Saudi clerics endorse ban on female cashiers

November 2nd, 2010 - 2:19 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Riyadh Nov 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) One of the powerful Islamic board of clerics have ruled that a fatwa, which bans women from being cashiers is right and as a result they endorse it. The country’s strict sex segregation forbids women from seeking jobs that will likely make them encounter men.

The ruling came on Sunday and it is seen as an endorsement of the call to boycott supermarkets that employ female cashiers in the country. A conservative preacher called for the boycott in August and was reprimanded. The Saudi government has placed restrictions on fatwas in the country.

Saudi Arabia which is a historic Islamic state wants to change some of its laws to reflect the modern trends in the world. That crusade is led by Saudi King Abdullah who is determined to change some of the country’s traditions to ensure that the country move with times.

However that is not exactly what most religious leaders in the country believe. Most of the country’s leading scholars who are also part of the day-to-day running of the country with the King have publicly disagreed with the King.

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