New Age Islam News Bureau
17 Dec 2015
Photo: The two women police are seeking over a violent Islamophobic attack that occurred on a London bus
• Malala: Trump's Muslim ban plan is 'full of hatred'
• 13-yr-old US Muslim girl asked if her backpack has a bomb, Twitterati seems divided
• Man handed suspended sentence for racially abusing Muslim women on Tyne and Wear Metro
• Missing woman, schoolboy found dead
• 6.1m children under five to be vaccinated in KP, Fata's last anti-polio drive of 2015
• Passenger who yelled at two Muslim women to get off his train because 'I want to sit down, I'm English' and said they may bomb the carriage is given a suspended sentence
• Reham, Ayyan among most 'sought after' people in Pakistan
• Report: 41pc of Malaysian science teachers don’t have degrees
• Women make up 18 per cent of aids cases in Saudi Arabia
• Woman electrocuted
• Ministry says may examine need for husbands’ consent in women’s sterilisation
• Reproductive rights: Married women have less say than their husbands
• Women councilors free to push for development
• ‘Thatcher Naela’ leads by example
• Company Selling ‘Fake Hymens’ Sees Business Boom Among Muslim Women In Germany
• Man jailed for lewd act, molesting women in mall
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Women 'Punched And kicked Muslim Woman Off London Bus In Islamophobic Hate Crime'
A woman was punched in the head and kicked into the street in a violent Islamophobic attack on a London bus which police are treating as a hate crime.
Police are hunting two women after they attacked a woman in her 40s on the number 63 bus, on London Road, Elephant and Castle.
The victim was subjected to a racist and anti-Muslim tirade by the women, thought to be in their 20s, before she was assaulted.
Police said she was left "badly shaken" by the ordeal and had to be taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries.
The woman's attackers are thought to have used their mobile phones to film themselves abusing the woman.
Witnesses told the Evening Standard the victim tried to get off the bus but was followed to the doors by one of the attackers who then “violently kicked her on to the curb [sic]”.
Police have released images of the two women they want to speak to about the incident that occurred about 8.10pm on October 28 as the bus travelled in the direction of Peckham.
Antonia Bance, head of campaigns at the Trades Union Congress, wrote on Twitter: "Just witnessed a hate crime at the Elephant [and Castle].
"Muslim woman in hijab kicked backwards off a bus to the floor. 'This isn't bloody Africa,' they said.
"Others heard anti-Muslim abuse. Some tried to hold them but they ran."
The Standard quoted another passenger saying the attackers "recorded video of themselves shouting Islamophobic hate speech at the woman and physically intimidating her."
She continued: "After bringing the lady to tears, I heard them screaming at her 'stop crying and shut the f*** up'.
"As she tried to get off the bus, they followed her to the doors where the girl violently kicked the woman on to the curb [sic]."
Officers are appealing for anyone who recognises the two women, or any passengers that took pictures or recordings of the incident, to contact them.
13-yr-old US Muslim girl asked if her backpack has a bomb, Twitterati seems divided
Dec 16, 2015
Earlier this year, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed made news when he was arrested in the US for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to school. As most people know the said ‘bomb’ turned out to be a clock. Going by the global reaction to the story, it could be hoped that such an incident won’t be repeated.
But just two months later, a similar incident — though, not at that scale — occurred in a US school yet again. This time, a 13-year-old Muslim girl, who wears a hijab, was asked if she was carrying bomb in her backpack.
Read the story here
Though the school’s principal has apologised for the incident, according to a spokeswoman, the incident “shows the level of Islamophobia impacting people’s relationships with one another,” Yusof Burke, board president of the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It is also interesting to see the kind of reactions that the incident got on social media platforms such as Twitter. There were many who thought the question was justified given the current social scenario.
But there were more who sympathised with the little girl and shared their outrage.
The incident has happened amid a growing feeling of Islamophobia, especially in regions targeted by the Islamic State. Recently, US Presidential candidate Donald Trump called for completely shutting down Muslims entering the US.
With inputs from AP
Man handed suspended sentence for racially abusing Muslim women on Tyne and Wear Metro
16 December 2015
A train passenger who racially abused a two Muslim woman on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been handed a suspended sentence.
