Fawzia poses for a picture as she spends her jail term in one of the
tribal elders' house in Paktika province, Afghanistan July 27, 2016. Picture
taken July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Seconds, A Girl Younger Than 15 Gets Married: Save The Children
Oct 12, 2016
under the age of 15 gets married every seven seconds, according to a new report
by the international nonprofit Save the Children.
study presents a "girls' opportunities" index of countries, ranking
nations on a host of criteria, including access to education and the
preponderance of child brides. Nordic countries sit at the top, while
impoverished, fragile states such as the Central African Republic, Niger and
Chad hold up the bottom.
to UNICEF data, more than 700 million girls today were married before their
18th birthday - and one in three of them were married before she turned 15.
They are often forced into these marriages, almost invariably to older men. The
bulk of them live in relatively poor, rural communities in South Asia and parts
of Africa. In many instances, these unions take place in contravention of local
global efforts to combat the enduring practice, Save the Children estimates
that the total number of women married in childhood will grow to 950 million by
2030 and to 1.2 billion by 2050.
a link between statistics on child marriage and a country's faltering
development. And girls who are subject to such marriages often are more
vulnerable to abuse and trafficking, as well as the risk of maternal mortality.
marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights
to learn, develop and be children," Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the chief
executive of Save the Children, said. "Girls who marry too early often
can't attend school, and are more likely to face domestic violence, abuse and
international organisation found that girls are more likely to be forced into
child marriages in conditions of poverty, humanitarian disaster and conflict.
Save the Children pointed to an upswing in girls in Syria being married off as
their families cope with life in the shadow of their country's ruinous civil
war. In Sierra Leone, an Ebola outbreak shut down schools and led to an
estimated 14,000 teenage pregnancies.
number of child brides is particularly high in South Asia, where the population
is large and the practice difficult to stamp out in more impoverished areas.
There remains an entrenched rural-urban divide with regard to the preponderance
of girls being married as children.
incidents of child marriage increase where there is less acess to education.
index compiled by Save the Children, the United States ranks at a rather lowly
32, beneath nations such as Kazakhstan and Algeria. This is largely because of
the country's relatively high rate of teenage pregnancy and slightly higher
rates of maternal mortality compared with those in other developed countries.
harrowing report has emerged from the eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan
unveiling the distressing condition of the Afghan women who are sentenced to
18-year-old woman in Paktika province was forced to serve in a tribal elder’s
home after she was sentenced to jail on charges of elopement and adultery.
woman, Fawzia, told Reuters that she was treated like an animal and kept like a
slave as she was kept in the tribal elder’s home to serve 18-month jail
sentenced awarded by the court.
have suffered, I pray that no woman should ever suffer,” Fawzia told Reuters in
Sharana as she was briefly released from the elder’s house due to an illness.
to the paper, quoting Alim Kohistani, director of Afghanistan’s prison service,
some 850 women are imprisoned in official detention centers in Afghanistan for
crimes ranging from murder to drugs and “moral crimes”.
further added that “There could be thousands of other women kept in unofficial
places across the country in the absence of proper jails.”
our best to help them whenever needed and review their cases on time and make
sure their rights are not violated,” he said.
Kharote, a rights activist in Paktika, said “From sexual abuse to other forms
of unjust and inhumane acts, these women become a tribal elder’s property.”
to a report by Human Rights Watch, some 95 percent of girls and 50 percent of
women imprisoned in Afghanistan were accused of “moral crimes” like running
away from home or “zina” – extramarital relations.
35-year-old woman who was born to a Buddhist mother and Muslim father out of
wedlock is now fighting against having Islamic laws imposed on her in the
Selangor state of Malaysia.
Ibrahim has been locked in a court battle against religious authorities in the
state, which insist she is a Muslim because she was born to a Muslim father.
National Registration Department has refused to change her Muslim name to one
of her choice, saying that it first needed a letter of approval from the
decision comes despite the fact that she had provided evidence that both her
and her mother had never converted to Islam.
mother, who is since deceased, had also provided a statutory declaration
confirming that she never married Rosliza's father, whose whereabouts is
Court of Appeal, Rosliza said that under English common law and substantive
Islamic law, an illegitimate child's natural father has no rights over the
child, and therefore her religion should follow her mother's wishes.
filed a case in the Shah Alam High Court seeking a declaration that Islamic
laws in Selangor do not apply to her and therefore the Shariah courts do not
have jurisdiction over her. The High Court rejected her application in March of
this year, because she did not prove that her parents were not married to each
lawyer, Aston Paiva said: "The High Court did not request for evidence of
this from the appellant during the hearing. She was not given an opportunity to
continued: "A failure by the Malaysian courts to conclusively determine
this dispute would affirm that the religion of Islam can be imposed on the
Buddhist appellant against her will; violating guaranteed Constitutional rights
and human rights in Malaysia."
