Protesters carrying the Triclour display placards and
raise slogans during a rally against CAA, NRC and NPR, in Mumbai on Wednesday,
8 January.(Photo: The Quint)
• Shaheen Bagh Protest Against CAA, NRC Continues For
25th Day amid Rain and Cold Weather; Two Protesters Persist With Hunger Strike
• Protest by Muslim Women against CAA, NPR, NRC, Started
an Indefinite Sit-In Demonstration in Kolkata
• As India Rises In Dissent, Bollywood Reveals Its
Real Heroes: The Women
• Delhi Women Say Heckled, Evicted From Rented House
For Protesting Caa
• How Eskai Is Changing The Way Women Shop In Egypt
• Saudi Women Lead the Way as Cycling Breaks Down
• India: Woman Inflicts 101 Cuts on Sister-In-Law In
Horrific Exorcism Ritual
• Ilhan Omar: ‘War Destroys Lives, Takes Away Futures’
• Lisa Smith: IS-Accused Bailed As Prosecutors Prepare
• Wanted: 20,000 Saudi Taxi Drivers, Women Are Welcome
• Old video from Rajasthan falsely shared as Hindu
women assaulted by Muslims in Pakistan
• French Secularism Is Giving Far-Right Mps Licence To
Target Muslim Women Yet Again
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Shaheen Bagh Protest Against CAA, NRC Continues For
25th Day amid Rain and Cold Weather; Two Protesters Persist With Hunger Strike
India Press Trust of India Jan 08, 2020
Abidin, around 45, in December had launched his hunger strike to protest
against the CAA and proposed pan-India NRC
• He was
joined by Mehrunissa, around 40, over a week ago
them, a trio of elderly women, now famously known as the 'Dabang Dadis' of
Shaheen Bagh, stayed put at the protest venue
New Delhi: Braving the rain and cold weather, anti-CAA
protesters continued their agitation at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh for the 25th
consecutive day on Wednesday, as two of them, who are on a liquid diet,
remained at the centre stage demanding the withdrawal of the contentious
Zainul Abidin, around 45, in December had launched his
hunger strike to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and
proposed pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC). He was joined by
Mehrunissa, around 40, over a week ago.
Besides them, a trio of elderly women, now famously
known as the “Dabang Dadis” of Shaheen Bagh, stayed put at the protest venue
which has come up on the Sarita Vihar-Kalindi Kunj road in South East Delhi
since 15 December.
“There's no going back on this protest till the CAA is
repealed and the government assures of dropping the NRC proposal. The people's
spirit is unfazed by slight rains and it is continuing as it is,” Shaheen Bagh
resident Syed Taseer Ahmed told PTI.
Since Wednesday morning, hundreds of people remained
at the venue notwithstanding the drizzle, even as shops remained closed along
the road, which has been blocked for 25 days.
The road is a key link between Noida and Delhi and has
been closed by the Noida Traffic Police in view of the ongoing protests.
“Now as the night draws in, more people will join the
protest and the crowd size would swell up manifold,” Taseer said.
A major part of the crowd at the protest is formed
between 8 pm and 12 pm, when the regular protesters are joined by working
professionals and businessmen who return from work in the evening, he added.
Thousands of people, including women and children, are
protesting at Shaheen Bagh and nearby Jamia Millia Islamia to oppose the CAA
and the NRC.
Besides Delhi, protests have unfolded in several parts
of the country over the contentious law and have led to clashes at several
places, including Uttar Pradesh, where more than 20 people have died.
According to the amended law, members of Hindu, Sikh,
Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious
persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian
citizenship. The law excludes Muslims.
Protest By Muslim Women Against CAA, NPR, NRC Started
An Indefinite Sit-In Demonstration in Kolkata
8 January 2020
Kolkata, Jan 8 (PTI) A group of Muslim women have
started an indefinite sit-in demonstration at the Park Circus Maidan here to
protest against the CAA, NPR and the proposed nationwide NRC.