Andrew Thompson approached sisters Kalema and Fatema Rahman and told them to, "Get the **** off the train I want to sit down I'm English.
"Get out of the seat I am an Englishman."
Angry commuters then forced Thompson, 26, to get off the train.
Kalema Rahman, 23, known as Ruhi, has said she was left terrified when he told other passengers she could 'bomb the train' as she sat quietly with her sister Fatema.
But other travellers, disgusted by the man's behaviour, rushed to Ruhi's rescue, demanding he leave her alone before forcing him off the Metro.
Fiona Varley, prosecuting, told Newcastle Magistrates Court: "Kalema and Fatema are sisters and are British Muslims. At the time they were wearing Hijabs.
Mr Thompson got on the train at South Gosforth and went into the same carriage as the sisters.
Mr Thompson approached the sisters and said 'Get the **** off the train. I want to sit down, I'm English. Get out of the seat I'm an Englishman.
Passengers in the carriage told him to stop his behaviour. Other passengers were so shocked they told Mr Thompson to get off the train.
Mr Thompson got off the train at Four Lane Ends and the sisters remained on the train. Other passengers made sure they were all right."
– FIONA VARLEY
Thompson was arrested after the incident on November 21 and told police he could not remember what had happened.
In a victim impact statement Kelema said: "This incident has made me scared, it does worry me that if I'm out again and this happens what will actually happen.
"I'm worried that if this happens to others they will be too afraid to speak out."
Her sister Fatama said in a personal impact statement: "I'm still shocked by what happened I'm still hesitant. I am not going out by myself at night.
"It's left me feeling more aware of what has happened. The support from passengers has left me realising there are good people and hope for the future."
Thompson, of Priors Terrace, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, pleaded guilty to racially or religiously aggravated fear of violence.
Mark Harrison, defending, told the court: "I attended the police station with Mr Thompson.
He volunteered himself to the police in the aftermath of what has attracted significant press interest.
[...] CCTV shows Mr Thompson at the incident. He is embarrassed and ashamed of his conduct on the day.
Mr Thompson does not seek to quarrel with what he said on the Metro.
If there's a positive to be taken from his poor behaviour on the train it's the response by those on the Metro train.
[...] It's a factor that he was drunk on the day. He had been in a bar watching the football and had far too much to drink.
[...] He cannot explain his behaviour. He can do nothing more than apologise in the station and do nothing more than apologise now."
– MARK HARRISON
District Judge Philip Houlden told Thompson: "I take the view that this offence is so serious that is does deserve a custodial sentence.
"I'm taking that view as it seems to be this this behaviour is in a confined space on the metro and people on the receiving end couldn't really escape from you.
"You were in drink which is no excuse in fact it makes things worse rather than better.
"I'm going to suspend that sentence as it seems to me you entered a guilty plea early that's one of the things that influenced me."
District Judge Houlden sentenced Mr Thompson to 18 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.
He also ordered him to pay £200 compensation to each victim, a £180 court charge, a £80 victim surcharge and £80 costs.
The amount Mr Thompson has been ordered to pay is £745.
Missing woman, schoolboy found dead
December 17, 2015
A woman and a schoolboy were found dead in Mymensingh and Narayanganj districts yesterday and the day before.
Police recovered the body of a young woman from Sreepur village in Muktagachha upazila of Mymensingh on Tuesday, seven days into her missing, reports our correspondent.
The victim is Halima Akhter, 25, daughter of Janu Sheikh of Char Aadpakia village in the upazila.
Police and family sources said Halima went out of house on December 9 and since then, she did not return home.
Local people found the body at a bush in Sreepur village on Tuesday evening and informed the police.
The law enforcers rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Abu Mohammad Fazlul Karim, officer-in-charge of Muktagachha Police Station.
The reason behind the death will be known after getting the autopsy report, said the OC.
In Narayanganj, the law enforcers recovered the decomposed body of a missing schoolboy from a ditch in Itbhati area under Araihazar upazila of the district yesterday.
The dead is fourth grader Ismail Hossain Riad, 11, son of Md Firoj of the area, reports our correspondent.
On Friday, Riad went out of house to go to a local mosque for Islamic studies and since then he remained missing.
