woman screams anti-Muslim remarks at another woman wearing a headscarf on a
Unleashes Anti-Muslim Tirade on NYC Bus
Vow To Defy Men Who Banned Their Vote In Pakistan Village
Heads Of Household In Iran, 16% Are Under 20
Sikh Girl Alleges Forcible Conversion to Islam
Court to Begin Nikah Halala and Polygamy Hearing From July 20
Coelho Thanks Malala As She Advocates For Education
Celebrates 1st Arab Female Football Expert
Percent of Saudi Jobseekers Are Women: Gastat Survey
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Muslim girl raised by Hindus gets perfect nikah
Shabnam Shaikh’s tryst with tragedy began when she was just five. At this
tender age, this girl in coastal town of Veraval lost her mother.
father Kamruddin Shaikh, a truck driver, was clueless about her upbringing. But
she soon started getting the love of parents from her father’s friend Meraman
Jora, also a truck driver.
got all the happiness and freedom to follow her religion while growing up in
this Hindu household. When she turned 14, another tragedy struck when her
father suddenly left the town never to return again. But happy days are back
for Shabnam, now 20, as Jora family got her married to a Muslim man few days
who have two sons and a daughter, have scripted a touching tale of Hindu-Muslim
harmony in this town where clashes between the two communities were common till
few years ago. They got Shabnam married according to both Hindu and Muslim
rituals. ”We raised Shabnam like our daughter. We gave her all the freedom to
follow her religion and language. She also learnt the Quran and regularly
offered namaaz and celebrated Hindu festivals with equal joy as hers,” Jora
however, got worried about Shabnam’s future when she turned 20. He had no idea
about the whereabouts of her father, who had left in 2012 saying that he was
going to Ahmedabad. Jora then approached some local Muslim leaders and found a
suitable Muslim boy named Abbas, a resident of Talala taluka’s Javantri
village, who drives an auto rickshaw. He wanted to perform Shabnam’s
‘kanyadaan’ according to the Hindu rituals and the nikah was to be performed as
per Muslim rituals.
it was decided that the marriage will be performed following rituals of both
religions,” he said.
son Gopal said, “We have always considered Shabnam as our family member. Her
in-laws also agreed to our proposal of performing the marriage according to
both rituals.” The marriage began mehndi and the traditional Ganesh puja. The
nikah was performed in the presence of Muslim cleric. Shabnam said, “I grew up
in a Hindu family where I have received more love and affection than in my own
family. I got all the freedom. I consider them to be my rightful parents.”
local Muslim leader, Hasam Mushagra, said, “This is the biggest example of
Hindu-Muslim unity. Followers from both the religions should learn from this
unleashes anti-Muslim tirade on NYC bus
woman was captured on video unleashing an anti-Muslim tirade on a city bus
traveling from Brooklyn to Staten Island — mocking another woman wearing a
headscarf and telling her that “ICE is here for you.”
aggressor, who identifies herself as Ashley, is captured on cell phone video
yelling at the woman after an apparent dispute, according to footage posted on
you see the sign, you f–king speak English?” the woman says before looking
toward the camera and addressing the individual taking the video.
getting into a fight with some Muslim chick because she has an attitude because
she thinks she has rights that she doesn’t have.”
then continues to mock the fellow passenger, claiming that “immigration’s at
wait is that ICE? They’re here for you.” Ashley says to the woman,
PUR: Men banned women from voting in the village of Mohri Pur sometime around
1947, and they have obeyed ever since - until this year, when changes to
Pakistan's election laws and women's attitudes could shift the dynamic.
least, that is the hope of many women meeting beneath a Jambolan tree in the
village some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the central Pakistan city of Multan,
its shade protecting them from the blazing sun.
the men watching angrily as the women speak to AFP reporters will allow them to
follow through when the nation goes to the polls on July 25 is another
perhaps think that women are stupid... or there is an issue of honour for
them," says 31-year-old Nazia Tabbasum.
elders banned women from voting decades ago, claiming that visiting a public
polling station would "dishonour" them.
