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Girl's Body Found, in Pakistan, With Hundreds of Needle Pricks and Broken Bones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Cell Phones, No Dancing At Weddings: Indian State’s Muslim Panchayat Tells Girls

Woman Taken To Saudi as Help ‘Abused’, Wants To Return

UAE Quizzing Women Linked To Detained Islamists for Plotting Against the State

Women in Developing Countries Lag in Internet Use, Says Intel Report

Ahmedabad, Converted to Islam woman killed by Pakistani husband

Three Kurdish Women Found Shot Dead in Paris

Women Questioned Over Links to Secret Ring, Plotting Against the UAE

Malala Honoured With Key French Award

Imposing Restrictions on Women Ensures More Violence against Them

Women Alarm over Call for Religious Police in Egypt

Controversy on Separate Rooms for Snoring Couples in Saudi Arabia

Women’s Group in Lebanon Demands Role in Electoral Debate

Indian-American Makes Move to Change California Law on Rape

Hope and despair for women in Islamic states

Women in Post-War Afghanistan Have Long Road Ahead

Manager of a Dubai 5 Star Hotel Jailed For 3 Months for Molesting Workmate

Murder of Canadian Woman in Pak: LHC Orders Police to Arrest Main Accused

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Women in Post-War Afghanistan Have Long Road Ahead

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Girl's Body Found, in Pakistan, With Hundreds of Needle Pricks and Broken Bones

January 9, 2013

DHONKAL: The body of a girl was found lying on the roadside in Wazirabad on Tuesday. It bore bruises and wounds caused by sharp objects.

Some passers-by reported the body on Ahmed Nagar Road to the police in the morning.

They said the body was wrapped in a bed sheet. Saddar police said there were a very large number of needle pricks on the body and speculated that the girl had died during an exorcism attempt and her body later abandoned. They said the deceased appeared to be in her early 20s.

The body was sent for a post-mortem examination to the Tehsil headquarters hospital. Announcements seeking help with the identification were made from the area mosque, but no one came forward.

Doctors, who carried the girl’s post-mortem, said that the body had been pierced with needles at some 100 points on her legs, arms, chest and back. They said there were also cuts on the neck. They said her legs and arms had been broken using rods. They said there were also burn marks on some parts of the body caused by a heated iron.

Police said after observing the needle injuries, it seemed as if the girl had been tortured by an occultist. She apparently died during the practice and the Pir must have abandoned her body.

The body was handed over to the Caring Blood Society, a non government organisation, and buried in the area graveyard.

Police said they were investigation the matter.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491162/body-found-with-hundreds-of-needle-pricks-broken-bones/

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No Cell Phones, No Dancing At Weddings: Rajasthan's Muslim Panchayat Tells Girls

 January 10, 2013

After the Khaps in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, a Muslim community panchayat in Rajasthan on Thursday banned girls from using cell-phones and also from dancing and singing at weddings, ostensibly in an effort to prevent incidents like Delhi gang-rape. Boys and girls have also been prohibited from marrying someone against the wish of their family members or someone from a different community, panchayat members said Thursday.

The restrictions have been imposed on the Muslim community members at Salumbar town in Udaipur district, some 400 km from Jaipur, by the Anjuman Muslim Panchayat, a minority community council.

"We have decided to ban girls from carrying and using cell phones. The decision was taken with a view that cell phones are spoiling girls," panchayat secretary Habibur Rahman told reporters.

He said that a slew of measures have been taken to ensure safety of girls belonging to the community in the area.

"The girls would not be allowed to dance and sing during wedding functions. A couple cannot get married against the wishes of their family members," said the panchayat secretary.

He added that punitive action will be taken against girls who are found ignoring the panchayat edicts.

"If a couple runs away from house to get married, they will be ostracised and a cash fine of Rs. 51,000 will be imposed on them. Fine of Rs. 51,000 has also been decided for those who marry someone from a different community," said the secretary.

