protest at Shaheen Bagh area of south Delhi continued for 23rd day on Sunday as
elderly women sitting on the road day and night.
Go Back a Millimetre’: Shaheen Bagh Protesters to Home Minister of India
Arabia to Host First Women's Golf Tournament In 2020
Our Daughters Home’: The Tribal Women of Thailand Fighting Tradition, Violence
Series 'Aya!' Follows the Fashion Exploits Of an All-Female Arab Cast
Fugitives: Why Is 'Pink Collar Crime' On The Rise?
Women Cricket Continues To Grow In 2019
Charged With Hate Crime for Ripping Off a Muslim Women's Hijab
Beauty Influencer Defends Controversial Blackface Pictures As 'Art'
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Go Back A Millimetre’: Shaheen Bagh Protesters To Home Minister of India
06, 2020 09:45 IST
Times, New Delhi
were unconfirmed reports that police is forcefully evacuating the protesters
but that did not deter the women in Shaheen Bagh. The rumour spread after the
police removed one of the barricades. While cops said it was to resolve a
dispute between shopkeepers and protesters, those demonstrating said it may
have been to disperse the protesters.
are frisking the people coming in to avoid entry of trouble-makers and ensure
that the protest remains peaceful.
have put volunteers at all entry gates and we are frisking everyone so that
nobody comes with stones or any weapon and creates ruckus in our protest which
is going on peacefully,” said one of the volunteers.
organisers have also called for a press conference at 2 pm against the violent
attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday
JNU, we got to know a mob had reached nearby locality of Sarai Jullena. We sent
our people there are saw around 60-70 people were there. The goons looked like
they were from right-wing groups. We feel that they may attack Shaheen Bagh as
well since civil society members had gathered at JNU and ITO,” said Abid
Sheikh, one of the residents of Shaheen Bagh.
added that with stricter vigilance, the protesters are alert about what may
ensue. “We caught people with stones in their bags on Sunday night. We have to
be alert to ensure no violence hampers our peaceful protest,” he said.
protest at Shaheen Bagh continued on Sunday night with songs of resistance. It
has drawn a huge crowd with scores of social activists coming to express
solidarity with the protesters who have been agitating against the Citizenship
(Amendment) Act or CAA.
don’t want to get disturbed by miscreants as a peaceful protest is hitting
international headlines... if the Home Minister says he cannot retreat one
inch, so he should not expect us to go back a millimetre,” said Zulqarnain, who
has been sitting on the protest from the first day.
Arabia to host first women's golf tournament in 2020
13 Dec 2019
Arabia is poised to make sporting history with the announcement of a fully
sanctioned Ladies European Tour event set to take place in the kingdom next
tournament, which will carry a $1 million prize fund, will be staged from March
19-22, 2020 in collaboration with Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation.
event is a watershed moment for the country where until recently women were not
allowed to drive, and will mark the first time that professional female golfers
have played competitively in the kingdom, breaking new ground in its ongoing
transformation as part of Vision 2030, a statement said.
72-hole stroke play competition, which will be broadcast domestically and to
more than 340 million homes across more than 55 countries worldwide, will see a
field of 108 professionals compete at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club,
Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said: “We
are delighted to be creating history by hosting the inaugural ladies
professional tournament in March. I hope the tournament will inspire many women
to take up the great game of golf and awaken their interest in this wonderful
sport. We warmly welcome all the players to the kingdom and wish everyone a
rewarding experience in our magical country.”
Greens Golf & Country Club, which is set within King Abdullah Economic
City, also plays host to the European Tour’s Saudi International which made its
debut earlier in 2019.
am incredibly excited by this announcement and it is an honour for the Tour to
be part of history in bringing the first-ever professional women’s golf event
to Saudi Arabia,” said Ladies European Tour CEO, Alexandra Armas.
of adding Saudi Arabia to our schedule for 2020 is an exciting prospect for
everyone at the Ladies European Tour and having seen the quality of the event
staging for the Saudi International, I am sure this will be a fantastic
experience for our players.”
Saudi also announced it is working with several female golfing stars to promote
golf to domestic audiences and to enhance the visibility of Saudi’s golf
development programme and its golf tourism offer internationally.