Initially started by around 20-30 women on January 7,
the protest gained momentum on Wednesday as the numbers swelled with many more
women joining to express solidarity, Nazma, one of the protesters said on
'We will be sitting at the spot till the government
repeals Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and call off the National Population
Register (NPR) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). We also
condemn the attack on students of Jamia Milia Islamia University and Jawaharlal
Nehru University and arrest of the guilty,' she said.
Asked if the movement is on the lines of the protest
by women of Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi against CAA, Nazma said 'We think there
will be more Shaheen Baghs all around the country if the act is not repealed,
if attacks at educational institutions are not stopped.
Zeeshan Ali, a young man present at the site, said:
'We are here to express support to our sisters.' PTI SUS RG RG
As India rises in dissent, Bollywood reveals its real
heroes: the women
By Ananya Bhattacharya
January 8, 2020
Indian women are emerging as the torchbearers of
defiance—and Bollywood isn’t far behind.
Of late, a bunch of leading actors from the Hindi film
industry has been conspicuous at mass protests, both on the internet and off
it, against state policies in India. A few, in particular, have been more vocal
For instance, after violence broke out at Jamia Millia
Islamia in New Delhi last month, Swara Bhasker, a vociferous critic of the
Narendra Modi government, tweeted her horror.
The Anaarkali of Aarah actor, even with a history of
losing work and endorsements for her stance, has tirelessly worked with
protesters in her own way. Before you are deceived into dubbing it hashtag
activism, on New Year’s Day she attended protests in Delhi against a new
citizenship law perceived to be unjust to Muslims.
There are others, too.
When students and teachers of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru
University were attacked last weekend, Sonam K Ahuja, star of movies such as
Aisha and Neerja, wrote on Twitter, “Shocking disgusting and cowardly. Have the
balls to at least show your face when you want to attack innocents.”
Many of them, like Richa Chadha, Taapsee Pannu, and
Dia Mirza, have showed up protest events too.
Interestingly, now even the more diplomatic A-listers
have begun to talk.
Alia Bhatt, among the top five Indian celebrities in
terms of earnings from brand endorsements, usually stays off all things
political. Following the Jamia violence, though, she shared two Instagram
stories—one with the preamble to the constitution, and one plain text saying,
“Learn from the students.“
Perhaps the most impressive feat of them all took
place yesterday (Jan. 7) evening: Deepika Padukone, India’s highest-paid female
star, was spotted with agitating students at JNU. In the capital to promote her
upcoming film Chhapaak, she faced instant criticism for her move. Some dubbed
her presence at JNU a marketing gimmick, others condemned her stance outright.
Yet, for the most part, she was lauded. In spite of her not saying a word at
the event, she may have tilted the scales in favour of the protesters by her
“It’s so bad, even Bollywood is here!” Bhasker wrote
in a series of Instagram stories hailing Padukone.
On the face of it, tinsel town’s women seem braver
than their male counterparts off-screen.
Holding out for a hero
Right after Jamia and the Aligarh Muslim University
(AMU) attacks, actor Sayani Gupta took to Twitter to call upon some of the industry’s
most bankable leading men and moviemakers, including famed director-producer
Karan Johar to speak up.
It isn’t clear if her message worked, but actors
Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana expressed their anguish over the stirring
Hrithik Roshan, another movie heartthrob, tweeted his
concern “as a parent and citizen of India.”
Delhi boy Siddharth Malhotra expressed his disdain about the state of
affairs. Vicky Kaushal labelled the incidents “both saddening and concerning.”
Vikrant Massey, Padukone’s Chhapaak co-star, tweeted, “We will fight again to
regain the lost sanity of this proud country 🇮🇳.”
Following the JNU attack, Riteish Deshmukh tweeted “such violence cannot and
should not be tolerated.”
