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Malaysia's National Fatwa Council bans tomboyism
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08:31, October 24, 2008

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Malaysia's National Fatwa Council has ruled that tomboyism, where a girl behaves or dresses in a boyish manner, is forbidden in Islam, Malaysian national news agency Bernama reported on Thursday.

The decision was prompted by recent developments as there had been cases of young women inclined to behave like men and indulge in homosexuality, said Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the council.

Parents must guide their children from indulging in disruptive activities that are against Islamic teachings, he told reporters at a meeting of the council in Kota Baharu, capital of Kelantan State, on Thursday.

The meeting was held to discuss among others social ills confronting Muslims, including the issue of tomboyism, according to Bernama.


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