New Age Islam News Bureau
26 Dec 2012
• Pak Christian Congress Demands Justice for Six Years Old Hindu Girl Victim of Rape
• India: 60 Per Cent of Cases of Domestic Dispute Come From Muslim Families
• Iran Pays Russian Women to Cover Up In Nuclear Plant
• Saudi literary club rejects gender segregation
• India Must Ensure Security of Women: Pakistani Daily
• Laws Hurting Bangladesh Women Linger on the Books
• Jeddah: CPVPV Says It Needs Women Employees
• Female Afghan Police Attacker Is Iranian Says Official
• Missing Emirati Girl Reunited With Her Family
• Time Running Out For Cancer-Stricken Woman In Abu Dhabi
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Photo: Iran Pays Russian Women to Cover Up In Nuclear Plant
In Pakistan Brothers Killed Married Sister for Honour
December 26, 2012
LAHORE – Two men shot dead their 20-year-old sister for contracting marriage against the will of the family in Manga Mandi, police said on Tuesday.
Ambreen Bibi was residing along with her husband, Muhammad Ashraf, in a house in the Manga Mandi.
On the day of incident, Asghar along with his elder brother stormed the house and opened straight fire on their sister. The killers fled away from the crime scene, police investigators said, adding, the deceased was present alone at the house when the gunmen entered and opened gunfire.
The woman had contracted marriage with the man of her choice about seven months ago.
She was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead.
The police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating with no arrest made so far. A murder case has been registered against brothers of the deceased.
Found dead: Two men were recovered dead from the Nishtar Colony and Sanda police areas on Tuesday. Police said that both the men, unidentified so far, were apparently drug addicts, who died of sever cold.
The police have removed the bodies to the morgue and are investigating.
Pak Christian Congress Demands Justice for Six Years Old Hindu Girl Victim of Rape
December 26, 2012
Lahore: December 23, 2012. (PCP) Mr. Sardar Mushtaq Gill Advocate, President of Pakistan Congress Lahore Council and Chief of LEAD have demanded justice for 6 years old Hindu girl who was raped in interior Sindh and rapists are still at large.
Mr. Gill said that he is not satisfied with the investigation of police in case of little girl Hindu girl Vijanti and demanded for a special team to ensure justice.
On 4th December 2012 six year old Vijanti Meghwar was brutally raped in Ghulam Nabi Shah village, district Taluka Pithoro Umerkot in remote district of Sindh province of Pakistan. Vijanti belongs to the Meghwar community of the country’s minority Hindu population. She was found unconscious and lying in the street. Such a heinous crime was made easier by the fact that the Meghwars are Hindu and therefore powerless and helpless against mass intolerance and bigotry.
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60 per cent of cases come from Muslim families: Lady police officer,
Girls most responsible for family break-ups
New Age Islam Edit Desk
A few days ago, an RTI reply showed that Muslims outnumber their non-Muslim counterparts in Indian jails while they are in a minority in the country. This speaks of the social, educational and economic backwardness of the Muslim community in the country. But in another shocking disclosure by a lady police station in-charge of Meerut, Rita Shukla, another truth has surfaced that the Muslim domestic fabric is also disintegrating fast. In an informal chat with a newspaper, she said that 60 per cent of the cases of domestic dispute come from Muslim families. It is all the more disturbing that a large number of the cases come from literate families.
She also observed that in most cases it were the girls who were responsible for the break-ups, and the families, instead of trying to reach a solution at home resort to the legal process and the police station has to get involved in solving personal issues of the families or of the husband and wife. She rues the fact that the women have become very selfish as they want to live separately with the husband, thereby breaking the family. The girls today do not want to live under the ambit of the joint family system and want independence. She says that the lady police station holds counselling camps for the family disputes every month in which they solve 40 to 50 cases of marital discords. She also says that most of the cases are of dowry,
bride burning, divorce and separation and family break-up. The sixty percent of Muslim family disputes will actually amount to a higher percentage when compared to their population in the city while such cases of family disputes only form 40 per cent of the majority community population. This is a very alarming aspect of the Muslim society of UP in particular and in the
country in general. Ms Rita Shukla further disclosed that when they ask a married girl what she wants as a solution of her dispute with her in-laws, she says she wants to live with her husband separately. This reflects the lack of family bonding or harmony between the bride and the in-laws as she does not want to respect or serve her father-in-law or mother-in-law. She has become a self-centred individual in contrast to the brides of the earlier times when after the death of the mother-in-law the bahu would become the power centre of the family till her death as a mother-in-law.
