Afraid Of Fatwa, Will Sing till Last Breath: Nahid Afrin
Police Set To Try 120 Underage Sex Workers Arrested In Kano
Hijab Ruling Is a Ban on Muslim Women
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Young singer Nahid Afrin, against whom a few Islamic clerics in Assam have
issued a "fatwa", says she is not afraid and will not stop singing or
performing till her death.
40 clerics from Muslim organisations issued the "fatwa" against the
16-year-old, restricting her to perform on stage, saying that the performance
by a girl on stage was against the "Sharia laws". The clerics
organisation had also distributed some leaflets in and around Udali area near
Hojai in central Assam, asking the singer not to perform in a function
scheduled for March 25.
about it, Afrin told the media: "I was broken completely after hearing
about the "fatwa". But I am not going to stop singing. I have
received hundreds of calls and messages from the people of Assam and different
organisations supporting me." Afrin had brought laurels for the state by
becoming the runner-up in popular television show Indian Idol Junior in 2015.
of issuing Fatwas, they should have honoured the young girl for her dedication
to music and bringing honour to the State and community as well. I think nearby
people go jealous for others pop... Read More
young singer shot to fame after she made her debut in Bollywood with 2016
Sonakshi Sinha starrer Akira. "Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
spoke to me and told me not to be afraid. He also assured me of security during
the scheduled programme at Udali on March 25. "I am a singer and music is
my life. I don't think I can survive without music. Allah has blessed me with
this voice for singing, and I'll die if I am not allowed to sing," said
Afrin. Sonowal on Wednesday tweeted: "Freedom of artists are essence of
democracy. Spoke to Nahid and reiterated our government's commitment to provide
safety and security to artists."
several organisations and individuals in Assam have come out to support the
young singer and against the "fatwa" issued against the singer and
said that people of Assam will give security to her.
John Owen Nwachukwu
Kano Sharia Police has arrested 120 suspected underage commercial sex workers
at a popular recreational centre in the state.
operation was done by the Sharia police, alongside the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Director General of Hisbah board, Alhaji Abba Saidu Sufi while briefing newsmen
in his office, said that the night raid was based on information by residents
of the area.
said that out of the 120 girls arrested, 20 out of the figures were underage
whose ages fell within 13, 14, and 17.
revealed that most of the suspects in its custody were not first time
Director General explained that the body was ready to charge to court the
suspects in line with the provision of “prostitution and other immoral acts
prohibition law 1000 of 2001.”
speaking, head of the Sharia police said that initial screening conducted by
the agency exposed that few of those detained were at the resort for wedding
reception, pointing out that “such class of suspects had since been released
and handed over to their parents.
of the boys sporting offensive hair style have been trimmed and barbed in line
with our tradition and culture.”
further stated that “we have 37 boys and 79 girls who are mostly underage and
as a matter of urgency we have invited their parents for pep talk.”
15 March 2017
week’s decision by the European court of justice to allow the Hijab to be
banned in the workplace is yet another sign of the continent’s obsession with
how Muslim women dress.
ruling states that the Hijab can be banned only as part of a policy barring all
religious and political symbols – and so framed in a way that doesn’t directly
target Muslim women. Indeed, the Conference of European Rabbis was outraged,
saying that the ruling sent a clear message that Europe’s faith communities
were no longer welcome – and a number of religious communities, including
Sikhs, will be affected.
there’s no doubt that Muslims are the main group in the line of fire. That’s
why far-right groups across the continent were so delighted with it. “Of course
companies have to be allowed to ban the wearing of headscarves,” said Georg
Pazderski, of Germany’s hardline Alternative für Deutschland. “Even the ECJ
votes Marine [le Pen],” tweeted the French MP Gilbert Collard, a Front National
course, you don’t have to be far right to welcome a ban on “the visible wearing
of any political, philosophical or religious sign”. Many liberals too believe
that religion has no place in a secular western society. There’s clearly no
discrimination, they say, given that under the same ruling Christians would not
be able to wear the cross.
the Hijab doesn’t fit neatly under the bracket of being a “religious symbol”.
It’s not the equivalent of a piece of jewellery that displays pride in your
faith, and which can easily be concealed to stop people feeling uncomfortable.
For its wearers the Hijab is a core part of their way of life, linked to the
way they choose to practise their faith. It is not up for debate.
permitting a ban on the Hijab, Europe is essentially permitting a ban on Muslim
women in the workplace.