UK’s Carly Booth, Amy Boulden and Rachel Drummond, and Swedish pair Camilla
Lennarth and Isabella Deilert will each wear the Golf Saudi logo as ambassadors
of the programme.
our daughters home’: The tribal women of Thailand fighting tradition, violence
MAI: Even when Ngamjit Thanomjitdee’s husband fired his gun to threaten her,
she did not leave him. Even though she was being physically beaten by him on a
daily basis, she stayed put.
repercussions in her community of getting a divorce were worse than the abuse,
is an ethnic Hmong, living in the hills outside Chiang Mai in northern
Thailand. Just an hour’s drive from the modernity of urban life, women in Mae
Sa Mai village are wrapped in the constraints of long held traditions centred
around marriage. Here, behind the idyllic facade of rural life, hangs the
persistent threat of violence, neglect and abandonment.
group of self-empowered women, weary of being treated as inferior and in grief
over the dislocation, suffering and suicides in the Hmong community, which has
a population of about 150,000 in Thailand, has been pushing for change.
Hmong women are married, they move into the husbands’ houses. When their
husbands beat them, torture them or use violence against them, they must
tolerate it. When they come back to see their parents, the parents will tell
them to go back,” said Naengnoi Sae-seng, a local villager and a member of the
Hmong Women Network of Thailand.
see us as useless wives and useless daughters. I want to see Hmong women stand
up and become the leaders of their clans, to be the leaders of their
communities,” she said.
2013, Naengnoi, 57, has assisted in the implementation of the Bring Daughter
Home project, using Mae Sa Mai as a pilot village for the initiative. Its aim
is to allow divorced women to return to their family home - a fundamental
change in tradition.
Hmong culture, women who divorce their husbands are all but mandated to become
pariahs in the community. Their spirits are considered to be left in limbo and
the women are not permitted to attend ceremonies or celebrations. They are
considered bad omens who can bring great misfortune to their family.
believe that if the daughter comes back home chickens will die, pigs will die,
horses will die and cows will die. They don’t know the cause but they think it
is because of their daughter. This is what makes them unhappy,” said Yua
Thanom-rungruang, a village consultant.
are not permitted to live inside the home of their parents or siblings and are
left to dwell in separate small buildings. The women can be ignored or
ostracised. The network has recorded seven suicides in the past three years of
women who had reached out directly for marriage help.
we are very ill and too ill to go to hospital, they will leave us outside the
house. If we die, they will leave our body outside the house without any
ceremony and bury the bodies. The children of the daughters will face the same
thing,” Naengnoi said.
Hmong culture, immense value is placed on a person’s spirit, a belief tied to a
person’s life and death. When a woman is married, her spirit is believed to
separate from her family in order to join the clan of her husband. Not only is
the woman herself now considered a possession of the man, her spirit too is
bound to his. It has always been an irreversible ritual that occurred during
herself a divorcee after being snatched to become a man’s second wife,
researched a way to reintroduce lost sisters and daughters. She estimates there
are about 100 exiled women from Mae Sa Mai and a neighbouring village, with a
combined population of only 2600 people. Across the country the problem is
says many women are known to have fled their Hmong heritage and moved to urban
areas where risky jobs at karaoke bars are a common path. But her success in
convincing Hmong elders to allow a unique “coming home” ceremony called Phu,
means 13 women have been reintroduced to the Mae Sa Mai community this year
this, if your parents are having a new year ceremony and giving the blessing to
every one of their children except you, what would you feel? You will feel sad
because you aren’t included. You feel banished. This is what Hmong women feel.”
feel very depressed when I see women aren’t accepted back to their homes. It
feels like my own suffering. If I was put into that situation, I would be so
outraged but these women just cry,” she said.
Phu ceremony involves a woman’s family - especially its male members -
reaccepting her. But it remains controversial and many women remain outlaws in
their own home. Patriarchal dominance means there are many families unwilling
to embrace cultural change or any kind of redesign of womens’ traditional roles
in Hmong society.
suffering years of abuse Ngamjit Thanomjitdee finally made the decision to
divorce her husband, a drug addict who is now in jail. The turning point came
when, in front of her, he held a symbolic ceremony to burn her spirit.
burnt those papers as if I was a corpse. By burning them, it was like I am dead
to him. Since I am dead, he and I should no longer be together,” she said.
