New Age Islam News Bureau
27 Dec 2012
• Headscarved Bosnian Mayor Proud To Show Success of Muslim Woman
• Teacher and Her Daughter Raped and Killed In Pakistan
• Acid Attack on Two Women in Sherpur, Pakistan in a Land Dispute
• Societal Changes Making Savages Out Of Men, Say Women Activists Iran denies Russian women workers paid to cover up
• 250 Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers Refuse to Take Part in Polio Drive
• 2,000 Pakistani Women Die of Eclampsia Every Year
• Office of General Services for Women Gets Ministry Nod, In Saudi Arab
• Women’s Clamour for Basic Facilities Mars PPP Meeting
• A Woman in Pakistan 'commits suicide' because of Husband’s Torture
• Parties Still Discriminating Against Women, Says University Of Indonesia Study
• Turkish Religious Affairs head calls on Muslims to help Syria
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Photo: A woman cries while sitting next to the body of her daughter, a worker in the anti-polio drive, in an ambulance outside Jinnah Hospital in Karachi
Saudi Labour Ministry Faces Storm of Opposition over Working Women
RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Thursday 27 December 2012
A stormy discussion on working women between Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and a group of 200 persons who call themselves Mohtasebon (volunteers to promote virtue) raged on Tuesday at the ministry headquarters for more than an hour. The group advised the minister to reconsider his decision.
“Women are allowed to work, according to the Shariah. Since the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), women have been buying and selling in the markets, and it is the right of our women to have the opportunities to do decent jobs,” the minister said.
The group accused the minister of violating the highest authority in the Kingdom, the Board of Senior Ulema, describing the decision as “corrupt and debauched.”
The minister, on his part, acknowledged there were some mistakes that would be dealt with in the coming days, adding that his ministry had moved women working on open streets to an organized sector and is charged and trusted with the employment of women according to defined controls, so that they live a good, honest life with integrity.
The group based its allegations on three points, said the minister. The first is that they are against women working in the retail sector in general. Second is the existence of many irregularities, to which the minister said: “We are annoyed, but humans are exposed to errors. Also, we are not responsible for the wrong practices of employers.” He said all parties concerned should join efforts to prevent any errors and correct them if they happen.
The third point is that citizens accused him of bad intentions as well as working toward the alienation of women. “Only God knows the intentions of humans,” he replied.
The minister referred to the closure of some big commercial centers for violating the guidelines on women’s work. “This confirms the approach of the ministry to punish the offenders. Recently, we added a number of inspectors to support the ministry’s work by following up the markets and monitoring them, as well as setting up a free phone line and e-mail to receive any complaints.”
He did not elaborate on the case filed against the ministry, explaining the court would rule between the two disputing parties.
“The right and civilized way to object to our decisions is through the court of grievances and the administrative court, which rules on issues relating to ministries and government departments. We will comply to the court decision only,” said the minister.
He announced a number of initiatives for women the ministry intends to launch during the coming period, such as telework for women, part-time jobs, and the productive families program.
Headscarved Bosnian mayor proud to show success of Muslim woman
11 December 2012
Europe's first mayor wearing headscarf Amra Babich said she was proud to show the success of a Muslim woman.
Babich, mayor of Visoko city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, told AA on Tuesday that she was proud of being elected a headscarved woman mayor.
It is giving me honor to show what a Muslim woman is capable of doing, she said.
I'm trying to show that a Muslim woman could be successful in life while fulfilling religious practices too, said Babich.
Babich, who visited Turkey for the first time after being elected as mayor, said that Muslim women, who were exerting efforts to be successful in life, deserved world's respect.
Noting that she was an example for other headscarved women, Babich expressed belief that examples like her would increase.
She said that participation of women in administrations was very important, adding that there were many successful headscarved women in Bosnia.
Babich said that she paid a visit to Turkey in order to show that Visoko municipality's doors were open to Turkish entrepreneurs.
Babich got 29,39 of votes in Visoko municipality elections which she ran as a candidate of Democratic Movement Party (SDA) that was founded by former president Alija Izzetbegovich. SDA has won the local elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina taking 34 municipalities out of 125.