Yet somehow, such chatter didn’t seem to muster enough
power—at least not as much as the women’s voices. Firstly, some of the biggest
male influencers haven’t spoken out yet. Padukone’s husband, Ranveer Singh, has
been mum. Some of the biggest male stars—Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan,
Salman Khan, Aamir Khan—haven’t said a word.
Physical presence at protest events is still a far cry
Lesser-known Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, seen in standout
roles in Raanjhana and Article 15, has done well on this front; actor-director
Farhan Akhtar, too. Unfortunately, Ayyub’s reach is tiny with 80,100 followers
on Twitter and 52,500 on Instagram. By comparison, Shah Rukh has nearly 40
million and 20 million respectively.
Critics argue that as mega-influencers, movie stars
have some responsibility to participate in public debate. Filmmaker Anurag
Kashyap, ever vocal on issues, alongside other directors like Anubhav Sinha and
Vishal Bharadwaj, said, “It makes me angry to see voices that can actually make
a difference stay quiet.”
However, to be fair, Bollywood celebrities have had a
history of being targeted—both personally and professionally—for taking
That perhaps makes for the most accurate argument on
behalf of the silent lot: “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
Delhi Women Say Heckled, Evicted From Rented House For
January 08, 2020
New Delhi: Protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act
(CAA) during BJP chief Amit Shah's door-to-door campaign in Delhi's Lajpat
Nagar area on Sunday led to the eviction of two women lawyers from their rented
apartment. The women say after they hung an anti-CAA banner from their balcony
during the BJP chief's campaign - organised to drum up support for the
contentious law - a mob came up and asked them to step out. "At that
point, the banner was not up. So all they could have done after entering our
home is harm us," Surya Rajappan, one of the two women, told NDTV.
"As soon as people noticed our banner, they
started shouting at us, and the landlord and his family were part of the
protest, so they were also shouting at us. They said- 'take this banner off and
get out of our house right away'. After we pulled down the banner, some people
came up to our house, they - our landlord was part of the mob- were banging our
doors and kept saying 'get out'," she said.
Ms Rajappan says she was not served a formal eviction
notice by the landlord. She also alleges that misogynistic remarks questioning
her character were made.
"We haven't received a formal notice, but at that
point, they had screamed it out from the road, and after an hour later when my
dad was there, they told him he should take away his daughter right away.
Obviously, misogynistic comments were made, questioning our character and our
upbringing. Since I am a woman, my character had to be questioned," she
They have vacated the house.
"There was space for both the both of us. We are
a democracy. It is not that only anti-CAA protests are happening at Jantar
Mantar. There are pro-CAA people who tried to disrupt things. The difference
between there and here is that the protesters didn't turn against those people.
Here it was frightening for us as the protesters turned against us and our
landlord turned against us," she added.
She said it must be realised that the country is a
democracy, and the Constitutional right of dissent cannot be challenged.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, for the first time,
makes religion the test of citizenship in India. The government says it will
help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries to get citizenship if
they fled to India because of religious persecution before 2015. Critics say it
is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles
of the constitution.
Violent protests had broken out last month after the
bill was passed in both the houses of parliament. The ruling BJP had alleged
that the Opposition was misleading people on the law.
How Eskai is changing the way women shop in Egypt
DUBAI: Eskai — it’s not just another online shopping
website; it’s an online platform for buying, selling and renting pre-owned, as
well as brand new, items that offers online shoppers in Egypt the chance to own
“We have four services: Buying services, renting
services, exchanging services and also fashion advising,” Eskai’s founder Samar
Salim told Arab News.
Salim, who is also a fashion influencer with a stellar
238,000 followers on Instagram, added: “When I became someone who influences
people, I wanted to think about it differently. I wanted to create something to
make it easier for people to consume less of the items in the fashion industry.
I wanted to make a cause.”
On the website, Eskai.com, which was launched at the
end of 2019, individuals and brands can display their items for rent or for
“They fill an application online that is about the
clients’ details — what the item is, the size, the brand, when was the last
time it was used and the production date,” Salim explained.