The revelations though are not new but there have been many surveys that show that Muslims lag behind other communities in education, economic condition and employment and for this they blame a biased and communal system. But what about the disintegration of the family values of the Muslims they boast of so much citing the teachings of their religion about the fair treatment and respect to be given to the family members and a peaceful settlement of all the family disputes in the privacy of the household. Nowadays, Muslim families do not hesitate to go the police station for the smallest grievance they have with their spouses or the in-laws or other family members.
The situation is the same with the young members of Muslim families. It is said that lack of education, unemployment and social support is the cause of the rising criminality of the Muslim youth. Can poverty be a cause of crime in Muslim community? Off course, no. Lack of moral, religious and social values lead to crimes in Muslim community. The problem is that the social fabric of the Muslim society has disintegrated and the basic teachings of Islamic values is not imparted in Muslim households. Though Muslims theoretically regard themselves superior to non-Muslims, in practise they do not show any effort to prove themselves better in terms of moral or ethical values. The youth are let loose to do whatever they want without holding them accountable for their acts, deeds and company they have.
The only concern of the family is how they earn and bring home money. This often encourages the youth to do whatever they think they can to earn money ignoring the teachings of their religion about the importance of lawful livelihood.
The religious organisations of Muslims most often organise Isalah-e-muashra conferences in which money spent on them ranges from a few thousand rupees to Rs 25 lakh. Our scholars deliver speeches praising our religious traditions and the superiority of the community over others in bold and some time threatening words to be greeted with loud applause from the Muslim audiences. But on the ground level, the situation remains the same. The foundation work for reform of the society is never done.
What Muslims are most concerned is the threat their respective sects face from the opponent sect.
The need of the hour is to sit back and take initiatives at the local or grassroots level to repair the damage caused to our social fabric and this can be collectively achieved by active participation of all sections --- the religious scholars, pesh imams of our mosques, social activists and intellectuals -- leaving aside superficial and imaginary problems and threats to the community.
Iran Pays Russian Women to Cover Up In Nuclear Plant
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Tuesday 25 December 2012
TEHRAN: Iran is paying Russian women working as technicians at its sole nuclear power plant to adhere to the Islamic dress code, an Iranian lawmaker told the ISNA news agency yesterday.
Women in Iran, regardless of their nationality or religion, are required to cover their hair and much of the body. Those who do not abide by the rule may face arrest or other punishment.
"Based on contracts signed with female Russian employees at the Bushehr (nuclear) power plant, they receive a hijab payment," MP Mehdi Mousavinejad, who represents a constituency in southern Bushehr province, told ISNA.
"Unfortunately, they do not properly observe what is (asked of them), which is mentioned in the contracts," he said, while criticizing authorities for a lax oversight on Russians working at the plant.
Mousavinejad also called on Russians to fulfil their "commitments".
"When one party accepts to pay an amount for a commitment, it is important for the other party to fulfil its commitments."
He did not how much money was paid, or how many female technicians are working at the Bushehr nuclear plant.
Russia took over as the main contractor at Bushehr in the mid-90s, but the plant is yet to be fully operational and connected to Iran's national grid.
Saudi literary club rejects gender segregation
Some male attendees threatened to leave the room if women were not removed
By Habib Toumi, Bureau ChiefPublished: 12:17 December 26, 2012
Manama: The head of the Jeddah Literary Club has ruled out banning women from sitting in the same hall as men during the club’s activities as requested by some people.
“People have the right to voice their views and the club also has the right to make the decision it sees fit,” Abdullah Al Sulami said. “Whoever wants to attend our activities is most welcome to do so, but those who feel that they are not in line with their convictions may leave. The club is for all and we welcome all people,” he said, quoted by local Arabic daily Al Madina on Wednesday.
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India Must Ensure Security of Women: Pakistani Daily
26 DECEMBER 2012
The Indian government should do "something serious and long lasting to bring about an atmosphere that is conducive for women to live in peace and security in India", said a Pakistani daily following the rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi.
An editorial in the Daily Times Wednesday said that women have shed their restraint and are now more vocal about their rights, especially when it comes to self-esteem and the right to live with dignity.
"The gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, that too in a moving bus, has ignited anger of unprecedented proportions in a society where people seldom talk about rape, leave alone protest against the crime," said the daily.
The victim is still struggling for her life.
The editorial said: "Rapists generally go scot-free primarily because of the reluctance of the victim to come forward, as well as the attitudes permeating the law enforcement agencies and society at large."
