The Uniform Civil Code is a controversial topic in India. The Bill will replace all religion-based laws with a common law for all citizens. The expectation is for the social evils and discriminative laws in religions to go. Indian Muslim men, so far, could commit polygamy and issue instant divorces to their wives. After the Uniform Civil Code becomes law, none of these practices will be legal anymore. While the law brings relief to Muslim women in the country, some sections of the Muslim community view the development as another way to oppress them. The Bill, if implemented effectively, will also end gender-based discrimination in matters of inheritance. Only time will tell if these reforms will also extend to Hindu women.
Pray for the Uniform Civil Code to be transparent, clear, and impartial to all women in the country (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).
The world’s second most populous country, India offers a vast array of languages and cultures. India gave birth to Hinduism but hosts the world’s second-largest Muslim population. For the fourth year in a row, India is in the 2022 World Watch List’s top 10 countries with the worst Christian persecution. There are extraordinary prayer initiatives and networks across India, praying both for India and for the nations of the world.
Mauritania is one of the few countries that still practices slavery. The Haratines or the Black Moors find themselves enslaved despite laws against slavery. Sub-Saharan Africans also find themselves subjected to forced labor or unpaid labor in the country. Women are the worst affected as in any depraved social practice. The laws in Mauritania do not identify sexual assault against women. If women report such crimes, the burden is on the victim to prove the case against a patriarchal-biased prosecution. They will also risk prosecution for adultery if they fail to prove they were victims of sexual criminal activity.
Pray for God’s supernatural intervention in rewriting the country’s criminal laws that deal with violence against women (The Bible, Psalm 7:6).
Pray for God to raise His Children among Mauritania’s strategic economic partners to implement laws against slavery effectively (The Bible, Psalm 103:6).
Mauritania is listed in 20th position in the World Watch report 2023 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania lies on the Atlantic coast of North Africa. The Sahara makes up 90% of Mauritania’s land. The President / the Prime Minister is Mohamed Ould Bilal. Though filled with natural beauty and political peace compared to many of the surrounding countries, Mauritania is one of the poorest Arab nations with social and political problems, including racism, slavery, illiteracy, child marriage and female genital mutilation. The government is intolerant of conversion to Christianity. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), particularly active in the country’s eastern border regions, are the Violent Islamic extremist groups in the country.