the Malay Mail a day before the Court of Appeal hearing: "Her
Constitutional right to religious freedom and disposition of property are all
adversely affected. She cannot go to the Shariah court as, by law, she is not
even a Muslim in the first place. Thus there is no question of leaving
October, the three-member panel of the Court of Appeal in overturning the High
Court's decision, ordered that her case be sent back to the Shah Alam High
Court but this time, to be heard in front of a different judge, the Malay Mail
Philip Koh, who is holding a watching brief for the Malaysian Consultative
Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, urged the
court to recognise Rosliza's right to practice the religion of her choice,
has regularly been hit with cases of unilateral conversions of children into
Islam with questions being raised as to whether such conversions are lawful.
been pressure for such children to be allowed to hold on to their original
faith until they can decide for themselves when they reach the age of 18. There
have been several cases when a parent converts to Islam during the dissolution
of the marriage, which effectively forces the children to become Muslims even
though the other spouse has not converted.
debate over Triple Talaq heats up with the Centre telling Supreme Court that
the practice violates fundamental rights, a Muslim women body has gone a step
ahead and demanded a new Muslim Marriage Act on the lines of the Hindu Marriage
Ambar, head of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, threw her weight
behind Centre’s affidavit last week in the apex court that the concept of
Triple Talaq violated fundamental rights. She told News18 that what the
community needed was a new Muslim Marriage Act that should be based on Quranic
principles of marriage while aligned with the law of the land. Ambar said she
had written to the then President of India Pratibha Patil as early as 2009 on
the need for such a law.
Hindu Marriage Act was passed after due deliberations in the Parliament. A
Muslim Marriage Act as defined by Quran, which also has a legislative backing,
is something which will benefit the community as a whole. The act can nullify
polygamy and prohibit Talaq-e-Biddat (Triple Talaq),” she said.
also rubbished criticism from conservative circles that she was a pawn at the
hands of BJP and RSS. “The people who are accusing us of being linked to RSS
and BJP are not realizing that it is them who are trying to hide behind their
disability and incompetence,” she said.
suggestion for a new Act was rubbished by the All India Muslim Personal Law
Board (AIMPLB), a co-litigant in the Triple Talaq case that has been arguing
that it is part of Sharia law and is as inevitable part of Islam.
member Zafaryab Jilani said Ambar’s demand was “illusory” in nature. “If the
act prohibits polygamy, then how can it be based on the Quran? Moreover, there
are varied sects of Muslims in India…how will the law take into account Shia,
Sunnis, Ahle Hadees, Hanafi, Hanbali, etc?” he asked.
into the complexity of the issue, Jilani said the Ahle Hadees sect considered
Triple Talaq as one Talaq, whereas the Hanafis considered them as three
separate Talaqs. “How will you ever achieve any harmony? This will be a clear
violation of our personal laws. The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application
Act, 1937 gives Muslims the right to contract marriages and divorces according
to the personal laws. What is the need to re-think all of this again?” he
Centre’s affidavit last week in the apex court that the concept of Triple Talaq
violated fundamental rights, Jilani said the SC itself had laid down in the
Madhu Kishwar’s judgment that it has no right to interfere in the personal laws
of a community under Article 25 of the Constitution. He said AIMPLB would only
attempt to ‘remind’ the court of its earlier stance.
suggested that the Centre hold a referendum on Triple Talaq. “Ninety per cent
of all Muslim women supports Shariat. The Union government can hold a vote on
the issue of triple talaq, and see for itself,” he said.
of Triple Talaq, issue of alimony, and the idea of a uniform civil code have
been three issues that has been doing politic-legal rounds for decades. While
the Triple Talaq issue got a fresh lease of life with the Centre’s affidavit
last week, the civil code also came into limelight when the Law Commission put
out a questionnaire seeking public comments on the topic.
demand for a new Marriage Act received support from unexpected corners like the
Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political outfit of Popular Front
of India (PFI), known for its conservative views. Advocate Sharifuddin Ahmed,
UP President of SDPI, told News18 that marriage is essentially a contract and
every woman can state her intent in the contract itself. “A woman should never
give approval for a marriage until these issues are sorted out,” he said.
Siddiqui, chief of UP-based All India Muslim Majlis, felt that Muslim women
have approached the ‘wrong forum’ to settle their disputes. “This entire
‘tamasha’ is happening at the behest of the ruling government who is gearing up
for the next year UP elections. If one believes in Islam, then such disputes
would have never arisen,” he said.
views – in line with AIMPLB and other conservative outfits – were echoed by
Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General, Jamaat-E-Islami Hind.
sole issue of Triple Talaq has been hyped by the present government to create
an atmosphere for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code. This entire
issue has been created to ignite polarization among the communities. We all
know that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hatching a conspiracy here to bring
it all up so that a stage for the Uniform Civil Code could be set up. If the
government is so worried then what is being done for the people who were
lynched at Dadri, or the women who were beaten up for allegedly carrying beef,
or the slain Ehsan Jafri?” he asked.
rubbished allegations that she was acting at the behest of the Centre or any
political outfit. She said she was being targeted by the conservative elements
for demanding “authentic Islamic justice” which “makes them uncomfortable.”
televangelist in Nigeria has donated around £12,000 (5 million Nigerian naira)
to a Muslim acid attack victim in India after hearing about her case.