He added that panchayat decisions have been communicated to all members of the community in the town.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Rajasthan/No-cellphones-no-dancing-at-weddings-Rajasthan-s-Muslim-panchayat-tells-girls/Article1-987621.aspx

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Woman Taken To Saudi as Help ‘Abused’, Wants To Return

Sweta Dutta

Jan 10 2013

Jaipur: It was her hope for a better life that led Femida Bano, 40, to accept a job offer as domestic help in Saudi Arabia. A resident of Kota, she left for Riyadh on December 6, where a Mumbai-based agent got her placed.

But barely three days into her job there, Femida made a frantic call to her home asking her family members to rescue her. She has since then been complaining of physical abuse and ill-treatment. But despite her family petitioning the state government to intervene and rescue her, little help has so far come their way.

A mother of three, she first came to know about the job from three women in the city. They apparently enticed her with the lure of handsome pay in Saudi Arabia.

With two young daughters at home, Femida thought her job would reduce the financial burden of her husband, Shafi Mohammad, who works as a driver. Her elder son, Mohammad Iqbal, polishes furniture for a living.

Meanwhile, the three women managed to convince Femida to apply for a loan of Rs 25,000. She also discretely applied for a passport and visa. “We came to about it just a week before she was supposed to take up the job. We first relented. But then all arrangements were made. She assured us that job is that of a domestic help and the salary will be good,” said Iqbal.

He said but after three days, his mother informed that she was being made to work all day. “She is being kept like a bonded labourer without enough food. Once she called from the driver’s Cellphone. Another call came from an ISD phone booth. We last heard from her on January 6. She was crying and asking for immediate help,” Iqbal said.

When Iqbal and Femida’s husband approached the agents they told the family that they were responsible only for sending workers out. “They asked us to pay Rs 1.5 lakh as travel fee to get her back. With our meagre income, we cannot get such a huge amount,” said Iqbal.

The family then approached the Additional District Magistrate Rakesh Jaiswal requesting him to get in touch with Saudi Embassy in India. “I have written to the Home Department and don’t know whether it has been sent to the embassy. As for nabbing the culprits, it is the job of the police,” Jaiswal said.

Meanwhile, the family filed an FIR against the three women and the Mumbai-based agency. But the police have not made any arrests.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rajasthan-woman-taken-to-saudi-as-help--abused--wants-to-return/1057111/

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UAE Quizzing Women Linked To Detained Islamists for Plotting against the State

January 10, 2013

ABU DHABI: Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates have begun interrogating women linked to a group of Islamists held for allegedly plotting to seize power in the Gulf state, news agency WAM said Wednesday.

The UAE announced in July it had dismantled a group it said had been plotting against state security and challenging the constitution.

“The public prosecution has begun interrogating leading female elements of the ‘women’s organization’” linked to the group, the state news agency quoted UAE attorney general Salem Kobaish as saying.

The attorney general did not specify the number of women being interrogated nor whether they could face detention for their links to the group, which he accused of “creating and managing a network aimed at seizing power in the country.”

UAE authorities are ensuring the women are “treated according to principles of Islamic Shariah,” the attorney general said.

However, “justice and equality between people before the law does not distinguish between the sexes,” Kobaish added.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates led by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, has not seen any of the widespread protests calling for reform that have swept other Arab countries, including fellow Gulf states Bahrain and Oman.

But authorities have stepped up a crackdown on voices of dissent and calls for democratic reform.

Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan had repeatedly accused the Muslim Brotherhood – which came to power after the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia – of plotting against Gulf monarchies, claiming that 61 Islamists detained over the past year were linked to the group.

In an interview with Reuters published Wednesday, Khalfan said a suspected Islamist militant cell detained in the United Arab Emirates had links to Al-Qaeda, including its prominent Yemen-based wing.

“They are adherents of Al-Qaeda and its misguided doctrine,” Khalfan told the Saudi-owned Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. “Some of the [cell] members are affiliated with Al-Qaeda in Yemen,” he said, referring to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The group had planned bomb attacks on targets in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other states in the region, rather than setting out to assassinate individuals, Khalfan added.