Teacher and Her Daughter Raped and Killed In Pakistan
December 27, 2012
BAHAWALPUR - A female teacher and her daughter were raped and killed after being kidnapped by unidentified men here on Wednesday.
According to the details, a female teacher Maqboolan Bibi, a resident of Chak no150DP, along with her seven-year-old daughter Faiza Bibi and 15-year-old son Zohaib went to the shrine of Chanan Pir where they were abducted.
Kidnappers killed the teacher and her daughter after raping them while her son was still missing. Police found dead bodies of Maqboolan Bibi and Faiza Bibi near Chanan Pir who were killed by cutting their throats.
PRO to DPO Muhammad Imran told the Nation that police had lodged an FIR 302PPC/365PPC/34PPC against the criminals on the complaint of Maqboolan Bibi’s Brother Muhammad Maqbool Hussain in Police Station Yazman Sadder and police were searching the criminals.
Brother of the deceased Maqboolan Bibi told the Nation that they had no enmity and did not know why his sister and her niece were murdered while her nephew Zohaib was still missing.
He further informed that Maqboolan Bibi’s husband Aashiq Hussain worked in Saudia Arabia.
IUB COLLEGE PRAISED: Punjab Livestock Secretary Muhammad Irfan Elahi has expressed satisfaction over the performance and progress of the IUB's Veterinary College and said that the college has been fulfilling the demands of livestock and dairy in the area effectively.
He remarked during a meeting with IUB VC Dr Muhammad Mukhtar here the other day.
He said that the Veterinary College students can avail all possible practical assistance from the farms of the Livestock Department to gain better knowledge and experience and all possible assistance would be provided to the students.
He also suggested that the Livestock's Jugait Peer Farm would be more suitable for experiments.
On the occasion, the IUB VC informed the Punjab Livestock Secretary that the Veterinary College's students had been performing well in various departments after completion of their studies.
Later, IUB VC presented a shield to the Punjab Livestock Secretary on this occasion.
Acid Attack On Two Women In Sherpur, Pakistan In A Land Dispute
December 27, 2012
Two women sustained severe burn injuries as rivals threw acid on them as a sequel to a land dispute at Haldibata village in Jhenigati upazila of the district early Tuesday.
The victims were identified as Khaleda, 40, wife of Hasen Ali, and her sister-in-law (husband's sister) Phulesa Begum of the village.
Locals said, there had been a longstanding dispute between Hasen Ali and Akhter Ali, sons of Salam Mia of the Haldibata village, over a piece of 30 decimal homestead lands.
The day before the fateful night, Akhter along with police went to take possession of the land but failed even producing the documents he had.
Later in the dead of night on Monday, Akhter and his men entered the house of Hasen Ali and threw acid on Khaleda and her husband's sister Phulesa when they were asleep in their rooms.
Different parts of their bodies, including faces and eyes, were severely burnt.
They were rushed to Sherpur Sadar Hospital.
Khaleda, lying on her hospital bed, said that Akhter along with Joynal and Noor Islam threw acid on her and Phulesa entering their house after midnight on Monday.
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of the hospital DMA Samad said, Khaleda's one eye and left side of Phulesa's face were badly damaged due to acid attack.
Officer in-charge of Jhenigati police station Belayet Hossain said, nobody lodged any complaint with them in connection with the incident.
Societal Changes Making Savages Out Of Men, Say Women Activists
By Shailvee Sharda
Dec 27, 2012
LUCKNOW: It was a big mistake Shabana a teen-aged girl made when she went out to buy samosas for guests in her home, in a remote village of Fatehpur district. Four youths of her neighbourhood kidnapped her and took her to the place of one of the accused. One by one, they raped her as she cried for help. When they finished, they told the girl to "keep her mouth shut" and forget what they did. When Shabana refused to do so, the men poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze. Three days after the incident, the girl died at a hospital in Kanpur. Her parents are still looking for an answer...