Yesterday noon, locals found the body in the area and informed the police.
The law enforcers then rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Narayanganj General Hospital morgue for autopsy, said OC Md Sakhawat Hossain of Araihazar Police Station.
Riad might have been killed after abduction, said police.
6.1m children under five to be vaccinated in KP, Fata's last anti-polio drive of 2015
Dec 17, 2015
PESHAWAR: A total of 6.1 million children under the age of five will be administered polio drops in the last immunisation campaign of the year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
The three-day drive aims to vaccinate 5.4 million children in KP and 0.7 million in Fata, says the KP Health Department.
Around 7,000 teams will take part in the campaign across the province amidst tight security. The District Administration in Peshawar has announced a ban on pillion riding for the three days.
Militant groups often target anti-polio drives and immunisation teams due to rumours that the drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.
The claims were propagated by the Taliban, who stepped up attacks targeting polio immunisation teams after Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to set up a hepatitis immunisation drive as part of efforts to track down Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.
A Swabi district coordinator, Dr. Yaqoob Swabi, was shot dead on Nov 30, after which the drive in Swabi district was cancelled.
The nationwide count of victims in 2015 has reached 42, which is a significant improvement compared to last year. In 2014, 224 cases of polio were recorded, said the polio control cell.
Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic.
Also read: Refusals, repatriation and remissness: Why Pakistan is still a polio-endemic country
Earlier in October, officials marked a drastic reduction in the number of polio cases in the KP district, owing to focused immunisation campaigns, better security to immunisation teams and improved social mobilisation.
Compared to last year, 2015 saw a one-third reduction in polio cases. The province recorded 47 cases in 2014, but this year only 15 children were infected, experts say.
Health experts fear the surfacing of back-to-back polio cases from Pakhtun-populated slum areas in Karachi during the last month may jeopardise the progress made by KP towards eradicating the crippling disease in 2015.
Karachi recorded 10 polio cases this year, seven of them Pakhtuns who visit KP frequently. Most Pakhtuns living in Karachi belong to KP’s southern districts including Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat and Bannu, putting populations of these areas at risk.
Passenger who yelled at two Muslim women to get off his train because 'I want to sit down, I'm English' and said they may bomb the carriage is given a suspended sentence
16 December 2015
A passenger who shouted at two Muslim sisters demanding them to get off a train has been given a suspended sentence.
Andrew Thompson told Kalema and Fatema Rahman 'get the f*** off the train, I want to sit down, I'm English' on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
The 26-year-old left the sisters shaken and terrified with the racially aggravated verbals.
It was Thompson, however, who was forced off the train after a backlash from angry commuters.
Today, the Tynemouth man appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to racially or religiously aggravating fear of violence.
District Judge Houlden sentenced Thompson to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Kalema, 23, known as Ruhi, was left terrified when he told other passengers she could 'bomb the train' as she sat quietly with her sister.
He also ordered him to pay £200 compensation to each victim, a £180 court charge, a £80 victim surcharge and £80 costs. The circus worker has also been ordered to pay £745.
Kalema, 23, known as Ruhi, was left terrified when he told other passengers she could 'bomb the train' as she sat quietly with her sister.
In a victim impact statement, she said: 'This incident has made me scared, it does worry me that if I'm out again and this happens what will actually happen.
'I'm worried that if this happens to others they will be too afraid to speak out.'
Her sister Fatema added: 'I'm still shocked by what happened I'm still hesitant. I am not going out by myself at night.
'It's left me feeling more aware of what has happened. The support from passengers has left me realising there are good people and hope for the future.'
Fiona Varley, prosecuting, said: 'Kalema and Fatema are sisters and are British Muslims. At the time they were wearing Hijabs.
'Mr Thompson got on the train at South Gosforth and went into the same carriage as the sisters.
'Mr Thompson approached the sisters and said "Get the f*** off the train. I want to sit down, I'm English. Get out of the seat I'm an Englishman".
'Passengers in the carriage told him to stop his behaviour.
'Other passengers were so shocked they told Mr Thompson to get off the train.
'Mr Thompson got off the train at Four Lane Ends and the sisters remained on the train. Other passengers made sure they were all right.'