all she had endured, Ngamjit, a mother of four, was blamed by her family for
the marriage failing. She has still not been accepted back by her father or
brother, the decision makers in the family. She has been denied access to the
lives in a dark annex attached to the side of her parents' house. Inside, she
sleeps in a tent to try to stay warm in the concrete shell. Her children are
now in institutional care.
elder brother said that if I broke up with my husband and lived in his house, I
would offend the spirits,” she said. “Just because I am here, I am already
their burden. Living next to them, I already cause them discomfort. They only
give me a temporary place to stay. I have to move out when I can find a new
mother told me to convert to Christianity. When something happens to me and
nobody takes care of me, at least Christians will pray for me.”
some women, like Ladda Yunegyongkeereemart, 42, ceremonial acceptance has
brought more closure to a distressing part of her life. Like many Hmong women,
education was denied to her and she was forced to marry young - at just 16.
was a mistress. I was forced. Back then, men could do the wife snatching. I was
snatched,” she said “I did not want to get married but if I escaped and came
back home, my reputation would be smeared. I did not love the man I married at
all. I was very very sad.”
her first husband died, she married into an abusive relationship, which almost
saw her killed. She faced the shame of contending with another divorce. “People
kept saying that I am a bad woman because I am divorced twice. Some people
blamed me when their chickens died,” she said.
she fell sick, the elders of the community were persuaded to re-admit Ladda
back to her family so she could be looked after. “For me, coming home... I will
have people to look after me and my spirit. My ancestor spirits will know that
I am their descendant again. After the ceremony, I was over the moon. I cried,”
the Bring Daughter Home project has had some successes, it is a starting point
in efforts to promote some form of gender equality. Men still dominate the
community, and despite wider education opportunities, the role of women remains
among men who accept the Phu ceremony, there is little appetite for more equal
rights for women, even those that are afforded to and expected by women in
general Thai society.
Hmong people, if a woman does not listen to anyone, is very self-willed or does
whatever she wants, Hmong will view her as worthless,” said Yua
Thanom-rungruang, the village consultant and former deputy head.
believe they cannot be a leader. They have to listen to the husband all the
time. In fact, for me, I think it is impossible to give women more rights than
says progress gained momentum once the network began working more closely with
men and conveying to them “womens’ suffering and pain”. Yet she still sees the
younger generation facing the threat of domestic violence and social exclusion.
An old Hmong saying that is taught to young boys still rings true in the
community: “When chilli is hot, use salt. When the wife is stubborn, use your
20-year-old woman working in the village has fled her husband after he repeatedly
beat her. But she still wants to return to him,
was doing the thing that Hmong men normally do. He still lives his life in the
old traditional Hmong way,” she said. “I am considering going back. He beats me
but he loves me. I want my daughter to have a full family.”
shakes her head as she listens to the woman speak. Gender roles are still
deeply ingrained and her brand of feminism still meets resistance from all
women don’t love themselves and do things for themselves,” she said. It is
disheartening sometimes. The biggest challenge is to change the mindset.”
remains steadfast, dressed in a t-shirt with the slogan, “If women stop, the
whole world stops”. It is clear that she does not intend to.
series 'Aya!' follows the fashion exploits of an all-female Arab cast
no secret that people are increasingly reliant on screens for entertainment –
post-work and weekend Netflix-ing is the new normal and social media is
regularly used as a news source. Arguably, in the future, entertainment may not
be sought on traditional TV channels at all, but via platforms such as YouTube.
It’s this thought process that led to the creation of Aya!, an Arabic YouTube
series produced for Generation Z viewers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other
parts of the Middle East.
which is set to launch on Friday, January 24, translates to “wonderful” from
Arabic, and that’s what it hopes to be for young Arab women everywhere.
producer Reim Al Houni, the show is by youngsters, for youngsters, and will
trace the fashionable adventures and exploits of four women through 20-minute
episodes on a weekly basis. Yara Algain, 26, Reem Al Hammadi, 22, Haya Al
Yassin, 18, and Assia Mezyaine, 25, were hand-picked after a series of casting
calls and auditions in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, hugely popularised through
social media, of course. Fashion influencers such as Nesma Hendawy, Wafaa
Carneiro and Reman Ali added to the online storm by judging the casting process
to find four fun young women who got along well, yet represented different
styles, personalities and parts of the Middle East.