"honour" describes a patriarchal code across South Asia that often
seeks to justify the murder and oppression of women who defy conservative
traditions by acts such as choosing their own husband, or working outside the
don't know where their honour goes to sleep while they lie down at home... as
their women work in the fields," Tabbasum adds, scathingly.
the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared that at least 10 percent
of voters in each constituency must be women, otherwise its results will be
20 million new voters have been registered in the rapidly growing country,
including 9.13 million women, the commission says.
is another step in women's long battle for rights in Pakistan, a deeply
patriarchal country of some 207 million people - though it does little to
address the gender imbalance of the 2013 elections, in which male registered
voters outnumbered female by some 11 million.
shift also sets the stage for a stand-off in conservative rural areas, like
Fear of violence
main reason is that these are the areas where women are not allowed to even
come out of the house," says Farzana Bari, a gender expert and rights
ECP's rule change should improve things - though Bari warned that within each
constituency there could yet be pockets where women are prevented from voting.
is plenty of precedent: in 2015 men stopped women from voting in a local poll
in Lower Dir, in the northwest. The ECP promptly cancelled the result.
2013 a court ordered the arrest of male elders in two other northwestern
districts over banning female votes in the previous general elections.
Mohri Pur, located in Punjab province, women do work outside the home and some
receive education, yet the vote ban holds.
of the younger women under the Jambolan tree are eager to exercise their rights
- but not all.
Nazeeran Mai, 60, says it is not "custom" for women to vote.
"(T)here is no one to stop me, but still I don't vote because nobody else
does," she says.
fear violent reprisals.
they go to vote alone, there will be violence and unrest, the men will abuse
and beat them, so it's better not to go," explains 22-year-old Shumaila
Majeed - though she remained determined to get as many women to the polls
Mohri Pur's lone female councillor Irshad Bibi - elected under laws stipulating
at least one woman on every village council - has never voted.
asked why, she calls on her husband to speak for her.
elders had set up this custom... We stand by this today," the husband,
Zafar Iqbal, tells AFP.
any civilised democracy, half the population ought not be
disenfranchised," says newspaper columnist Hajrah Mumtaz.
local politicians say they are helpless.
can't break their tradition... the people of this village have to decide when
they will allow women to vote," says Raza Hayat Hiraj from the Pakistan
Noor, a member of the district council who arranged the meeting under the
Jambolan tree, says the men are stubborn.
been trying since 2001 but nobody listens to me," she says. "In 2005,
men told me their women don't want to vote so I should not force them."
attempt in 2013 also failed.
determination Noor hears from the village women now gives her a glimmer of hope
- but progress is fragile.
2015, one woman, Fouzia Talib, became the only one in Mohri Pur to vote in
local elections. She was ostracised.
she is unsure if voting on July 25 for politicians she believes will do little
for the area is worth the backlash.
will see," she tells AFP.
heads of household in Iran have become younger. This was disclosed by Zohreh
Ashtiani, a women’s rights activist and secretary of the Family Faction of the
mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), in an interview with the state-run Shahrvand
newspaper on July 10, 2018.
said, “16% of women heads of household in Iran are under 20 years of age.”
stressed that this figure only accounts for those heads of household “who have
been identified or have introduced themselves to support centers.”
to the statistics announced by the Welfare Organization and the Relief
Committee, she said, about 3 million and 100 women heads of household in Iran
have been identified, from which 500,000 (or 16%) are under 20 years of age.
Welfare Organization has also declared that the number of women heads of
household in Iran has increased by 60,300 every year in the past ten years.
This has amounted to a cumulative surge in the total number of women heads of
household in Iran which was 9.5% of the total population in the Persian year
1380 (March 2001-March 2002) but reached 12.1% ten years later in the Persian
Ashtiani added that poverty is the main reason for escalation of the number of
these women, including those under 20 years of age.
drives the head of household towards addiction and when the husband is in jail
or just at home (due to addiction), the woman has to undertake the
responsibility (of heading and running the family). In other cases, poverty
leads to divorce especially among younger women which in turn leads to more
young women heads of household.”
into account the number of compulsory marriages of girls under 15 and the high
percentage of divorce among them, helps us gain a better picture of the
to the situation of women heads of household in Iran, Ashtiani said, “If we
cannot reign in this situation and provide proper support for the women heads
of household, we cannot prevent them from joining the cycle of social ailments…
The drastic fall in the age of women heads of household in Iran is itself a
serious problem because they cannot endure undesirable conditions, and rapidly
enter the cycle, sooner than others, to provide the basic necessities of their
lives under the poverty line.”
added, “The issue of women heads of household in Iran has been on the table for
more than 35 years without being heeded.”
Ashtiani also revealed that “there was a 39% cut in the budget allocated to
women heads of household in this year’s budget (Iranian fiscal year 1397),
while the budget of some other so-called cultural agencies has doubled or
remained the same.” (The state-run Shahrvand daily - July 10, 2018)
one example of such cultural activities requiring exorbitant expenditures, is
the Week of Chastity and Veil which has been launched in all 31 Iranian
provinces from July 10 until July 16, 2018.