Thompson was arrested and told police he could not remember what had happened in the incident, which took place on November 21, around 4.45pm.
Mark Harrison, defending, told the court: 'I attended the police station with Mr Thompson.
'He volunteered himself to the police in the aftermath of what has attracted significant press interest.
'He spoke with his parents and had a recollection of being ejected from the metro train by people.
'He contacted the police and attended the station to be interviewed as a volunteer. He was arrested in the custody suite.
'CCTV shows Mr Thompson at the incident. He is embarrassed and ashamed of his conduct on the day.
'Mr Thompson does not seek to quarrel with what he said on the Metro.
'If there's a positive to be taken from his poor behaviour on the train it's the response by those on the Metro train. He was approached by males and females a like. He was ejected at the stop.
'He did not wave his arms around. The comments were the beginning, the middle and the end of the incident.
'It's a factor that he was drunk on the day. He had been in a bar watching the football and had far too much to drink.
'He was making his way home when he got on the Metro. He cannot explain his behaviour.
'He can do nothing more than apologise in the station and do nothing more than apologise now.'
District Judge Philip Houlden told Thompson: 'I take he view that this offence is so serious that is does deserve a custodial sentence.
'I'm taking that view as it seems to be this this behaviour is in a confined space on the metro and people on the receiving end couldn't really escape from you.
'You were in drink which is no excuse in fact it makes things worse rather than better.
'I'm going to suspend that sentence as it seems to me you entered a guilty plea early that's one of the things that influenced me.'
Reham, Ayyan among most 'sought after' people in Pakistan
Dec 17, 2015
The former wife of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and a model facing a money laundering case in Islamabad are among the most searched people in Pakistan, according to Google Trends.
As the search giant Google released the search trends at the end of year 2015, it emerged that Reham Khan tops the chart of most searched people in Pakistan.
Reham Khan and her former husband, PTI chairman Imran Khan had divorced with mutual consent in October after 10 months of marriage, stirring chatter on news channels and on social media.
The two remained one of Pakistan's most-talked-about couples throughout their marriage and even after their divorce.
Following Reham Khan on Google is Ayyan Ali, the super model facing a money laundering case.
Ayyan was apprehended while attempting to travel out of Pakistan with half a million US dollars. The amount was seized by customs when she was checking in for a flight to Dubai at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) on March 14 this year.
A special customs court formally charged her with attempted currency smuggling last month, almost nine months after she was arrested. The model pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Ayyan approached the Lahore High Court last month, seeking acquittal in the currency smuggling case against her.
The third among the top ten search trends in 2015 is Amy Jackson, the British model who recently appeared in the Bollywood movie Singh is Bling alongside superstar Akshay Kumar.
Interestingly, the other names among the top ten include the social media celebrity and self-styled model Qandeel Baloch and the recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Qandeel Baloch whose Facebook page describes her as a woman who 'had first entertained herself' is above Trudeau.
As for Trudeau, the liberal politician who became the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history by beating rival Conservatives in the Canadian polls back in October, won Pakistanis' hearts twice.
First, he revealed the desi in him and then by welcoming Syrian refugees at the Toronto airport in person.
Amongst the trending searches, YTPAK, Pakistan's substitute for the banned video hosting site Youtube, topped the chart, followed by the Indian reality show Big Boss 8.
The movie names among the most searched keywords are 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', 'PK Movie' and 'Fast & Furious 7'.
'ICC World Cup 2015' and 'Big Boss 9' rounded off the list of Top 10 search terms in Pakistan.
Report: 41pc of Malaysian science teachers don’t have degrees
BY BOO SU-LYN
December 17, 2015
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 17 — Almost half, or 41 per cent, of science teachers in Malaysia do not have a Bachelor’s degree, according to a report by national think tank Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).
The report titled “Science Outlook 2015: Action towards Vision” released today by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) agency also showed that 70 per cent of teachers in general who hold a Bachelor of Education fall short of the requirement to have at least three distinctions in SPM to enter the degree programme.
“Questions have also been raised as to the qualification of our science teachers, and if they are sufficiently equipped with the required knowledge and orientation for effective subject delivery,” said the report that the ASM released to a press briefing here.
