(By Ofori Silas) It is victory at last for Muslim women and Human rights groups in Tunisia as the government of that country has responded positively to campaigns for the abolition of the law forbidding Muslim women from getting married to non Muslim men.
According to BBC reports, spokeswoman of President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia disclosed the decision of government overturning the 1973 discriminatory law which allowed their male counter part to marry across religious divide with providing any religious document indicating conversion to the proposed wife’s religion.
With the new initiative, a Tunisian non-Muslim man desiring to take the hand of a Tunisian Muslim woman in marriage will no longer have to convert to Islam and provide a document in support as demanded by the marriage restriction decree of 1973.
BBC recalls that, during the Tunisian Women’s Day in August, President Essebsi, who has not hidden his desire to lift the marriage restriction had insisted that the law was “an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse”, as well as a violation of their constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.
With this development, Tunisia has become the first North African country to allow intermarriages across religious divides in spite of the preponderant population of Muslims, a handful of Christians and some Jewish population there.