I’m exaggerating? Consider for a moment what the real effects of a Hijab ban in
the workplace will be. Do we really believe that women who have a religious
conviction to wear the headscarf are just going to take it off when they start
their job each day? I’m sorry, but that’s not how it works.
isn’t something you suppress for public spaces. I don’t stop being a Muslim
when I come into work and turn into a journalist. I practise my faith in the
canteen by not choosing the pork option, or when I ask for a soft drink instead
of wine at the after-work drinks. If my colleagues notice that I’m doing this,
and it makes them uncomfortable, should I be forced to behave differently?
Hijab should be protected as a freedom because for many women it represents an
integral part of who they are. If Muslim women are forced to choose between
their faith and working in an environment that is hostile towards them, they
will simply avoid these workplaces. Maybe you can’t see a problem with that.
Maybe you think Muslims are the problem.
rather than increasing integration – which those who advocate the ban desire –
it will lead to deeper divisions in our society, with more Muslim women
deciding to stay in spaces where they feel safe, and integrating less. There
will be increased ghettoisation and resentment.
French staged ceremonies where Algerian women had their veils removed to show
they'd chosen the coloniser's side
get me wrong, I want to live in a secular society. I believe that law and
justice in this country should be removed from religious influence; but also
that individuals should be free to practise their faith insofar as it doesn’t
impact on those around them. That does not mean being forced to succumb to the intolerance
of those who are offended by the sight of a headscarf.
years, western values have been used to try to control and manipulate the very
women people claim to be liberating. During the war of independence in Algeria
in 1958 a French propaganda poster showed two faces – one veiled, one unveiled
– with the slogan: “Are you not pretty? Then unveil yourself!” Alongside this,
the French staged mass “unveiling” ceremonies, in which Algerian women would
have their veils removed to show they had chosen the side of the colonisers.
have friends who have taken to wearing the Hijab in recent years because they
feel their Muslim identity has been threatened, and they have decided to take a
stand for their faith.
far-right, and now the European courts, may have succeeded in turning the Hijab
into something perhaps even more powerful than a symbol of religion, and
turning it into a symbol of resistance too.
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— Hear from women law professionals with experience combating gender injustices
such as human trafficking and exploitation later this month in Bangkok.
commemorate a month celebrating the value of women, a panel discussion will
highlight the adversities and injustice women face throughout Southeast Asia –
and the alternatives many resort to.
talk, held by a collective of law experts, will shed light on the difficulties
women in the region face to access justice and legal representation by speaking
about their experiences in the field and actors involved in the process.
Day, a human rights lawyer behind a project to end sexual exploitation in Asia,
will lead the panel. Others will include Emi Rowse, a specialist on
international arbitration and commercial litigation; Sheila Varadan, a
barrister versed in human rights and criminal law; and Chayanich
Thamparipattra, a social entrepreneur and labor rights lawyer.
European Court of Justice has ruled private companies can prohibit religious
and political symbols in the workplace.
rights campaigners say a new ruling by the European Union's top court unfairly
targets Muslim women.
European Court of Justice upheld the right for private companies to ban any
religious attire at work.
ruling involves two different cases of Muslim women fired for refusing to
remove their Hijabs or headscarves at work.
for many Muslim women, the Hijab is not a symbol but a required part of their
many rights groups say forcing people to choose between their faith and work is
in itself a violation of their rights.
does the EU's top court decision mean for religious minorities?
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from Islamic State, Yazidi women remain trapped by trauma
15 (UPI) -- Last January, Skye Wheeler, women's rights emergencies researcher
at Human Rights Watch, arrived at the Dohuk camp for displaced people near the
Kurdish region of Iraq. Wheeler was there to interview Yazidi women and girls
who had been kidnapped from their homes in Sinjar and held as sex slaves by the
terror group known as the Islamic State.
who interviewed 22 Yazidi women and girls, has spent her career documenting war
crimes against women. Yet she says the accounts of sexual violence she heard
from the Yazidi survivors continue to haunt her.
is some of the most distressing work I have ever done, and my colleagues who
have also interviewed the survivors say that same thing," she says.
says the abuse inflicted on Yazidi women and girls "is on a different
level" from other cases she has documented. The women she met had been
kidnapped and sold in slave markets to IS soldiers who then raped them, often
multiple times a day. In some cases, the women would be resold to another
fighter who would continue the sexual abuse. Wheeler spoke with four women who
were sold at least four times before they managed to escape.
just horrible, [IS] treat people like animals," she says. "All the
women we spoke to were exhibiting some type of symptoms from the trauma they
symptoms include severe depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, suicidal
thoughts, insomnia and, when they finally do sleep, nightmares in which they
relive their sexual abuse.