Once the item is sold, clients collect their money in
cash form from the Eskai headquarters or through a bank transfer “if the amount
exceeds 1000 Egyptian pounds (around $62).”
Whether they be dresses, jeans, tops, accessories,
scarves, or even wedding dresses, Eskai allows customers to rent anything for
up five days or buy it outright.
“People who are willing to display their items on our
website fill out a form and send me the items. I pick these pieces in the
office. I check every single piece, the quality, the material and the color,”
After taking photos of the items in Eskai’s studio,
Salim and her team send the clothes for dry cleaning before they are displayed
on the website.
The hijab-wearing influencer is also motivational
speaker who is known for her motivational speeches.
In a Ted Talk Salim gave in Cairo in 2019, the social
media star spoke about incidents she has encountered because of her hijab.
“It was then that I decided to take a step forward. I
decided to mix what I love (fashion) with what I wanted to change (the
stereotypes),” she said.
Saudi women lead the way as cycling breaks down
January 09, 2020
JEDDAH: Cycling is one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing
sports — and it’s the Kingdom’s women who are leading the way.
More than 1,000 women recently took part in the
country’s first major women’s cycling event, a three-race series held in
Jeddah, Riyadh and Alkhobar.
The turnout for the competition drew praise from the
Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), which organized the event, with Shaima
Saleh Al-Husseini, SFA managing director, describing the series as “truly a
historic occurrence for health and wellness in Saudi Arabia.”
In the final race of the series, held at the Corniche
in Alkhobar, Nadia Skoukdi claimed first place, followed by Floria Martias and
More than 800 women took part in the first race, held
at Princess Nourah University in Riyadh, where Skoukdi and Martias were joined
by Ahlam Al-Zaid on the finalists’ podium.
Jeddah’s race welcomed more than 200 women to
Al-Joharah Stadium, with Martias placing first, and Arwa Al-Amoudi and Samar
Rahbeini as runners-up.
Cycling as a sport is growing in popularity across the
Kingdom, according to the SFA, which says that about 1.1 percent of the
population cycles on a weekly basis. At least 30 percent of cyclists are women,
the federation believes.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan hopes to boost weekly
levels of physical activity to 40 percent in the next decade.
Al-Husseini said that the SFA considers physical
activity its “mandate,” which translates to more public competitions and events
such as the women’s cycling series.
“We will continue to stage activities under the Quality
of Life program, and work hard toward our goal to get people involved in sports
and activities of all types,” she added.
India: Woman inflicts 101 cuts on sister-in-law in
horrific exorcism ritual
Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: In a bizarre development, a
woman has been arrested for inflicting 101 cuts on her sister-in-law in Uttar
Pradesh's Bareilly district, the police said on Thursday.
The woman was practicing exorcism to cure her father
who had been ailing for some time.
The woman, Moni, was helped by her husband Mooli and
brother Raju in the act, which happened on Tuesday.
The sister-in-law Renu who suffered the cuts, was
given 300 stitches on her face and other parts of the body by the doctors.
Renu has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) where her condition is said to be serious.
Moni, 30, has been sent to jail while Mooli and Raju
Baradari police station officer inspector Naresh Tyagi
said that a complaint had been filed by Renu's brother under section 307
(attempt to murder) of IPC.
"We will record Renu's statements in a day or two
once she is stable and in a condition to talk to us. We have sent Moni to
jail," the inspector said.
Renu, a resident of Ganghora village in Bareilly, was
married to Sanjeev around eight years ago.
Her father-in-law, Jagdish, fell ill a few months ago.
"Accused Moni, who practices exorcism, decided to
cure her father by initiating the act. Going by superstitious beliefs, they
inflicted as many as 101 cuts on Renu's face and body. It cannot be ruled out
that they wanted to sacrifice her to complete the act," police inspector
On Tuesday night, the accused had locked Renu's
husband and mother-in-law in another room when they tried to stop them from
making her a scapegoat.