the four hosts, Algain is a Saudi Arabian beauty professional with a background
in media and advertising; Al Hammadi is Emirati and has a love for adventure;
Al Yassin is a Syrian journalism student at the American University of Sharjah;
and Mezyaine is from Morocco, with a background in IT and property. “We wanted
to have four very different personalities, so that the audience would be able
to relate to at least one of them,” says Al Houni. “But at the core, there
needs to be a passion for fashion. We were looking for women who have a unique
reason that the four hosts’ fashion sense is such an important part of the show
is because of its format. The women will take on style-related challenges every
week, in keeping with a reality-television-show format. In that sense, the
quartet is still as much in the dark regarding Aya!’s content, is the rest of
the audience. Al Houni does reveal one titbit, though. “Our first episode had a
red-carpet theme; the challenge was to put together a glamorous look, but using
items that could only be found in Dubai’s Naif Souq. So we dropped the girls
there with a set budget, and reviewed how well they did and how they could have
done better. There’s usually a celebrity coach or influencer to help them out
and judge [their progress].”
Hammadi, who comes from Abu Dhabi, describes her style as modern and
experimental (she has a fondness for socks and collects them). Al Yassin’s look
is bright, peppy and bold, while Algain declares that her style sense is “very dark”.
don’t think I could pull off anything bright; it’s just not me,” she says. “I
prefer block colours and ripped denim. I’d say my style is classy with a hint
of rock ’n’ roll.”
Mezyaine, who moved to the UAE a few months ago, showcases modestwear that goes
beyond the hijab. “I want to show young women everywhere how to be fashionable
in a modest way. I think whether someone is wearing a hijab or not, they could
still relate and appreciate my sense of dressing,” she says.
the first show, the women must work in pairs to win. “You can expect a lot of
competitiveness, but also lots of love and friendship,” says Al Yassin. “We’re
friends in real life and I hope people can see elements of that through the
hosts also aim to shine a light on their respective countries and cultures
through their fashion choices. “Each of us has a very different style – and
that’s OK,” says Al Yassin. “If there’s someone out there who has always wanted
to dress a certain way but is scared to, we hope this inspires them to be
Aya! is largely fashion-focused for now, Al Houni hints that it will deal with
other themes, from beauty to cyberbullying, in the future. The medium that has
been chosen to showcase the series is seen as the best to get such issues
heard. When asked whether they think YouTube is the future of entertainment,
there is resounding agreement from the women. “In my home, the television is
for PlayStation and Netflix. We don’t really watch anything else. If I hear
people talking about a cool show, I check YouTube first,” says Mezyaine.
all respect to the TV, YouTube has become so big, it’s an industry in itself,”
adds Al Yassin. “There are a lot of people watching it, especially because
tablets are so accessible these days. The best thing about it is that you can
watch it from anywhere in the world.”
show also aims to use the power of social media to draw in viewers. According
to Al Houni, after an episode is aired, viewers will be invited to take part in
the same challenges and share the process online, with prizes up for grabs.
the end of the day, it’s an easy watch. We hope it’s something people will sit
down to watch and laugh at,” says Al Yassin.
fugitives: why is 'pink collar crime' on the rise?
6 Jan 2020
commit more crimes than women do. A lot more. This holds true over time and
across cultures. In America, the incarceration capital of the world (over 2
million detainees), males comprise 93% of the prison population. Men also
account for 73% of all arrests and 80% of those charged with violent crimes.
This disparity between the sexes is particularly stark when it comes to murder:
90% of the time, the ones who do the killing are men.
these numbers add up to what criminologists call the “gender gap”. But read
enough academic journals and government crime reports, and some curious facts
emerge: while crime rates in the western world have steadily declined over the
past three decades, the number of young women being convicted for violent
crimes in some western countries has increased significantly; law enforcement
records indicate the opposite is true for their male counterparts. In other
words, the gender gap is closing.
some UK cities, the number of female arrests increased by 50% from 2015 to
2016. That’s more than a blip. A 2017 report by the Institute For Criminal
Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London came up with this sobering
data point: the global female prison population has surged by more than half
since the turn of the century, while the male prison population increased by
just a fifth over that same period. Women and girls may account for only 7% of
all incarcerated people today, but their numbers are now growing at a much
faster rate than at any time in recorded history.