This month, local media announced that UAE authorities had arrested 11 Egyptian residents suspected of links to Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

The case has sparked a sharp deterioration of relations between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, which had already been strained since the election of Brotherhood candidate Mohammad Mursi as Egyptian president last June.

The Gulf country has rejected a request from Egypt for the release of its nationals. Membership of a political party is banned in the United Arab Emirates.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-10/201588-uae-quizzing-women-linked-to-detained-islamists.ashx#ixzz2HYTbWaTT

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Women in developing countries lag in Internet use, says Intel report

10 JAN, 2013

WASHINGTON: More needs to be done to boost women's and girl's lagging online access, tech giant Intel Corp said in a report to be released later on Thursday that calls for doubling the number of female Internet users in developing nations over the next three years.

The report, funded by the global chipmaker with input from the United Nations and US State Department, among others, points to stubborn gaps in women's access to the Internet in Africa, the Middle East and other developing parts of the world.

It found women are nearly 25 per cent less likely than men to be online in those regions, and called on policymakers and technology companies to take steps such as making it easier to access the Internet on mobile phones, allowing free mobile content and boosting digital literacy to shrink the gap.

Surveys and interviews with more than 2,200 women and girls focused on four developing countries - Egypt, India, Mexico and Uganda - found that Internet access was critical for women to earn more money or search and apply for jobs.

"With the powerful capabilities the Internet enables - to connect, to learn, to engage, to increase productivity, and to find opportunities - women's lack of access is giving rise to a second digital divide, one where women and girls risk being left further and further behind," said Melanne Verveer, ambassador for global women's issues at the State Department.

Although the United States and other developed nations see fairly high levels of overall Internet access and usage among women, some gaps remain, mostly in rural areas or among the poor.

In the developing world, however, the gap is far wider. Just 11 per cent of men and women in India have Internet access compared to 79 per cent in the United States, said Shelly Esque, a vice president for the chipmaker and president of its educational foundation.

Thursday's report shows 600 million women in developing nations, or 21 per cent, are online now, and another 450 million are expected to gain Internet access by 2016. But taking extra steps could help bring an additional 150 million women and girls online over the next three years, the report said.

GOOD FOR GLOBAL ECONOMY Esque pointed to the role technology played in the Arab Spring revolts, particularly in Egypt.

"Information was such a powerful tool," she told Reuters. "What would be the potential for a country like that if they were able to have more equal access? We need to work on that."

A UN Human Rights Council resolution last year recognized the power of the Internet to spur progress and encouraged countries to promote and facilitate access to it.

Still, many women surveyed by Intel cited barriers ranging from the belief that Internet use was not "appropriate" for them to the cost of getting connected. Illiteracy and lack of awareness about potential uses also were factors.

Increased access would not only improve women's lives but also boost the global economy, according to Intel's report.

It would add between $50 billion and $70 billion in potential new market opportunities, the report said. It could also bring another $13 billion to $18 billion each year globally to the market value of goods and services - a measure known as gross domestic product or GDP.

The findings by the Santa Clara, California-based company aim to encourage other technology companies, policymakers and nongovernmental groups to take steps to get more women and girls online, it said.

"Without access to the Internet, women lack access to its tools, resources and opportunities," the report said. "This gap disadvantages not just women, but their families, communities and countries."

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/women-in-developing-countries-lag-in-internet-use-says-intel-report/articleshow/17965399.cms

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Ahmedabad, Converted to Islam woman killed by Pakistani husband

Satish Jha

Jan 10 2013

Ahmedabad: A 39-year-old woman from Ahmedabad, who had moved to Karachi in 2000 after marrying a Pakistani national, has allegedly been killed by her husband, her family claimed on Wednesday.