When the accused trio started inflicting cuts on Renu,
she struggled to get out of their clutches and somehow managed to escape from
She had run a short distance when she collapsed and
became unconscious. A police constable on patrol reportedly spotted her and she
was taken to a district hospital. Once regaining her consciousness, she
narrated her ordeal to the police who then informed her parents.
Ilhan Omar: ‘War destroys lives, takes away futures’
Thursday, 09 January 2020
Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar says “war destroys
lives” and “it takes away futures and it destroys generations,” as US President
Donald Trump’s aggressive actions against Iran have increased concerns of
spiraling out of control into a new full-fledged war in the Middle East.
Tensions between the US and Iran escalated after Trump
ordered the assassination of a top Iranian commander who had played a leading
role in the Middle East in the fight against Daesh terrorists.
Fears of a new war in the Middle East emerged
following the assassination of General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds
Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)
On Saturday, Trump said that his military would hit
“very important” targets, including cultural heritage sites, if the Iranians
want to take a retaliatory action against the assassination of Lieutenant
Early on Wednesday, Iran responded to the
assassination of Soleimani, the Middle East's most prominent anti-terror
commander, striking the American airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in
western Iraq and another in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous
Trump has said he authorized the assassination of the
Iranian commander of the Quds Force in Iraq “to stop a war,” but his Democratic
presidential contenders have said that his action has put the United States on
According to CNN, the US assassination of General
Soleimani has brought America to the “brink of its first hot war” with Iran since
the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
In a message on Wednesday, Omar, a Minnesota Democrat,
said, “We caution against war because of our allegiance to this country and our
oath to protect it. Sending teenagers to die or return with lifelong wounds
seen and unseen what it is to carry out our oath.”
“Risking a regional or even global war is not what it
means to carry out our oath to protect the American people,” she added.
“I always say war does not have a reset button,” she
“War is never the answer to saving more lives. War
destroys lives. It takes away futures and it destroys generations. I know this.
I learned that lesson at the young age of 8 and many of the people in Iraq and
Afghanistan and around the world also know this lesson,” the lawmaker said.
“The world is asking us to act differently this time
and it’s our duty and make sure that we do,” she concluded.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has
said the House will vote Thursday on a resolution to curb Trump’s power to take
military action against Iran.
Pelosi said the Trump administration’s actions
“endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious
escalation of tensions with Iran.”
She added that some members of Congress have “serious,
urgent concerns” about Trump’s strategy.
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Lisa Smith: IS-accused bailed as prosecutors prepare
A former Irish soldier alleged to have been a member
of the Islamic State group has been remanded on bail to allow the prosecution
to prepare evidence.
Lawyers for Lisa Smith, from Dundalk, County Louth,
say she will deny being a member of a terrorist organisation.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of eight years
Ms Smith, 38, returned to Ireland last year after
spending a number of years in IS-controlled territory in Syria.
She has been on bail since after Christmas and must
sign on at a garda station twice daily.
As part of her bail conditions she must also stay
indoors between 20:00 local time and 07:00, and not access the internet or
Wearing a grey coat and a black hijab, but with her
face visible, Ms Smith was in Dublin District Court for the hearing.
Prosecuting lawyers said they needed eight weeks to
obtain information from outside the state for the book of evidence.
Ms Smith's lawyers requested the judge to ask the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to make sure any evidence gathered met
the necessary threshold for proceeding with the case.
He replied that was a matter for the DPP.
She was remanded on bail until 4 March.
Wanted: 20,000 Saudi Taxi Drivers, Women Are Welcome
MAKKAH: Saudi transport chiefs have launched a
campaign to recruit 20,000 Saudi drivers to replace expatriates working for
Uber, Careem and the Kingdom’s other taxi-app services.