Paxton, a Portland, Oregon-based private investigator known to news producers as
the Pink Collar Crime Lady, says she isn’t surprised that female arrest rates
are going up: “Women suddenly have the financial pressures that men have had
for decades. They’re the breadwinners in 40% of all households. If these women
can’t pay the bills, some will resort to committing crimes.”
new crime trend hasn’t gone unnoticed. The National Herald ran this story last
month: Greek cops nab teen girl pickpocket ring in Athens. And here’s a recent
BBC News headline: Sharp rise in women caught carrying knives (up 73% in the
past five years). Even InSight Crime, a not-for-profit that studies organized
crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, is all-in. One of their recent
reports sounds like a Netflix elevator pitch: Female prisoners in Venezuela become
cell block bosses to survive.
really cemented this pulpy women-behind-bars image in the collective conscious,
though, is Crime Has No Gender, a controversial Europol campaign that launched
last August. “Are women equally capable of committing serious crimes as men?”
reads the news release. “The female fugitives featured on Europe’s Most Wanted
website prove that they are.”
show that women can be vicious sociopaths too, Europol asked 21 of the 28 EU
member countries to select a single fugitive for their campaign. The
methodology may have been flawed, and the sample size small, but the gimmick
worked. The bad girls theme was reflected in the head count: 18 females, three
males. Elena Puzyrevich (Russia), who trafficked nine young women into Spain and
forced them to work as prostitutes, made the list. So did Dorota Kazmierska
(Poland), a 44-year-old femme fatale who killed her husband by shooting him in
the head. Then there’s Zorka Rogic (Croatia), a blonde desperado who works in
sales: narcotics, “psychotropic substances”, firearms, munitions and
the rise in female crime is one thing. Explaining it is quite another. Cesare
Lombroso, the Italian physician known as the “father of modern criminology” (he
invented the first lie detector) also wrote the first book about women and
crime, La Donna Delinquente in 1893. He concluded that women who broke the law
exhibited crude male traits. The profile was simple: short, lusty, vulgar and
prone to wrinkles. They also had darker hair and smaller skulls than “normal”
women. A Lombroso dating tip: beware of girls with prominent lower jaws –
they’re likely to commit crimes of passion.
also thought criminal women were more like men. Sort of. He blamed female crime
on a “masculinity complex”, which could be traced back to (of course) penis
envy. Most women resolved this complex and developed into law-abiding citizens.
Others, however, fared worse. Instead of embracing femininity, these women
over-identified with males and coveted their floppy organs. Think of a woman
who smiles while she stabs her husband to death in bed, and later cleans the
and psychology theories are still discussed in criminology classes today.
Studies that link the menstrual cycle to female crime have persisted for
decades. According to the three female authors of The Curse: A Cultural History
of Menstruation, the 19th century axe murderer Lizzie Borden butchered her
family because “her period coincided with an epileptic attack”. Psychology
models, of course, continue to be popular. Behavioral theory suggests that
becoming a criminal requires conditioning, a form of learning that involves
positive reinforcement: rob a bank, spend the money, rob another bank.
though, many of today’s gender gap theories focus on external factors, like
tougher drug sentencing laws (25% of women in US state prisons have been
convicted of a drug offense, compared to 14% of male prisoners) and the
proliferation of violent female gangs (the Bad Barbies, an all-girls “sister
gang”, with chapters in Harlem and Brooklyn, have pulled off multiple revenge
murders). There’s also the post-conviction barriers that uniquely affect women
and lead to recidivism: prison guard abuse, few mental health services and a
lack of job training. Police, lawyers and judges being less protective toward
women is another reason criminologists believe the gender gap is shrinking.
should’ve seen this coming. In 1975, the famous criminologist Freda Adler
trumpeted this warning in her bombshell book Sisters In Crime: The Rise of the
New Female Criminal: “In the same way that women are demanding equal
opportunity in the fields of legitimate endeavor, a similar number of
determined women are forcing their way into the world of major crimes.”
years later, Adler’s feminist manifesto still resonates. Just try finding a
criminologist who doesn’t own a dog-eared copy. Critics may argue that her
prediction was wrong (the ’70s women’s lib movement didn’t breed a vast army of
females toting guns and flashing armpit hair), but Adler was onto something.
