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Indian-Malaysian loses bid to be Islamic lawyer

Indian-Malaysian loses bid to be Islamic lawyer

An ethnic Indian lawyer has lost a court battle to practice Shariah law in Malaysia because she is not a Muslim.
The suit by 49-year-old Victoria Jayaseele Martin was the first challenge against a Shariah court in this predominantly Muslim nation, where ethnic minorities have long complained their legal rights are being trampled on.
Islamic authorities have said only Muslims should be accepted as Shariah lawyers to prevent confusion and protect the sanctity of Islam.
Victoria says the High Court ruled Thursday that the Islamic court's decision was constitutional. She said she would appeal the verdict. Malaysia has a two-tier court system for family matters _ secular courts for non-Muslims and Shariah courts for Muslims.