The number of Saudis driving taxis had risen from
100,000 to more than 600,000 since 2016, and the sector was now ready for
Saudisation, Majed Al-Zahrani of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) told Arab
The job had become particularly popular among women
since the ban on them driving in the Kingdom was lifted in June 2018,
Al-Zahrani said. “The number of female Saudi drivers working at these
applications has reached 2,000, and the number is rising because of the good
income and the safe work environment,” he said.
The PTA and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development
will work together to ensure the implementation of the Saudisation regulations.
Any driver found to be working illegally faces a fine of SR5, 000 ($1,333).
The surge in the number of women driving taxis came as
no surprise to Kariman Khaled Al-Ghamdi, who drives for Careem. “Saudi families
constantly request women drivers,” she told Arab News.
Al-Ghamdi worked in human resources at a
telecommunications company, retired at 46, and sought another job to boost her
income. With driver’s licenses from the US and Kuwait as well as Saudi Arabia,
and having lived abroad, she knew she was ideally suited to the work.
Jamilah Al-Mahmoudi, from Makkah, joined Uber seven
months ago, and has never looked back.
“I got rid of the financial burden of hiring a driver,
and now I drive pilgrims and visitors inside Makkah, which I enjoy,” she said.
Old video from Rajasthan falsely shared as Hindu women
assaulted by Muslims in Pakistan
8th January 2020
A video, where two men can be seen attempting to take
a girl hostage while an elderly woman tries to stop the duo, was shared by
Renee Lynn, the author of ‘India Stripped: Voice of India’, on January 7, 2019.
In the video, both the women are beaten and pushed around by the men. Tweeting
the video, Lynn claimed, “This video is horrifying what’s happening in Pakistan
today. These Muslims beat the hell out of this young Hindu girl & her
mother & was forcefully taken away.” It has amassed over 4,600 retweets so
Swarajya columnist Shefali Vaidya quote-tweeted Lynn
and opined, “Skin crawling. And privileged Indian elite like @BDUTT
@FarOutAkhtar and @Ram_Guha oppose #CAA coz they want Hindu women from Pakistan
to continue to suffer in silence because they are Hindu, poor and lack a
A few more individuals on Facebook shared the video
with the same narrative.
Alt News had earlier debunked the same video in
December 2019 when it was shared with the claim that poor women were lifted in
public eye and raped by men in Rajasthan. The video is at least two years old
and is from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district.
One of the men in the video is the husband of the girl
they try to abduct. The elderly woman is the mother of the girl. According to a
September 27, 2017 report in Dainik Bhaskar, the husband’s name is Shaukat who
was married to Nemat and Aamad Khan’s daughter. “As per the police, Aamad Khan,
a resident of Kalu Khan ki Dhani village, had married his daughter to Shaukat
at a very young age several years back. Shaukat had asked his in-laws several
times to send his wife. However, Shaukat’s mother-in-law Nemat insisted on
doing the ‘Gauna’ when her daughter turns 18. -translated)”, states the report.
Shaukat, along with an accomplice Ilyas, came with a tractor and forcefully
took his minor wife after beating his resistant mother-in-law.
Child marriage in India is illegal yet prevalent in
various parts of the country. Some communities marry their girls at a very
young age however the bride stays at her father’s house till the time she
attains adulthood. The girl starts living with her husband after a
post-marriage ceremony called “Gauna”.
According to the local police, these men were arrested
and charged with “several sections of kidnapping, wrongful restraint and using
criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty”. However, they
were later released on bail while the minor girl was living in the same village
with her mother.
In conclusion, a two-year-old video from Rajasthan of
a man beating his mother-in-law for not allowing him to take his minor wife
home is being shared with the false narrative that a Hindu girl and her mother
was beaten-up by Muslim men in Pakistan.
French secularism is giving far-right MPs licence to
target Muslim women yet again
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their hair; they are respected, and rightly so. Why the double standards for a
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