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Chechnya Says Couples Must Be HIV-Negative To Marry

"And did you bring the certificate?"
The spiritual leaders of Muslim Chechnya have ordered that all couples who plan to marry prove they are HIV-negative.

The Chechen mufti's press service said in a statement this week that "any potential bride or groom is obliged to receive a medical certificate."

The mufti's orders have no legal weight but are generally followed because he is a respected spiritual leader and because of his ties to Chechnya's pro-Moscow leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

The order comes after the mufti and other spiritual heads demanded last year a total shutdown of all eateries during the holy month of Ramadan and ordered bands of armed men to harass women who did not wear head scarves.

compiled from Reuters reports