In August last year, The Indian Express had reported that the woman, Shabnam Khan, wanted to return home from Pakistan. She had told this newspaper on August 29, 2012 that she was never allowed to step outside her husband’s house. Shabnam, earlier known as Shirley Ann Hodges, had converted to Islam to marry Gul Mohammad Khan in 1998.

Shabnam’s family members claimed they came to know about the reported incident on Wednesday.

“I came to know about it today morning through an email (sent by a Pakistan Human Rights Commission official) that she was shot dead on December 4. We are clueless about everything as there is no official confirmation. We don’t know whether it’s true or a hoax. I am worried about my two young nieces,” said Noel Hodges, Shabnam’s brother.

“Later today, I called up investigating officer of the case sub-inspector Mehboob Ali who confirmed the news. He told me that my brother-in-law was lodged at Malir jail in Karachi,” said Hodges.

Hodges added that he last spoke to his sister through video-chat on Skype on December 3. Shabnam had reportedly been telling her family members in Ahmedabad through video calls that she wanted to return.

He claimed that the email he received on Wednesday was signed by one Abdul Hai, a PHRC official. The email said Shabnam had been killed, it did not mention how and whether her two daughters were safe, Hodges said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ahmedabad-woman-killed-by-husband-in-pak-claims-family/1057067/

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Three Kurdish Women Found Shot Dead in Paris

January 10, 2013

Paris. The bodies of three Kurdish women who appeared to have died from gunshots to the head were found early on Thursday at the Kurdish Institute in Paris, a police source said.

An employee of the institute told French media that one of the women killed was Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.

“There is no doubt this was politically motivated,” Berivan Akyol, the employee, told i<Tele television.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/three-kurdish-women-found-shot-dead-in-paris/565260

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Women Questioned Over Links to Secret Ring, Plotting Against the UAE

Prosecutors started questioning leaders of the ‘women’s branch of the organisation’

January 9, 2013

Abu Dhabi: The State Attorney-General has started investigations with women in a secret organisation accused of plotting against the UAE.

Salim Saeed Kubaish, the State Attorney-General, said the Public Prosecution has started investigations into female leaders of what is called the ‘women’s branch’ of the organisation.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/women-questioned-over-links-to-secret-ring-1.1130183

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Malala Honoured With Key French Award

10 January 2013

PARIS: The Taleban must accept peace talks as their mission has failed, the father of Malala Yousafzai said yesterday, accepting a key French award for the Pakistani schoolgirl shot for campaigning for girls’ education. In an impassioned speech after accepting the Simone de Beauvoir Prize on behalf of his daughter, Ziauddin Yousafzai said Malala was supported by the world and by God. “She fell but Pakistan stood up. And the whole world — north, south, east and west — supported her,” he said. “God protected her and protected the cause of humanity and education.” In an attack that shocked the world, Malala was shot in the head by a Taleban hit man as her school bus made its way through the town of Mingora in Pakistan’s north-western Swat Valley in October.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/malala-honored-key-french-award

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Imposing Restrictions on Women Ensures More Violence against Them

10 JAN, 2013,

By: Neeraj Kaushal, Associate Professor, Columbia University

A dress code for women will not create a safer society: not for women, not even for men, and definitely not for children. Restricting women's freedom and mobility will not reduce crime against them. It will marginalise women further, tilt the balance of power further in favour of men and weaken the society.

Full report at:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/comments-analysis/imposing-restrictions-on-

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Women Alarm over Call for Religious Police in Egypt

January 10 2013

By Yasmine Saleh and Shaimaa Fayed, Reuters

Cairo - Many Egyptian viewers were horrified when preacher Hisham el-Ashry recently popped up on primetime television to say women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police.

That an obscure preacher could get publicity for such views was seen as another example of the confused political scene in Egypt since the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak gave birth to a cacophony of feuding voices.

Full report at:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/alarm-over-call-for-religious-police-1.1449335#.UO5z8uRthm4

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Controversy on Separate Rooms for Snoring Couples in Saudi Arabia

By Habib Toumi

 January 9, 2013

Manama: Around 23 per cent of couples in Saudi Arabia sleep in separate bedrooms due to the snoring of at least one spouse, a study indicates.

