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deobandIslamic seminary, Darul Uloom of Deoband had issued a fatwa against the sex-selective abortions of female foetuses calling the act “unlawful” and “against islam”.

“It’s a first fatwa against sex-selective abortions,” Deoband spokesperson Maulana Ashraf Usmani said in a statement.

“The act is against Islam and there is no grace in the eye of Allah for those doing it,” he added.

The seminary took into account individual queries and media reports on the declining sex ratio among Muslims before issuing the decree.

We appeal to Muslims to refrain from any act which discriminates the girl  child. Our Vice-chancellor has termed sex-selective abortions cold-bloodedmurders,” Usmani said.

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