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Karachi Court Issues Warrants for Cleric in Rape, Abduction And Illicit Marriage Of An Underage Christian Girl

New Age Islam News Bureau

24 October 2020

 • How a Young Saudi Female Engineer Broke Into GE’s Male-Dominated Environment

• Saudi Arabia to Establish Future Women’s Civil Association

• Iran Transfers 66-Year-Old German Iranian Woman to Notorious Evin Prison: Reports

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



 Karachi Court Issues Warrants for Cleric in Rape, Abduction And Illicit Marriage Of An Underage Christian Girl

Naeem Sahoutara

23 Oct 2020


Police has booked five suspects in the case pertaining to the alleged abduction and rape of the girl - AP Photo


A Karachi court has taken cognisance of the marriage of an underage Christian girl, who was allegedly abducted and raped after being forcibly converted to Islam, it emerged on Friday.

The judge issued bailable warrants for the arrest of cleric Qazi Mufti Ahmed Jaan Raheemi — who allegedly performed the marriage of the girl when she was a teenager, her husband Muhammad Imran and his relatives Muhammad Rehan Baloch, Sundus and Azra. The suspects will be able to secure bail against a surety of Rs10,000 each, according to the judgement.

Police had booked five suspects, including two women, in a case pertaining to the alleged abduction and rape of the girl in Ittehad Town locality. The main suspect, Imran, was subsequently arrested.

The court's order came after the victim lodged a complaint against the suspects — including Imran, Baloch, Sundus, Azra and Raheemi — under Sections 3 (punishment for male contracting party), 4 (punishment for solemnising a child marriage) and 5 (punishment for parent or guardian concerned in a child marriage) of the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013.

The matter came up before judicial magistrate (West) Wajid Ali Channa, who observed that the victim had recorded her statement under Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) while the statements of the witnesses had also been recorded in the case.

The judge noted that the statements of the witnesses duly supported the complainant's statement. “On careful examination of the statements recorded during preliminary inquiry, it appears that the complainant in her statement stated that she is less than 13 years [old] and she was not willing in the nikah with the accused Muhammad Imran.”

He further noted that the “nikah was solemnised without her consent under pressure, coercion and influence. Hence [...] the offence under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013, read with Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1898, is prima facie made out against the accused persons namely Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Rehan, Mst Sundus, Mst Azra and Qazi Mufti Ahmed Jaan Raheemi.”

The judge further observed that under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013, the marriage of either party who is less than 18 years old is prohibited. "In the circumstances, cognisance of the offence under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013, is hereby taken. Let the private complaint be admitted and brought on regular file and registered,” he ordered.

The judge directed the court office to issue bailable warrants for the arrest of the suspects and directed the suspects to ensure their presence before the court on October 26.

The complainant was told to file a list of the witnesses and obtain certified copies of their statements. The court asked the office to also provide copies of the documentary evidence to the suspects by the next date of the hearing.

Case history

In May 2019, three of the five suspects in the cases had easily escaped from the court after an additional district and sessions judge recalled the pre-arrest bail granted to them against a surety of Rs30,000 each.

The judge had noted at the time that according to the case record, the complainant was a minor. Recording her statement before the judicial magistrate, the victim had denied accepting Islam and execution of her free will in performing her nikah with suspect Imran.

The judge further stated that “she deposed that they (suspects) forcibly obtained her signatures on plain papers and the co-accused committed zina with her.”

Initially, a case was registered under Sections 365-B (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel for marriage etc), 376 (punishment for rape), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Ittehad Town police station on the complaint of the victim.


How A Young Saudi Female Engineer Broke Into GE’s Male-Dominated Environment

October 23, 2020


Nour Al-Rammah wrote a manual for everything GE-related made simple for those with no engineering background


JEDDAH: Nour Al-Rammah never expected to work for GE Power because she lacked an engineering degree.

But the Al-Yamamah University graduate managed to overcome this hurdle through perseverance and resourcefulness, as well as writing a 400-page manual for others like her who wanted to work for one of the world’s biggest companies but did not have the technical background.

“I never saw myself reaching there,” she told Arab News, reflecting on her accomplishment of breaking into and succeeding in a competitive and male-dominated environment. “When I studied marketing at university, I expected to land in a marketing company, doing some public relations, marketing and advertising. But I ended up in an engineering company.”

She was born and raised in France until she completed her schooling, returning to Saudi Arabia after 17 years and settling in Riyadh. She attended Al-Yamamah University to study for a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in marketing and finance.

Her path to GE Power, which has been ranked in the Fortune Global 500, was not easy. She wanted to join the company’s elite leadership program, which only selects one candidate in the Kingdom every year. She was rejected the first time she applied. “It’s very difficult to join, and one of the major prerequisites is an engineering background.”