Sex selection behind rapes: Social activist and anti-sex selection crusader Dr Neelam Singh offers a reason. "Missing girls is at the root of such incidents," she said. Her logic is supported duly by statistics. Over the last two decades, number of girls per 1,000 boys, the child sex ratio, has reduced in Uttar Pradesh. In 1991, the sex ratio for UP stood at 927. It slipped to 916 in 2001 and stands at 899 as per the 2011 census report. In 20 years, sex ratio recorded a dip of 28 points. Singh is not the only one to suggest so. Vice chairperson, state women commission, Haryana which has a sex ratio of 880 said the same.
Naturally, there are fewer women than men, the equation being 954 women per 1,000 men. Experts attribute the gap to the fact that survival rate of girl child is better than of boys. Keeping the natural sex ratio in mind, there are 899 girls for 1,000 boys. Thus, 101 men in every 1,000 will not have a partner.
On the other hand, rate of crime against women has increased significantly. Compared to 1,417 rapes in 1991, UP recorded 2,048 in 2011. A quantum increase in categories of molestation and eve-teasing has also been noted by the National Crime Record Bureau. In fact, in the last 11 months starting January 2012, as many as 1,591 rape cases have been reported in the state.
Bride buying, return of polyandry prove the point: Though planned studies to establish a direct association between rise in crime and declining sex ratio are yet to be undertaken, experts like Neelam Singh vouch for it through random case studies. Her colleague Anjani Somvanshi, who has document several field studies on consequences of skewed sex selection in the society, has several case studies to offer. "Many villages in districts of western UP are facing a female drought. Young males of marriageable age and older are not able to find a suitable match. The natural desire for sex is undeniable. To accomplish this natural instinct, some men who are financially strong, spend money and buy a bride from less privileged communities in Orissa, Jharkhand, Bengal to lead a normal life," he shares. T Sabu George, the pioneer of save the girl child campaign, says rapes tend to find an association with men who cannot afford to buy a bride and get frustrated, like in the case of loot or robbery. "The vacuum is manifest n the form of subconscious but desperate moves like rape," he explained. In the same places, polyandry - woman with many husbands - was prevalent.
Male mindset adds to the frustration: Adding to the natural gap and frustration is the mindset of the Indian man, 60% of whom are always ready for sex as per International Men And Gender Quality Survey 2011. Over 24% of Indian men interviewed in the study admitted to having committed sexual violence at some point in time while only 17% belonged to the gender-just category. The men opined women need to be beaten up at times and had clear-cut notions about the roles of women (she should for example bring up children, take care of the kitchen and household). Certain women organisations cite the survey stating, "The psyche of Indian men is traditional. They have not been able to adapt themselves to changing times the way women have."
Slow justice adds to crisis: According to the state police department data, as many as 13,001 rape cases are pending in various courts. This when no less than 10 rape cases are reported in the state on a daily basis. Significantly, out of the 13,207 cases, the courts disposed of merely 206 cases and 137 persons facing rape charges were let off due to lack of evidence or the witnesses turning hostile. Roop Rekha Verma, founder member of Saajhi Dunia, shares that many victims lose their patience and want to give up when their case is pending for long.
New-age avatar of women: What could be the reason behind surge in cases of gang-rape like that of Shabana? Answering the question, head of sociology department at a government degree college, Anshu Kedia, said slowly but steadily, position of women is improving. "The access to education and awareness about her rights has infused a sense of confidence in her. So, men probably know they won't be able to grab her if they go alone," she stated. Anshu agreed with the opinion of Dr Neelam Singh.
Iran denies Russian women workers paid to cover up
26 December 2012
Iran on Wednesday denied statements by a lawmaker that it is paying Russian women working as technicians at its sole nuclear power plant to adhere to the Islamic dress code, the Fars news agency reported.
"Based on the reports we got from our local office and the governor's office in Bushehr, hijab payment for Russian women is absolutely not true," Hassan Ghashghavi, deputy foreign minister in charge of consular affairs, was quoted as saying.
