India: Sharia Courts Have No Legally Binding Powers
India's Supreme Court has ruled Sharia courts and fatwas have no legal power over the country's Muslims.
The top court said Monday Islamic judges who interpret religious law could only rule when individuals submitted voluntarily to them, but the judges' decisions, or fatwas, are not legally binding.
The Supreme Court said no religion is allowed to curb anyone's fundamental rights.
The court's ruling was given on a petition to disband Sharia courts.
A lawyer filed the petition in 2005, citing the case of a woman who was ordered by a Sharia court to leave her husband and children to live with her father-in-law who had allegedly raped her.
Hamas Vows Revenge for Deadly Israeli Airstrikes
The militant group Hamas says seven of its fighters have been killed by a series of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
A Hamas statement Monday said four people were also injured, and vowed that Israel would "pay a tremendous price" for the attacks.
The Israeli military said it carried out airstrikes overnight in response to what it said were 25 rockets fired by militants in Gaza into Israel. It also reported clashes early Monday after security forces were attacked near a security fence in Gaza.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated appeals for calm, and vowed to not allow extremists from either side to "set the region on fire and bring a new wave of bloodshed."
Israeli-Palestinian tensions have increased in recent weeks following the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers and that of a Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and burned to death in an apparent act of revenge.