Women enter a store selling hijabs in the Brussels
district of Molenbeek, Belgium, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
High Court Asks State How It Is Protecting Muslim Women
Union Court's Headscarf Ban Ruling Sparks Faith Group Backlash
Census: A Third Sex, Nine Languages, Many Faiths
Defend Muslims from Abuse on New York Subway
New Muslim Ban Blames Islam for Violence against Women, Advocates Aren't
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While admitting the petition filed questioning the “triple Talaq” (divorce)
pronounced through WhatsApp message, the Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued
notices to the secretary to ministry of minority welfare, principal secretary
to state minority welfare, principal secretary to home chief executive officer
of state wakf board and others concerned to inform about the steps taken to
protect the innocent Muslim women from the illegal method of triple Talaq.
A Ramalingeswara Rao while admitting the case filed by Mehreen Noor and Syeda
Hina Fathima of the city against the triple talaq pronounced by their husbands
through WhatsApp message from USA, also issued notices to the unofficial
respondents who included husbands and in-laws of the petitioners for filing
counter affidavits in the matter.
petitioners submitted such a talaq was invalid as per the orders of Supreme
Court and various High Courts of the country.
Apex Court in Shamim Ara vs State of UP and the High Courts of Allahabad,
Bombay and Madras had ruled that pronouncing talaq unilaterally without
counselling and without giving reasons was bad in law and in violation of the
counsel MAK Mukheed complained that the authorities have failed to protect the
Muslim women whose husbands have sent triple talaq through WhatsApp. He sought
the court to declare triple talaq pronounced by the petitioners’ husbands, both
brothers Osman Qureshi and Syed Fayyazuddin Hafeez working in the US, through a
WhatsApp message as illegal.
counsel urged the court to issue directions to the authorities concerned to
frame guidelines to protect married Muslim women from wrong ways of pronouncing
triple talaq. Further, he sought directions for preventing the Qazis from
certifying such talaq.
the counsel for wakf board submitted that the Centre has sought recommendations
from the law commission on the above issue, and accordingly the latter was
seeking suggestions from the people.
to these submissions, the judge said it would not be proper to issue any order
when the matter was before the law commission.
judge adjourned the case hearing by four weeks.
| Posted by Nikhil Agarwal
March 14, 2017
may bar staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious
symbols under certain conditions, the European Union's top court ruled on
Tuesday, setting off a storm of complaint from rights groups and religious
its first ruling on a hot political issue across Europe, the Court of Justice
(ECJ) found a Belgian firm which had a rule barring employees who dealt with
customers from wearing visible religious and political symbols may not have
discriminated against a receptionist dismissed for wearing a headscarf.
judgment on that and a French case came on the eve of a Dutch election in which
Muslim immigration is a key issue and weeks before France votes for a president
in a similarly charged campaign. French conservative candidate Francois Fillon
hailed the ruling as "an immense relief" that would contribute to
a campaign group backing the women said the ruling could shut many Muslim women
out of the workforce. And European rabbis said the Court had added to rising
incidences of hate crime to send a message that "faith communities are no
judges in Luxembourg did find that the dismissals of the two women may,
depending on the view of national courts, have breached EU laws against
religious discrimination. They found in particular that the case of the French
software engineer, fired after a customer complaint, may well have been
however, focused on the conclusion that services firm G4S in Belgium was
entitled to dismiss receptionist Samira Achbita in 2006 if, in pursuit of
legitimate business interests, it fairly applied a broad dress code for all
customer-facing staff to project an image of political and religious
Open Society Justice Initiative, a group backed by the philanthropist George
Soros, said the ruling "weakens the guarantee of equality" offered by
EU non-discrimination laws.
many member states, national laws will still recognise that banning religious
headscarves at work is discrimination," policy office Maryam Hmadoun said.
in places where national law is weak, this ruling will exclude many Muslim
women from the workplace."
International welcomed the ruling on the French case that "employers are
not at liberty to pander to the prejudices of their clients". But, it
said, bans on religious symbols to show neutrality opened "a backdoor to
precisely such prejudice".
president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Chief Rabbi Pinchas
Goldschmidt, complained: "This decision sends a signal to all religious
groups in Europe". National court cases across Europe have included
questions on the wearing of Christian crosses, Sikh turbans and Jewish
the Belgian case, the ECJ said: "An internal rule of an undertaking which
prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign
does not constitute direct discrimination."
was for Belgian judges to determine whether she may have been a victim of
indirect discrimination if the rule put people of a particular faith at a
disadvantage. But the rule could still be justified if it was "genuinely
pursued in a consistent and systematic manner" to project an "image
in the case of Asma Bougnaoui, dismissed by French software company Micropole,
it said it was up to French courts to determine whether there was such a rule.