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250 Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers Refuse to Take Part in Polio Drive
27 December 2012
RAWALPINDI, Dec 26: Terrified by the murders of nine vaccinators last week, more than 250 lady health workers (LHW) in the garrison city have dissociated themselves from the three-day short interval additional dose (SIAD) campaign for polio immunisation starting in 63 union councils of the district from Thursday.
“LHWs will not take part in the campaign in three districts of Punjab — Rawalpindi, Lahore and Faisalabad — even in police protection as we cannot put our lives at risk,” said All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association Chairperson Bushra Araeen told Dawn.
After the killing, majority of the vaccinators in this part of the country had refused to take part in SIAD campaign without police protection.
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2,000 Pakistani Women Die Of Eclampsia Every Year
By: Asma Ghani
December 26, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Around 2,000 women die of Eclampsia each year in Pakistan during pregnancies due to absence of comprehensive guidelines and trainings at all three levels of healthcare hospitals.
These precious lives can be saved if pregnancy induced hypertension is diagnosed and treated at the earliest. Lives of many women can be saved if pregnancy induced hypertension is treated at the earliest, all hypertensive patients are monitored for Preeclampsia and severe Preeclampsia is treated with Magnesium Sulphate.
Dr Rizwana Chaudhry, senior gynaecologist at Holy Family Hospital, shared the information with health journalists who were engaged for media sensitisation and training on reporting health and reproductive health.
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Office of General Services for Women Gets Ministry Nod, In Saudi Arab
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Thursday 27 December 2012, The Ministry of Trade and Industry has have approved the registering of an office of general services or “Ataqeeb” for women, a ministry representative told a local newspaper.
Businesswoman Hanan Madani is pleased with the decision and said it is an excellent first step by the Ministry of Commerce. She hopes it will be followed by further decisions to allow women to own, manage and operate in fields they are currently not allowed in. She believes their contribution will contribute significantly to the Kingdom’s economic development.
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Women’s clamour for basic facilities mars PPP meeting
December 27, 2012
RAHIM YAR KHAN – The women, who were brought to a PPP convention also attended by Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira with a promise to give them Banezir cards, created rumpus during the meeting as they started clamouring for provision of basic facilities such as gas, electricity and potable in their area.
When Kaira reached the venue late, the women gathered around the PPP leaders including Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and told them if they were not provided with the basic facilities, they would not vote for the PPP candidates.
The women’s convention was organised by PPP Women Wing President Baigum Tasneem Fazli in connection with death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.
Addressing a press conference at the residence of MNA Javed Iqbal Warraich, Kaira said how a person (Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif) holding 22 provincial ministries can become a Khadam or servant of the Punjab. He said that the nation did not need any conspirator but a political leader. He said that whenever the PML-N faced hard times, the PPP supported it and now they were conspiring against the PPP.
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A Woman in Pakistan 'commits suicide' because of Husband’s Torture
December 27, 2012
A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in the capital's Turag yesterday.
The dead, Taslima Akhter Dolly, 20, lived in Ahalia Dakhhin Para with her husband Mosharraf Hossain.
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Parties Still Discriminating Against Women, Says University Of Indonesia Study
December 27 2012
Despite numerous rules and regulations requiring political parties to promote gender equality, a recent study by the University of Indonesia has found that parties in the country have continued with discriminatory policies against women.
The study found that gender equality remained a non-issue for the country’s major political parties.
Reports from the study entitled “Political parties and half-hearted gender strategies” said that the three major political parties surveyed — the Democratic Party, the Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) — deliberately slighted the interests of women in politics.
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Turkish Religious Affairs head calls on Muslims to help Syria
26 December 2012
Chairman of Turkey's Religious Affairs Department Prof. Mehmet Gormez said, "I call on all Muslims regardless of their belief and sect, to support the aid campaigns for Syria." Gormez stated that they faced with a human tragedy following the civil conflict in Syria, with many children facing threat of death due to hunger or lack of medicine.
Gormez also said people should extend a helping hand to the children and women in Syria, calling on all nongovernmental organizations to support the campaign.
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