More women are committing violent crimes. It just took longer than she
most intriguing academic paper that explores the women behaving badly
phenomenon is the 2017 essay The Gender Gap In Crime Is Decreasing, But Who’s
Growing Equal To Whom? Rejecting Adler’s gender equality theory, the authors
offer a reverse hypothesis: the real reason that the gender gap is shrinking
isn’t because women are copying the behavior of men and committing more crimes
– it’s because men are copying the behavior of women and committing fewer
crimes. The idea that feminism might be making our mean streets safer may sound
absurd to a beat cop, but the theory is being hotly debated among
criminologists and gender studies scholars at liberal arts colleges.
Pink Collar Crime Lady has her own gender gap theory, and it doesn’t have
anything to do with feminism, chivalrous judges or menstrual cycles. “Women
nurture and raise us. We love and trust them,” explains Kelly Paxton. “So being
a female crook is the perfect cover.” Then she shares some insider wisdom: “The
first thing I tell clients is never underestimate a woman. They’re ruthless.”
women cricket continues to grow in 2019
- Women’s cricket in Pakistan continued to grow in 2019 and Pakistan's national
women’s team reached new heights as the Pakistan Cricket Board undertook major
initiatives to promote the game amongst young potential cricketers.
reached the fourth spot in the 50-over ICC Women’s Championship after securing
the astonishing series win against West Indies women earlier in the year and
securing a 1-1 tie against South Africa in an away series.
year had started off by hosting West Indies in Karachi for a three-match series
and later in the year Bangladesh women toured Lahore for three T20Is, which
Pakistan won 3-0, and a two-match ODI series that ended in a draw.
hosted England women in Malaysia for the seventh round fixtures of the ICC
Women’s Championship and three T20Is. Though, the Bismah Maroof-led side lost
both series, the team showed marked improvement in their performances in all
PCB awarded better-paying and improved central contracts to women cricketers to
narrow the gap between men and women cricketers. In a bid to take women’s
cricket to every corner of the country, the PCB continued to expand the network
of girl’s academies across the country, while organizing domestic tournaments
regularly to gauge the talent pool.
PCB, for the preparation of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in 2021, staged
Skills 2 Shine U18 Women’s Cricket T20 Championship and a pool of best performing
25 players is undergoing an academy programme in Karachi.
national women’s team captain Bismah Maroof, while reviewing her side’s
performances, said here on Tuesday: “Overall, it has been a very good year for
women’s cricket in Pakistan.
year started off by hosting West Indies in Karachi for a T20I series. There
were some nerves because we hadn’t played in our own country for a long time
and we couldn’t put up a good show in the first T20I”.
sat as a group and discussed how important it is to put up good performances to
enhance the profile of women’s cricket, which resulted in outstanding
performances”, she said.
South Africa tour was a confidence booster for the whole side. We performed in
both batting and bowling departments and tied the ODI series there”, she added.
hosted Bangladesh in Lahore and did brilliantly in that series. Our year
concluded with the England series in which we did not put up a good show. But,
we have shown a lot of improvement in this series.”, she said.
that we are currently ranked fourth in ICC Women’s Championship is because of
the hard work our team has put in, she asserted. “We play T20 World Cup next
year and we are hopeful that we will be able to end in top four.”, she further
Iqbal, member national women’s selection committee, said, “There have been a
lot of positives both on and off the field in women’s cricket this year.
PCB has undertaken many development programmes and the team has also shown
marked improvement in performances.
zonal academies have started to function regularly because of which our girls
are practicing round the clock. The girls now have separate facilities where
they are getting nurtured under top coaches and undergo the training the same
as the Pakistan national women’s team, which has enhanced the skill-level of
our up-and-coming cricketers. This was missing when I started off as a player”.
PCB organized a U18 tournament and our emerging team recently featured in the
Asia Cup. We have had domestic tournaments organized on a regular basis this
year. This has played a crucial role in developing game-awareness amongst
girls. Many girls have made international debuts this year.”
Charged With Hate Crime For Ripping Off A Muslim Women's Hijab
Portland woman has been charged under Oregon's bias crime law for attacking and
berating a woman from Saudi Arabia in downtown Portland in November. The
alleged victim, a 23-year-old foreign exchange student from Portland State
University (PSU) who has not been identified, says she was targeted for wearing
a hijab, a head scarf worn by some Muslim women.