“Approximately 41 per cent of science teachers in the country do not possess a Bachelor’s degree, with 37.1 per cent holding only SPM/ STPM qualifications and 3.8 per cent holding diplomas,” it added.
The report also noted that although the number of primary and secondary school teachers has been increasing over the years, the ratio of science and mathematics teachers to students was only 1:17, which is less than half the international average of 1:8.
Malaysia has a target of 500,000 skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers by 2020.
The 500,000 target, however, would only comprise 3 per cent of an expected total workforce of 15 million in 2020, compared to 30 per cent in most advanced countries, according to the report.
The report noted that in 2010, unskilled workers represented more than 75 per cent of total workers employed and that those with tertiary education and applicable skills made up only a quarter of the workforce.
“To meet our 2020 STEM needs, it is estimated that we need a 0.2 per cent increase per annum in the number of STEM diploma holders; 10 to 40 per cent increase per annum in STEM degree holders; and 5 to 10 per cent increase per annum in PhD holders,” said the report.
Malay Mail Online reported last month that less than 13 per cent of those who sat for the Form 3 PT3 examination last year scored at least a C in both science and mathematics, according to the Education Ministry, despite Malaysia’s aim to achieve developed nation status in less than five years.
The Education Ministry also said that the average percentage of secondary school students who qualified for the science stream, based on their results of the previous Form 3 PMR examination, only hovered around 30 per cent over the past 10 years, though Malaysia has been aiming for a 60:40 ratio of science/ technical/vocational and arts students since 1970.
Women make up 18 per cent of aids cases in Saudi Arabia
December 16, 2015
Manama: Women represent 18 per cent of the people who contracts Aids in Saudi Arabia in 2014, a senior health official has said.
“We had 444 cases with the HIV last year, including 80 women,” Dr Sana Filemban, National Aids Programme Manager at the Saudi Ministry of Health, said. “The figure is much less than in other countries where women often constitute more than 50 per cent of the people with Aids. Most of the women in Saudi Arabia were infected by their husbands,” she said, quoted by Saudi news site Sabq.
Filemban said that 93 per cent of the HIV cases in the kingdom were transmitted through unprotected sex, while the other cases were through drugs and from mothers to their babies.
The Red Sea city of Jeddah tops the list of the areas where Aids cases were recorded, she added.
“Jeddah represents 30 per cent of the cases and this is due mainly to the density of the population there, including Saudis and foreigners. There is a high level of intercultural exchanges,” Filemban said.
Saudis represent 28 per cent of all cases registered in the kingdom while the non-Saudis were the other 78 per cent.
According to the figures, 80 per cent of the cases were people aged between 15 and 49 years old.
Filemban added that all foreigners benefited from all the necessary health care until they are deported to their home countries and even if they were accorded an exception to stay in Saudi Arabia.
December 17, 2015
A woman was electrocuted in Jessore Sadar upazila on Tuesday night.
The deceased, Rawshan Ara, 35, wife of Rezaul Islam, was a resident of Andolpota village in the upazila.
Sub-inspector Sahabul Alam of Kotwali Police Station said Rawshan came in contact with an electric wire around 7:00pm while she was cleaning a fan of her room.
Ministry says may examine need for husbands’ consent in women’s sterilisation
BY MAYURI MEI LIN
December 17, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 ― The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry could look into the practice of requiring women to obtain their husbands' consent for certain reproductive procedures if more women express disagreement.
Datuk Seri Rohani Karim today conceded that she was not familiar with the issue, but said that needing wives to produce their husbands' consent for tubal ligation procedures was the “norm.”
The same requirement is not imposed on men obtaining vasectomies.
“The natural process is that there is discussion because this means they don't want kids anymore.
“Because I'm not very aware but all along it’s not being brought up... But maybe we'll look into it if the women want us to look into it,” she said during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre today.
Rohani did not clarify, however, if the ministry was for or against the practice.
Malay Mail Online reported earlier today that married women were made to obtain their husbands' consent for sterilisation procedures, but not vice versa.
Health Ministry director-general Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that consent from their spouse is “necessary” if women were “dependent” on their husbands.