If her dismissal was based only on meeting the particular customer's
preference, it saw "only very limited circumstances" in which a
religious symbol could be objectively taken as reason for her not to work.
| Agence France-Presse | Updated: March 13, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is preparing for its first census in
19 years. Here are some facts about the sixth most populous nation in the
the first time, transsexual people will be counted separately, according to
representatives of this historically recognised but often persecuted community
forms had been printed well in advance of court decisions to include them in
the count. Now enumerators have been informed that those surveyed will have
three numeric choices for their gender: 1 for men, 2 for women, 3 for those who
declare themselves transsexuals.
is considered an essential tool in evaluating the makeup of multi-ethnic
Pakistan - but only nine of the country's estimated 70 will be listed, to the
dismay of many communities.
regional languages from sparsely populated Gilgit - Baltistan will be included
nor will Gujrati - spoken by some Muslim immigrants from India.
census will provide an insight into the true number of religious minorities,
especially Christians and Hindus. Estimates are approximate and disputed,
ranging from 2 to 10 million Christians and 2.5 to 4.5 million Hindus.
can declare themselves Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Ahmadi - a branch of Islam
considered heretic by the state.
they can be "members of scheduled castes" - members of marginalised
Hindu families, or "other". There are no separate options for Sikhs,
Parsis or Baha'i.
box asks households how many toilets they have - a particularly salient
question in Pakistan, where the United Nations estimates up to 40 percent of
people defecate in the open air with dramatic health consequences, especially
census gives two nationality options: Pakistani or foreign.
the army, which will conduct a parallel count, plans to be more precise mainly
because of the country's Afghan refugees who are accused of everything from
terrorism to trafficking.
local officials fear Afghans could be counted as local and skew demography in
favour of ethnic Pashtuns, whose political parties would benefit as a result.
the other hand, the estimated six million Pakistanis working abroad will not be
counted. No information will be collected on internal migration - necessary to
assess the political weight of a province where many people have moved for
information will be the subject of a separate subsequent survey based on a
large sample of the population, according to authorities.
14 March 2017
Two women can be seen jumping to the defence of Muslim subway riders in New
York City in a video recently uploaded to YouTube.
Muslims were being verbally assaulted by a female passenger who stated that she
is Puerto Rican in the video.
are you here?” the woman is heard shouting. “Why are you in this country if
you’re not with us?”
off-screen voice then asks “who’s us?” to which the woman responds “us. And
maybe they’re not taking my back, I know nobody taking my back. And that’s a
shame, but I will take my own back.”
off-screen voice retorts: “Nobody on this train is with you.”
another woman steps in to challenge the ranting female.
you’re born from here, Puerto Rico, wherever you are from,” the woman says, “I
don’t like the way you’re treating her. It’s rude, we’re here in it together,
OK? We’re all in this together. Whether we like what’s going on in the
government or not.
a grown woman,” she said. “You suck it up and you defend your brothers and
sisters because that’s what you are. If you’re a part of this country, you’re
brothers and sisters with everyone.”
New Muslim Ban Blames Islam for Violence against Women. Advocates Aren't
International and 54 other groups want Trump to rescind the policy and stop
misleading people about gendered violence.
― President Donald Trump often tries to justify his extreme suspicion of
Muslims by arguing that they threaten Americans ― particularly women.
likes this argument so much that he incorporated it into official policy, in
his executive orders on refugees and citizens of Muslim-majority countries.
Both “Muslim ban” documents have directed the Department of Homeland Security
to collect and publish what the second calls data on “the number and types of
acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called ‘honor
killings,’ in the United States by foreign nationals.”
for women who actually face that kind of violence were immediately skeptical,
seeing Trump’s professed concern as an attempt to frame the problem of violence
against women as something unique to Muslim-majority countries. Now they’re
a letter sent to the president and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R.
McMaster Monday night, and exclusively provided to The Huffington Post, Amnesty
International, the International Rescue Committee, CARE and more than 50 other
organizations denounced the president’s ban and his portrayal of the issue.
a global crisis, violence against women and girls is not specific to any one
country. Connecting ‘gender-based violence against women or girls’ with the
travel ban and refugee program suspension is out of sync with the reality that
every country, including the United States, suffers from such violence,” the
letter reads. “Enacting a travel ban on these countries and suspending the
refugee resettlement program does not address the global crisis of violence
against women; neither does it offer any solutions to violence against women in
the specifically targeted countries.”
letter notes that Trump’s pause on accepting refugees and issuing new visas to
citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could put women and
girls in danger. The travel moratorium does nothing to make women and girls in
those countries safer ― and it could trap many of them in the process of
migrating away from danger, which often involves giving up one’s social network
and any safety resources one might have. Ceasing to issue visas or grant
refugee status to displaced people seeking safety in the U.S. could greatly
increase the odds that they’ll face exactly the kind of violence the Trump
administration says it wants to prevent. The executive orders could even end up
keeping women and girls in conflict zones like Syria and Sudan, where rape has
been used as a weapon of war.
shutdown of this program or ban restricting travel does not help make women and
girls safer,” the organizations’ letter says.
Trump’s policy fails to offer real recourse for survivors of gender-based
violence, it does include some well-known anti-Muslim tropes, the groups note.
are further concerned by the executive orders’ singling out of so-called ‘honor
killings’ as a type of gender-based violence that is more deserving of concern
than other types of violence,” the letter says. “Specifically naming this type
of violence in connection with the six Muslim-majority countries listed in the
executive order not only promotes and inflames Islamophobia, but it further
feeds into the false narrative that violence against women is specific to
and the other organizations do significant work in the Muslim-majority world.
They are hardly unaware of the dangers and restrictions women can face there.
But they’re also familiar with the line Trump is peddling ― and with his other
actions, like attacks on American and global reproductive health.
groups asked Trump to rescind his new order.
ban is meant to go into effect on Thursday. It already faces legal challenges
from eight states, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Washington, and advocates hope to block it from
being implemented at all.
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