Multnomah County District Attorneys office issued a warrant for the suspect,
23-year-old Jasmine Campbell, after she failed to appear in court Friday
affidavit filed by the DA's office alleges that Campbell approached the victim
at a MAX station near SW Yamhill and 10th at 7:20 pm on November 12. Campbell
allegedly grabbed the victim's hijab and attempted to choke her with it, before
forcibly pulling the scarf off of her body. Then, according to the DA, Campbell
removed all of her own clothes—except for a leather jacket—and began dancing
and rubbing the hijab accross her naked body.
the affidavit explains: "Defendant then placed the hijab between her legs,
rubbed it against her naked vagina, then stretched out the hijab and began
vaginally flossing herself with the hijab."
was eventually arrested by Portland police officers who'd been called to the
scene, who, after reading Campbell her Miranda Rights, asked why she chose to
assault the PSU student.
defendant stated that she was fighting and playing around, that she wanted to
be a stripper, and she wanted to show the victim that she did not have to be a
Muslim, that people don't have to be black or white, and that she wanted the
victim to know that religion doesn't define her," the affidavit reads.
has been charged with two counts of bias crimes in the second degree—along with
three other misdemeanor charges.
to court documents, the victim has replaced her hijab with a knit cap and
scarf, out of fear that wearing a hijab in public will make her a target again.
is one of several Portlanders in the past few years who've attacked women for
wearing hijabs in public. In 2018, OPB interviewed a woman who wore a hijab
who'd been harassed while leaving work in downtown Portland. In 2017, Jeremy
Christian fatally stabbed two men on the MAX who had tried to defend a pair of
women dressed in hijabs who'd been the target of Christian's anti-Muslim
is a brutal hate crime, and falls in line with other attacks we've seen locally
and accross the country under this [presidential] administration," says
Zakir Khan, the board chair of the Oregon chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "Women wear hijabs as a symbol of
faith. Rather than people respecting that symbol, they are deciding to act out
against them in violence. It's unacceptable."
is hopeful that the Oregon Legislature's recent updates to the state's hate
crimes law—which comes with harsher penalties for suspects—will improve the
state's previously lackluster response to hate crimes committed against Muslims
and other minority communities in Oregon.
he'd like to see a larger financial contribution to the state's victim support
programs to help non-American victims who've been disproportionately targeted
by these crimes.
competency is crucial for victim advocates," says Khan. "Being the
victim of a hate crime is only made worse when you don't understand the culture
or the customs of a country."
beauty influencer defends controversial blackface pictures as 'art'
Bernd Debusmann Jr
popular Kuwait beauty influencer has defended her use of a series of
‘blackface’ pictures on Instagram that sparked a fierce online backlash,
calling them a representation of her artistic abilities and claiming it was not
her intention to offend.
in January, influencer Ghadeer Sultan posted a 53-second video in which she
appears in blackface, as well as a single photograph.
matter where you are from or what you believe in, we are all children of this
world,” read the caption of the video. “Beauty comes in all shapes and colours,
so let’s love each other and celebrate our unity.”
the video and the picture quickly amassed thousands of comments, with many
users saying they were puzzled or offended at the images.
is the most offensive thing I’ve seen. You can portray togetherness without
disrespecting an entire culture,” one user wrote. “So uneducated. This is
beyond unnecessary and unacceptable.”
user wrote that she “couldn’t believe” that Sultan deemed the images acceptable
you familiar with blackface? Do you understand the gravity of what you just
posted? I don’t think so,” the user wrote. “Ignorance is not always bliss.”
response to the growing online anger, Sultan posted a third image – again in
blackface – in which she defended her actions.
am not racist. I hate racism. What I’ve done is only to show what I am capable
of. I love you all,” she wrote. “Think 2020 and live with passion for all
a more extended note posted to her Instagram stories, Sultan said she
recognises that it “can’t have been easy” for viewers to “deal” with her
blackface, but continued to defend her actions, saying they represented her
artistic ability as a make-up artist.
the contrary, I looked more beautiful in my dark colours,” she wrote. “I’ve
tried to explain several times why and how I’ve done this and what was my goal
behind it…I can’t really change the sensitivity behind the whole issue.”
will work on resolving the [misunderstanding] and I will be careful in
approaching or touching [other] cultures, so we can all enjoy the beauty behind
the arts,” she added.
Business has reached out to Sultan for comment.
late 2018, another Kuwaiti beauty influencer, Sondos Al Qattan, made
international headlines after posting a video in which she harshly criticised
new rules protecting the rights of Filipino domestic workers, leading many
brands to cut ties with her.
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