Kashmiri Sikh girl hailing from Gandhpora hamlet of Jammu and Kashmir's Tral
district has alleged that several students from Islamic University of Science
and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, are forcing her to convert to Islam.
a viral video, the girl has said that two boys and a girl studying electrical
engineering have been harassing her.
family has also alleged that two boys riding a motorcycle stabbed her on July 2
when she was going to college. Her family had lodged an FIR with Tral police
to police sources, the investigations into the case are still going on.
per the complaint, she was asked by the IUST students to offer namaz and cover
her head. But when she refused to do the same, she was threatened.
primary investigations into the case have revealed a possible link between the
attack and the threats she received at her college.
the IUST management has denied the allegations and described it as an attempt
to disturb the harmonious atmosphere in the campus. A statement read that a
committee was set up in June when the girl's father approached the university
Vice-Chancellor after which the enquiry was done.
to the IUST management, on the request of the girl's family and taking her
security in consideration, a bus service facility from the campus to her home
was arranged and she was also offered a varisty hostel accommodation.
university officials said that they are fully cooperating with local police for
ongoing investigations, but denied any injustice or force being meted out to
the students from the minority community.
the J&K Gurduwara Prabandh Committee and various Kashmir-based Sikh
delegations have demanded speedy investigations into the case and even appealed
the state administration as well as the Hurriyat leaders to ensure justice to
have termed such incident as unfortunate aimed at deliberately vitiating the
peaceful relations between Sikhs and Muslims in the valley.
our politicians, our intelligentsia, our so-called champions of human rights
& separatists maintaining criminal silence over the alleged attack on Sikh
girl in South Kashmir. People at the helm of affairs in J&K should bear in
mind that the state should be compared to a huge ship cruising through
turbulent waters to a golden destination. For this voyage, every section of the
Society must be galvanized together firmly as one section. One little crack
i.e. a disgruntled minority can force the huge ship to halt in the midst of the
deep till the crack is repaired. Hence, the protection of the rights of
minorities is sine qua non for a healthy democracy," Srinagar-based
activist Raminder Jit Singh wrote on Facebook.
Delhi: After triple talaq, another landmark hearing on Muslim personal law
dealing with Nikah Halala and polygamy is all set start in Supreme Court from
July 20, News18 has learnt.
has learnt that a petition filed by Farzana through Advocate Vivek Narayan
Sharma has been listed for hearing on July 20. This is one among several other
petitions in the top court demanding to scrap these "Muslim Personal law
of the petitioners in the case, Sameena Begum, had prayed for an urgent listing
of the matter on July 2. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submissions of senior
advocate V Shekhar that the petitions be listed before a five-judge
constitution bench for final adjudication. "We will look into it,"
the bench had said.
lawyers had alleged that she was threatened and asked to withdraw her petition.
bench, meanwhile, allowed Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing
for the Centre, to file a response to the petition on the issue.
eyes would be now on the Centre while it files its affidavit in the matter.
had earlier reported that Centre has decided to reiterate its stand taken
during the triple talaq case and oppose the practice as an attack on gender
justice and equality.
reply filed by the government during the triple talaq case had stated that “the
fact that Muslim countries where Islam is the state religion have undergone
extensive reform goes to establish that the practices in question cannot be
regarded as integral to the practice of Islam or essential religious
government had also expressed its stand on polygamy and had cited how other
countries have regulated their laws on polygamy and divorce.
is extremely significant to note that a large number of Muslim countries or
countries with an overwhelmingly large Muslim population where Islam is the
state religion have undertaken reforms in this area and have regulated divorce
law and polygamy,” said the affidavit filed by the government during the
Shayara Bano case.
March this year, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising CJI Dipak
Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and Chandrachud was hearing a batch of
petitions challenging the practices of polygamy and Nikah Halala.
petitions were filed by BJP leader Aswini Updahyay, Sameera Begum, Nafeesa
Begum and Moullim Mohsin Bin Hussain Bin Abdad Al Kathiri.
his petition, Upadhyay prayed that Section 2 of the Muslim Personal Law
(Shariat) Application Act be declared unconstitutional and violative of
Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution, “in so far as it seeks to recognise
and validate the practice of polygamy and Nikah Halala”.
has sought a declaration that provisions of the Indian Penal Code are
applicable on all Indian citizens and triple talaq is a “cruelty” under Section
498A of the IPC, Nikah Halala is “rape” under Section 375 and polygamy is an
offence under Section 494 of the IPC.
Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel
Prize laureate, made her first visit to Brazil as she tours for education
intends to advocate for the increase in education spending after the Brazilian
government froze federal spending to reduce public debt.
also expects for about 1.5 million girls to return to school, especially the
ones belonging to the minorities and are comparatively less privileged in terms
of literacy and secondary school completion.
her visit, she said in a tweet, "Girls should tell their leaders what they
need to achieve their goals and continue to use their voices until they are
heard. Never give up. "
her visit to Brazil, the renowned author, Paulo Coelho thanked Malala for her
significant contribution towards education, particularly girls' education.
Coelho took his twitter handle to address Malala, he tweeted:
the Middle East’s homegrown digital marketplace, is celebrating the upcoming
FIFA World Cup final with Emirati female footballing talent Houriya Al-Thaheri.
part of its ongoing noon | women series, noon caught up with the female Emirati
football coach, who recently became the first Arab female football expert in
2007, I visited the FIFA headquarters in Zurich as a player, and took pictures
near the FIFA logo,” said Al-Thaheri. “To now be a part of FIFA, is a dream
come true for me.”
a technical director in the Women’s Football Committee, Al-Thaheri is also head
coach of the UAE’s under-15 girls team, and she is set on nurturing the next
generation of female Arab football stars.
is her passion to help the women of her country, and region, reach their
greatest potential by pushing through obstacles. “One of the challenges is that
there are not enough clubs for girls, especially in football,” she said.
true inspiration in her own right, Al-Thaheri holds a football coaching
license, which is the highest degree in the Asian football confederation. She
also recently authored her first book “Becoming A Legend” — named after the
football academy she established in the UAE for boys and girls.
idea for the book was to speak about everything, not just my accomplishments,
but of all of the support female footballers get from the UAE government. There
are a lot of inspirational stories about all the people who have accompanied me
in my career, which I wanted to tell.”
noon | women series has been developed to shed light on the female talent
driving change across the region, by telling the stories of these unsung
– The number of Saudi jobseekers reached 1.07 million this year with women
accounting for 83.9 percent or 899,000 and men representing 16.1 percent or
173,000, said the General Authority of Statistics (GaSat) in a report published
report was based on a survey conducted by the authority, said Al-Madina Arabic
daily. About 26.8 percent unemployed Saudis were seeking jobs for the past 12
months while 45 percent of them sought jobs for six months, the report
to the method followed by the jobseekers to get employed, the authority said
31.1 percent of male jobseekers registered their names with the Ministry of Civil
Service, while 38.6 percent of them applied directly to companies and other
employers. “About 43 percent women jobseekers have registered with the Civil
Service Ministry for getting employed,” GaSat said in light of its survey.
latest GaSat report showed unemployment rate among the Saudis at 12.9 percent
compared to 12.8 percent in the end of 2017 with jobless men accounting for 7.6
percent and women 30.9 percent, Al-Madina reported.
also pointed out that 234,000 expatriate workers have left the Kingdom in the
first quarter of 2018 after the intensification of Saudization programs.
Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims at reducing unemployment rate to 9 percent by 2020
and 7 percent by 2030. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has
increased the rate of Saudization in some business sectors to increase job
opportunities for Saudi men and women.
have called for halting foreign recruitment, ending false Saudization and
increasing efficiency of Saudi jobseekers to get them employed quickly by the
total number of workers from the data of administrative records in Saudi Arabia
(Q1, 2018) reached 13.33 million individuals, compared to 13.58 million
individuals in Q4, 2017.
the first quarter of 2018 witnessed a decrease in the number of non-Saudi
workers by 234,191 individuals compared to the fourth quarter of 2017,” the
GaStat said. The number of Saudi workers registered for jobs reached 3,150,409
individuals during the same period.
Al-Mufarrej, spokesman of the authority said there was a difference between
jobseekers and the jobless. The "unemployed" according to the Labor
Force Survey are individuals who are above 15 years of age and are jobless at
the time of survey. They include those who did not search for jobs during the
four weeks prior to the household visit because they were either waiting for a
job or starting their own business in the coming days.
job seekers in the administrative records are not subject to the
internationally recognized standards and conditions of unemployment approved by
the ILO and therefore are not considered to be unemployed, he said.
not every job seeker is considered unemployed. They may be looking for better
work while working in another job. This is the case of many jobseekers in
government entities in particular. They may be working in the private sector,”
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