Riyadh, May 12: Five Kuwaiti lawmakers are reportedly pushing for preventing women from becoming judges.
The MPs said in their proposal to the parliament that a law should be amended to specify that judges should be only men.
The current law of the country states that judges in Kuwait have to be Muslims, but does not refer to their gender.
According to Arabic daily Al Rai, the MPs said that they are ‘concerned that the law article as it stands now allows women to become judges, and that this is a matter of grave reservation and doubts.’
Several Islamists oppose allowing women to become judges, saying that their decisions can be clouded by their strong emotions, The Gulf News reports.
Local activists, however, have called for the appointment of women to the judiciary, arguing that neither Islam nor Kuwaiti law barred women from being appointed judges. (ANI)