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The seminary posted the fatwa on its website after a question was posed to it on the issue.
The edict which said that women should not become judges has drawn sharp reaction from various quarters.
"Somebody's qualification should be judged by education and upbringing and not by gender. This is bias," said advocate and women activist Mumtaaz Akhtar.
Contending that the welfare of the community should be kept in mind before issuing such decrees, she said, "A woman understands the plight of another woman better."
"These types of diktats only dishonour the work done by several Muslim women in the field of judiciary", she added.
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