Before that she had taken up a sales and commercial internship with GE Power without really knowing much about the company and what it was offering in the market at the time, although she was familiar with its logo. She had several opportunities that presented themselves to her, but it was the GE Power internship that caught her attention.

“Today in Saudi Arabia, we have more than 500 GE turbines that generate over 60 percent of the Kingdom’s electricity. I could not reject such an offer. I wanted to explore the opportunity and I do not regret my decision.”

Once the internship ended she could not envision herself working elsewhere, adding: “Because of the amazing experience I got, my objective was just (there’s) no way out. It’s either I take a full-time job in this company or whatever way I could to stay in the company, like extend the internship.”

To secure her position she wrote “Nour’s Book,” a manual for everything GE-related made simple for people without an engineering background.

“What inspired me to write Nour’s Book was to join the elite and most competitive commercial leader program, known as the CLP (Commercial Leadership Program) in GE. I felt so much empowerment to not let this (lack of engineering background) stop me, or be an impediment to me. Instead, I used this 400-page technical handbook to accelerate the technical learning curve, and I made it through the program thanks to the success of this book.”

The book discusses GE’s portfolio, products, gas turbines, commercial terms and conditions, customer requests, and acronyms across four chapters.

It is not available for purchase nor is it available to anyone except GE employees. Now, her book is given to every new employee upon entry as a manual.

Another reason she wrote the book was to transfer her knowledge to company newcomers, from trainees to employees.

“I wanted to leave a legacy, a footprint. What did Nour leave behind her to help all these new employees join the power business without having an engineering degree? If I did it, then everybody can do it.”

She also wanted to show GE Global how Saudi women had an opportunity to join the energy sector, achieving her goal through compiling articles, simplifying technical language, and attending internal courses. Whenever she came across something confusing, she would consult GE engineering experts around her or across the globe.

Al-Rammah is a commercial manager with GE Gas Power and said she had never felt inferior to her male coworkers despite being the only woman on the team.

“I feel the equality with my peers. Going to GE for me feels like going to my second home. Believe it or not, I spend more time at the office than I do with my family. I feel empowered by my male colleagues. When I ask for help, they always give me (more) than what I ask. If I need any explanations, they share documents or connect me to the right person. In meetings, my points are always taken into consideration. When I make mistakes, they correct me without leaving me intimidated or they call me after the meeting and correct me. They make sure that I always do better.”

She said that today’s Saudi Arabia was capable of empowering and inspiring women. “We do live in a country that gives golden opportunities to ambitious ladies.”


Saudi Arabia to establish Future Women’s Civil Association

October 24, 2020

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to establish a Future Women’s Civil Association to help develop the work of the volunteer and nonprofit sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said his decision to set up the civil society was in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan to grow the charity sector in the country.

The association’s mission will be to empower, develop, promote, and educate women to contribute toward the objectives of the national vision, while supporting female participation in leading the Kingdom’s future social, economic, and cultural development.


Iran Transfers 66-Year-Old German Iranian Woman to Notorious Evin Prison: Reports

Yaghoub Fazeli

23 October 2020

A 66-year German Iranian dual national has been transferred to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison after being arrested last week, a German rights group reported on Friday.

Nahid Taghavi, an architect, was arrested last Friday at her home in the capital Tehran and taken to an unknown location, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a news site run by a collective of Iranian human rights advocates, first reported on Monday.

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Security forces searched Taghavi’s home and confiscated some of her personal belongings, including her German identification card, passport, laptop, smartphone and some cash, Frankfurt-based rights group the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) said Friday.

Taghavi was then moved to solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison, according to the ISHR.

Taghavi was arrested “on the pretext of endangering security,” ISHR cited Taghavi’s daughter, Mariam Claren, as saying.

Claren wrote on Twitter on Friday that she has not heard from her mother for seven days.

According to ISHR, Taghavi is considered a political prisoner since “she has been campaigning for human rights in Iran for years.”

Taghavi recently underwent surgery and suffers from high blood pressure, HRANA cited a source close to her family as saying. Since her arrest, she has been denied access to her medication, the source added.

“Her family took her blood pressure medicine to Evin prison, but officers refused to take them and said she was in solitary confinement,” HRANA quoted the source as saying.

Taghavi was born in Iran but has lived in Cologne since 1983 and has been a German citizen since 2003, according to ISHR.

Iran has not yet officially addressed the reports of Taghavi’s arrest.

A number of dual and foreign nationals are currently under arrest in Iran, including Iranian British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, French Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah and Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert.

Last month, Germany, along with France, and the UK, summoned Iranian ambassadors in a coordinated move to protest against Iran’s detention of dual nationals and its treatment of political prisoners.



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