Reproductive rights: Married women have less say than their husbands
BY MELISSA CHI
December 17, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 ― Did you know that in Malaysia a woman needs her husband's approval if she chooses to undergo a procedure to prevent pregnancy?
This special consent form is for a surgical procedure called bilateral tubal ligation (BTL) which involves blocking the Fallopian tubes to prevent the ovum or egg from being fertilised.
By contrast, if a married man wishes to have a vasectomy, a procedure which prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates, he does not need his wife's consent.
Both these surgeries are considered permanent forms of birth control, although in some cases they can be reversed successfully.
So why the double standards?
“The form is more of a practice and it is used to preserve marital harmony,” a gynaecologist at a government hospital said, referring to a special consent form specifically for the BTL procedure which requires the patient's and the husband's signatures.
When asked why the wife's consent is not needed for a vasectomy, he said “by right there should be” and then shrugged.
He admitted, however, that legally all medical procedures only need the patient's consent if he or she is of sound mind.
“So if the husband disagrees to the procedure but the wife is adamant, the doctor will not be penalised if the case was brought to court,” he said.
A medical officer at a government clinic called the situation a “grey zone” as Malaysia is a “Muslim country” so a lot of rules are based on that.
He said BTL requires husband's approval but if he's not around to sign it, verbal approval can be accepted.
“I've known surgeons who refuse BTL if the patient is young and of 'child-bearing age.'
“They say, 'muda lagi, baru dua anak',” he said, which means they are still young, with only two children.
The medical officer also said two months ago, he referred a woman to get BTL as she said she didn't want any more children.
“She came back saying they refused to do it... she wasn't too sure why.
“I'm guessing because she was in her early 30s and only had two or three kids,” he said, adding that she was not educated.
And there lies the heart of the matter. An uneducated woman who does not know her rights may be pressured into accepting her doctor's personal opinion. It does not matter if she does not wish to have any more children.
If, however, a woman knows her rights she can insist on having the procedure. After all, it is her body.
And what about single women who wish to have the procedure? Although it is rare for single women to ask for BTL, medical officers told Malay Mail Online that it is generally allowed.
In the private sector, however, Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr Ashok Philip said most doctors in private practice do require both partners to consent to such an operation, whether vasectomy or tubal ligation, to avoid “future problems.”
“If both partners are not in accord, perhaps the relationship needs work, and you should avoid a potentially irreversible step. After all, there are many other methods of contraception,” he said.
Dr Ashok also said that he was not aware of any regulations in government hospitals that apply only to women but not men.
“Perhaps individual consultants may have different requirements, but I do not think it is government policy,” he said.
A source working at a private hospital in Perak, however contested his claims that both parties’ consent were needed. She said a surgeon from the hospital confirmed that married women need their husband’s consent for BTL but husbands do not need their wife’s consent for vasectomy.
As for doctors who refuse to do BTL, Dr Ashok said he did not think doctors should impose their own views on patients.
“As I said before, a mentally competent patient should be allowed to make his or her own choice. Even if some doctors refuse to perform BTLs, there are many others who will,” he said.
Women councilors free to push for development
17 December 2015
DAMMAM: Women members will be allowed to effectively contribute to the development of their areas and make suggestions in the council, Judea Al-Qahtani, the director of the municipal council affairs at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, has said.
“However, the female participation in the councils will be in accordance with the Shariah law and there will be no direct meetings between female and male members,” he was quoted as saying by local media on Wednesday.
Al-Qahtani said financial benefits for members would be announced soon and refused to indicate the exact financial value.
He denied rumors circulating on social media that the stipend would range from SR300,000 to SR500,000 and that the elected members would also be provided with land to improve their financial standing. “No financial incentives will be offered and circulating rumors are not true at all.”
Regarding the attendance of female members for council meetings and whether they would join their male counterparts at the same table, Al-Qahtani said there would be a special method for their attendance and that they will not mingle with male members.
As for the absence of electronic voting machines during the election, he said that despite the availability of such technology, it had been found that “it does not guarantee transparency and assure accuracy of information.”
‘Thatcher Naela’ leads by example
17 December 2015
JEDDAH: Nonagenarian Naela Mohammed Salih Naseef, fondly called “Thatcher Naela” by her relatives and friends, is on Cloud 9 for casting her ballot for Lama Al-Sulaiman who won the recent municipal council election.