According to the unofficial study, several of the spouses have, however, complained that the issue had affected their intimacy and even their relations with the larger family, local news site Sabq reported on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/controversy-on-separate-rooms-for-snoring-couples-in-saudi-arabia-1.1129765

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Women’s Group in Lebanon Demands Role in Electoral Debate

January 10, 2013              

BEIRUT: The National Commission for Lebanese Women expressed their concerns over the exclusion of women’s rights organizations from the current debate over a new electoral law, the National News Agency reported. In an open letter addressed to Speaker Nabih Berri, the commission demanded that the parliamentary subcommittee meet with the commission members to hear their opinions. The letter said: “We are very concerned over delay in reaching a new electoral law, especially when the issue of women’s rights is absent from the entire process that led to a new electoral law.” They reminded lawmakers that Lebanon is bound by its constitution and international agreements to respect women’s rights.

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jan-10/201603-womens-group-demands-role-in-electoral-debate.ashx#ixzz2HYTWx6vy

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Indian-American makes move to change California law on rape

Jan 09 2013

Washington : Indian-American Attorney General of California Kamala Harris and State lawmakers have joined hands to overturn a 140-year-old law under which a rape would be considered only if the victim is married.

The move comes after a three-year-old rape conviction was overturned by a Los Angeles court last week because California's law would have only considered the woman a victim if she had been married.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indianamerican-makes-move-to-change-california-law-on-rape/1056869/

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Hope and despair for women in Islamic states

10 JAN, 2013

It is a fact that violence against women is a global challenge. As often as stories of heroism, best practices and positive developments led by women are commended, we often find ourselves frustrated in the face of horrible acts targeting them. Honour killings, child marriages, restricting education of girls, and female genital mutilation represent only some of the challenges that girls and women have to endure in the least developed and developing countries, including OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) member states. We are learning that ignorance perpetuated by local and tribal traditions, often disguised as religious teachings is the real source of these dismal acts. For instance, resistance against polio vaccination can be explained by such a contemptuous ignorance by a few misguided local tribal and religious leaders despite all awareness raising efforts.

Full report at:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/09/hope-and-despair-for-women-in-islamic-states/

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Women in post-war Afghanistan have long road ahead

BY KEVIN MCCRACKEN, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

JAN 08, 2013

For most Australians the feeling is the sooner we get out of the Afghanistan war the better. Hopefully without the loss of any further soldiers.

While it will be good to get the troops home and the government will no doubt spin the line of how successful the deployment has been, we should have no doubt that post-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan will be a very difficult place. Not just in terms of the country’s obvious ongoing political fragility, but also with respect to its socio-cultural environment and in particular, the subordinate situation of women.

Full report at:

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/opinions/women-in-post-war-afghanistan-have-long-road-ahead/201301071401

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Manager of a Dubai 5 Star Hotel Jailed For 3 Months for Molesting Workmate

By Bassam Za’za’, Legal

January 9, 2013

Dubai: A manager at a five star hotel, who was accused of untying the straps of his workmate’s bra and molesting her, failed to win his acquittal on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Egyptian manager, S.T., lost his legal battle before the Dubai Appeal Court that upheld his three-month imprisonment.

The court convicted the defendant of molesting his 28-year-old Emirati workmate by touching her shoulder and pulling the straps of her bra from the backside.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/manager-jailed-for-3-months-for-molesting-workmate-1.1130153

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Murder of Canadian woman : LHC orders police to arrest main accused

January 10, 2013

LAHORE: Justice Sardar Tariq Masood of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed police to arrest main accused in the murder case of a Canadian national woman, Rajvinder Kaur Gill.

The court issued the directive while disposing of a petition by a Canadian national, Sikandar Singh Gill, seeking recovery of his daughter who went missing since she arrived in Pakistan on August 25 last year.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C01%5C08%5Cstory_8-1-2013_pg13_6

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