismissed after he was recorded giving advice to women that is against Swedish law. Foto: Hasse Holmberg / Scanpix
Religious leaders filmed advising woman not to report abuse

Advice at mosques defies Swedish laws

Two women sent with hidden cameras for the Swedish Television News series Uppdrag Granskning found that religious representatives at six out of Sweden’s ten largest mosques give out advice that contradicts the law.

One of the women working for the investigative television program presented herself at the ten mosques as a woman who had been abused by her husband, and was forced to consent to sexual intercourse with him against her will. She also said her husband had more than one wife.

The advice she received at six out of the ten mosques was to refrain from reporting her husband to the police.

All but one of the mosques told the woman that her husband, being a man, had the right to more than one wife, even though Swedish law forbids polygamy.

The imam who advised the woman at the mosque in the capital of Stockholm suggested she show her husband more love so that he might stop abusing her.

When questioned by Swedish Television News’ reporter Janne Josefsson on the matter, the Islamic organization in Uppsala claimed that all advice given out by imams and family advisors in mosques is in accordance with Swedish law.

The Islamic organization in Stockholm immediately dismissed the imam after he was shown on television advising the woman to be more loving to her abusive husband. According to Swedish National Television, the organization will now start an investigation into the advice given out in mosques.

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