Naela Naseef, aged 94, did not let her advanced age stop her from going in person to the election center and cast her vote, local media has reported.
Naela, a former teacher and mentor for children in the family, is the mother of Nazih Naseef, former secretary of Jeddah. She learned a great deal from her father, Mohammed Salah Naseef, a former minister during the reign of King Abdul Aziz. She learned important lessons of strength, liberty, freedom of expression and patience during difficult times. She also inherited the genes of success from her grandfather, Omar Naseef, who was at the helm of affairs in Jeddah during the reign of King Abdul Aziz.
Naela says she was overcome with joy “to see her vote counted” and that she was happy to be able to vote for Al-Sulaiman who she views as “qualified and capable of representing and advancing the voice of women in municipal councils.” As a woman who was always proud to carry out charity work without covering her face, she says she learned from her father not to cover her face so that people could see her and realize her strength and the efforts she made; she could thus motivate them to follow her example.
Sahar, Naela’s daughter, says her mother “is very intelligent, reads a lot, and is respected by all. She is especially good at reading faces and getting an impression about someone from the first meeting.”
“Other women turn to her for advice concerning their family affairs because of her wisdom and valuable insight,” she says.
Company Selling ‘Fake Hymens’ Sees Business Boom Among Muslim Women In Germany
16 Dec 2015
The massive migrant influx into Germany from mainly-Muslim countries has reportedly boosted business for a local company selling ‘fake hymens’ to women eager to prove their virginity to partners.
According to its website, VirginiaCare produces the “self-dissolving artificial hymen with real imitation blood” as a “simple and pain-free way to simulate virginity without the need for medical intervention”. As the marketing blurb explains:
The goal is to have bloodstains on your bedsheets on your wedding night. This is exactly why we at VirginiaCare have developed the artificial hymen. The advantage here is that you do not have to recreate your hymen surgically, since VirginiaCare achieves the same end result. “Bloodstains on the night of your wedding!”
The German-made fake hymens are made up of two ultra-thin cellulose skins holding sterile, freeze-dried blood powder. They dissolve in reaction to moisture and heat created during sexual intercourse, releasing “bovine blood” which comes out “just at the right time and in the right amount” to convince a sexual partner of the woman’s virginity.
The huge numbers of Muslim migrants entering Germany are said to be responsible for a surge in sales of the cheap alternative to the typical £1,750 cost of surgical hymen reconstruction, reports Metro. This is because the consequences for Muslim women from strict families who lose their virginity before they are married can be fatal.
A Pakistani couple living in Germany were recently jailed for life for the ‘honour killing’ of their 19-year-old daughter who they found out had been stealing condoms for sex with her boyfriend. As a result of bringing ‘shame’ on the family, her father strangled her while her mother watched.
In a review for VirginiaCare, one customer wrote: “If your product did not exist, I would not now exist either.”
Man jailed for lewd act, molesting women in mall
December 17, 2015
Dubai: A salesman, who was spotted on surveillance cameras exposing himself and molesting women shoppers at a shopping mall, has been jailed for three months. The 26-year-old Egyptian salesman, M.A., molested an unidentified number of shoppers and committed a lewd act in public by exposing himself. The incident occurred in Deira in October.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted M.A. of public indecency and molestation despite having pleaded not guilty and claiming that he was too drunk to remember what had happened.
Records show that M.A. molested an unknown number of women and gestured indecently in the shopping mall.
When asked if he had molested women and exposed himself, the accused told the court: “I don’t remember clearly. Honestly, I was too drunk to remember if I had done that. It was the first time that I had a drink in my life. I don’t even remember what I drank.”
Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said the accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment.
A policeman testified that he spotted the defendant walking in the clothing section and suspected him of the crime.
“I headed to the person in charge of the surveillance room. After we directed the cameras towards the defendant, we spotted him touching women and flashing. The suspect was caught red-handed as he had exposed himself and molested a number of shoppers. Upon confronting the defendant, he admitted that he had been molesting women,” claimed the policeman.
According to prosecution records, M.A.’s actions were caught on camera.
Tuesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.
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