Joshua Iginla, Senior Pastor at Champions Royal Assembly in Kubwa, donated the
funds 26-year-old Jamila Yusuf (pictured above) who was allegedly bathed with
acid by her partner.
on his Facebook page, the pastor, who has never met the survivor, said: "I
am not doing this for her because she is a member of my Church; I don't know
her from anywhere; she's even a Muslim by religion!
are only doing this to preach love and not to convert her to Christianity,
after her surgery in India, if she decides to remain a Muslim so be it."
Christian leader has also encouraged parishioners to donate towards the cause
as the cost of surgery is expected to be more than his denotation.
to his almost 700,000 followers: "This is an opportunity to show love to
your neighbour because she's not a Christian; your neighbour must not necessarily
come from your religion or ethnic group."
pastor, based in the capital, Abuja, said Jamila Yusuf had suffered chemical
burns and would have to have surgery.
Joshua Iginla announced the donation for Ms Yusaf's surgery at a church service.
majority of Indias may be unfamiliar with the word 'wushu', but students of one
girls' school in Hyderabad are big fans of it. A form of martial arts that
reportedly originated in China in 1949, wushu combines 'elements of performance
and martial application', according to this article.
school in Hyderabad embraced this form of martial arts to teach girls self
defence. And of all the practitioners of this sport in the school, 14-year-old
Fareeha Tafim is perhaps the most successful. After winning the state
championships, Fareeha was selected to participate in the national
championships this year. The nationals were to be held in Assam.
Assam seemed too far away and Fareeha's mother wasn't ready to let her go as
yet. Her mother told her, "You are a young girl and it is dangerous
outside." She also believed that if Fareeha doesn't don the veil--which
she couldn't during the competition--she will be called 'shameless' by the
community and immediate acquaintances. After all, not only will she be showing
her face, she will be doing it in front of thousands of people.
into somebody's personal life is not 'allowed'
in India. But there are certainly some examples in recent history where
celebrated and powerful persons do it and walk without facing trials even if
the matter reaches Supreme Court. In one
such case, the accused was a two term CM of a State which was advertised to be
a "Model" in growth achievement under his tenure. This man got the parents hooked 'properly'
and they submitted an affidavit (not in fear or under pressure from anybody,
naturally) in the Supreme Court stating
that pursuing the case will damage the reputation of the girl and their family
and hence the case may please be closed.
Surprisingly, the Supreme Court allowed the closure of the case without
looking into the merits or demerits of it.
The same SC later heroically upheld that "even if the accused
undergoing trial in a rape case give an assurance to marry the victim and the
victim approves of it, case cannot be concluded in acquittal of the accused and
he will have to go through the trial and be punished as per the law of the
country. If the rape accused was a
powerful two term CM representing a party that believes in terrorizing their
opponents through physical high handedness perhaps the SC would have allowed
him to marry the rape victim and close the case. Snooping by powerful politicians are approved
in India, legally.
Fareeha was raring to go, tradition and orthodoxy nearly held her back.
point, the teen's mother and brother even told her that she was bringing
dishonour to the family. However, Fareeha was not alone in this fight. With
unwavering support from her father, not only did she travel all the way to
Guwahati, she also won the national championships.
is the subject of London-based filmmaker Jayisha Patel's documentary India's
Wushu Warrior Girl. Patel's documentary was made for Al Jazeera English's
documentary strand, Witness, that focuses on stories and events that go
who has been making films on women in India for a while now, tells HuffPost
India why she thought Fareeha's story needs to be told. She says, "It is
an important issue. What struck me was that for her age, she was very forward
thinking. Also the conservative community she lives in and to have that sort of
for thinking and the determination is absolutely amazing."
further adds that the principal of the school must be given due credit. Not
only did he familiarise himself with this niche sport he also encouraged the girls
to take it up and supported them in their pursuit of excellence in the sport.
Jenner Accused Of Cultural Appropriation For Wearing Burqa As Disguise
Jenner has been accused of cultural appropriation for wearing a burqa as a
disguise from the paparazzi.
visiting Dubai with DJ Neptune who posted a picture to his Instagram account.
media users denounced the model's use of the garment.
burqa is traditionally worn by Muslim women for modesty.
Twitter user wrote: "I wish my hijab helped me go undercover at 14 when a
stranger told me I was oppressed and I had trouble with my identity."
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