"...The mistreatment and abuse of women is a particular problem in Delhi and northern India," it added.
The daily noted that a "stiflingly patriarchal social mindset, a brazen culture of male power, a general disdain for law, a largely insensitive police force and a rising population of rootless, lawless migrants are only some of the reasons" for crime.
It went on to say that "unless you are rich, you are more than likely to face humiliation and indignity in India".
"Rape incidents are blamed on pornography, the increasing influence of western culture, women wearing western dresses and going out with male friends. This line of contention is no more acceptable to the people and they want the culture of rape eradicated, which has become an instrument of social and sexual intimidation used against women," it added.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to appear on national TV to request the protestors to stay calm.
"However, the general resentment does not seem to be poised to disappear any time soon unless the Indian government really does something serious and long lasting to bring about an atmosphere that is conducive for women to live in peace and security in India," the daily added.
Laws Hurting Bangladesh Women Linger on the Books
By Aruna Kashyap
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Successive governments in Bangladesh have allowed harsh, discriminatory personal laws to persist. After a year of interviews, Aruna Kashyap finds women trapped in abusive marriages or propelled into poverty after divorce or separation.
(WOMENSENEWS)--Sitara S. (she and the other women requested anonymity) is a Muslim woman living in Bangladesh. She gave her husband her earnings so he could get a driver's license, earn a better income and support the family. Soon after he learned to drive and got a job as a chauffeur, he vanished. She contacted the police and was shocked to learn that her husband had summarily divorced her. They showed her a copy of a divorce notice that he supposedly served her.
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Jeddah: CPVPV Says It Needs Women Employees
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Wednesday 26 December 2012
The chief of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Abdul Latif Al-Asheikh, announced the commencement of establishing a department for women staff in the commission.
He said the presidency had signed 17 memorandums of cooperation with universities, another five with government bodies, and activated five research chairs funded by the commission. At the same time, he stressed the need for women employees.
In an open meeting at King Abdullah Cultural Center in Sakaka city, he said the commission had set up committees to handle new media through its vision to achieve its mission and objectives.
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Female Afghan Police Attacker Is Iranian Says Official
25 Dec 2012
The female Afghan police officer who shot dead a NATO adviser in Kabul is an Iranian national who wanted to kill senior security members, officials said Tuesday.
On Monday an Afghan police officer opened fire on a NATO civilian adviser inside police headquarters, killing the adviser who sources said was American.
It was the first "insider" attack by a woman in a series of such attacks, which have seriously undermined trust between NATO forces and their Afghan allies in the fight against hardline Islamist Taliban insurgents.
The officer, named only as Nargis, was later arrested and prosecuted by the police.
"Our investigation shows that Nargis is an Iranian national. After her marriage with an Afghan she managed to obtain an Afghan ID illegally and joined the police," interior ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told reporters in Kabul.A
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Missing Emirati girl reunited with her family
December 25, 2012
Dubai: The 15-year-old Emirati girl, Khadija Mohammad Saeed Al Hadrami, who went missing from Malaysia, was found on Tuesday. A Palestinian man is being questioned in connection to the incident, an official said.
Nasser Abdullah Salman Al Aboudi, UAE’s Ambassador to Malaysia, told Gulf News that the girl has been reunited with her family. He added that a 22-year- -old Palestinian man was being held and interrogated by the Malaysian police.
Al Aboudi said that the man was using the girl’s phone to send instant text messages to her family and he was also impersonating her. On Tuesday, the man finally contacted the father and asked to meet him at a shopping mall.
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Time running out for cancer-stricken woman in Abu Dhabi
December 26, 2012
Abu Dhabi: The mother of a young cancer-stricken Abu Dhabi woman has said the window of opportunity to treat her is closing fast even as a match has been found for a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant (BMT).
Filipina Rosalie Masinas said a long-awaited BMT donor match has finally been found in Sweden for her leukaemia-afflicted daughter Sarah, 20. But the family is unable to arrange the procedure due to a lack of funds.
Leukaemia is an often fatal cancer of the blood cells. Masinas said Sarah’s BMT is expected to cost Dh600,000 to Dh800,000.
The Filipina phone operator said she has managed to raise about Dh40,000 by selling custom-made cancer-awareness T-shirts and another Dh50,000 from contributions.
“There’s no option for BMT in the UAE and we’re trying to get Sarah treated in either of two hospitals in India or Singapore authorised to accept the match from Sweden and carry out the BMT.
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