February 2015, the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg offered to help by
agreeing to take in 1,100 refugees, including hundreds of the most traumatized
Yazidi women and girls. The program, which runs for three years and will cost
the German government a total of $107 million, provides Yazidi survivors with
specialized psychological care and German residency for two years.
the program is now at full capacity, which means hundreds of Yazidi women and
girls who didn't make it into the program and those who have only recently escaped
from IS remain in the internally displaced peoples camps in Iraqi Kurdistan,
where treatment for mental health is severely lacking.
Salah Ahmad has been working with trauma victims in Iraq since 2005, when he
established the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights to provide mental health care
to Iraqis who were tortured by the Ba'athist party. Ahmad has spent much of the
last two years traveling between IDP camps in Dohuk Kurdistan to help treat
Yazidi women and girls.
says they display some of the worst cases of post-traumatic stress disorder he
has ever seen. "To be sold, to be enslaved, to be raped many times ...
they can't accept all this violence," he says.
thoughts are not uncommon.
have seen many women who feel that they can't live with the aftermath of what
happened to them; they think the only way to escape is through killing
themselves," says Ahmad.
November 2015, Ahmad established the Jiyan Clinic, a psychosomatic trauma
clinic solely for Yazidi women and children in Iraqi Kurdistan. He found many
trauma survivors were hesitant to recount their abuse to other men, especially
Muslim men, so he employs an all-female staff.
patients spend at least three months living in the clinic, where they undergo
daily treatment, which includes individual and group therapy, and EMDR – or eye
movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy – a technique designed to
alter the way the brain stores and recollects traumatic memories. The women can
also take part in therapeutic activities like yoga and gardening.
its opening, the clinic has treated 80 female Yazidi survivors of IS, but Ahmad
says he doesn't have the resources to provide treatment for all the Yazidi
women who need help.
Muthanna, regional director in Iraq for the AMAR Foundation, is also struggling
to provide support to all the women who need it. He spends the majority of his
time at Khanke Camp, an IDP camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, where he treats the 18,500
Yazidis who have been living there since the IS attack in 2014 forced an
estimated half a million Yazidis to flee their homes. Among Muthanna's patients
are also around 500 Yazidi women who escaped IS.
its Escaping Darkness project, AMAR is working to establish a network of 10
mental health facilities to treat the post-traumatic stress disorder Yazidi
women grapple with. The foundation is also working with psychiatrists to train
local GPs in psychological care, showing them how to spot and manage
AMAR faces huge challenges, not least the fact that Iraq's medical
infrastructure has been decimated by years of conflict.
is a severe shortage of financial resources, the drop in oil prices has created
a situation where the government is unable to provide medical requirements to
cover the needs of IDPs," Muthanna says.
the longer women go without medication and treatment, the worse their condition
suffering from psychological disorders need long-term treatment," Muthanna
says, adding that drugs for treating symptoms of stress, depression and trauma
need to be taken continuously to work.
magnitude of the problem is beyond the capacity of the U.N. agencies and Iraqi
and Kurdistan governments to respond to."
Delhi [India], Mar. 15 (ANI): Expressing displeasure over fatwa issued against
singer Nahid Afrin by Muslim clerics in Assam, women activists on Wednesday
said issuing fatwa has become a fashion, adding that it should be issued on
something more meaningful.
to ANI, former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh said
it is totally wrong and music should not have any boundaries.
think this is totally wrong and music should not have any boundaries. People
should be allowed to sing whatever they want to. I would say this is only for
publicity as they could have imposed a fatwa against many big singers but they
didn't. It has become a fashion now days," she added.
similar sentiments, NCW member Shamina Shafeeq said, "I think the so
called maulana who keeps issuing fatwa should issue fatwa on something more
meaningful. It is very saddening."
many as 42 clerics issued a fatwa against reality singing star Nahid Afrin, who
was the first runner-up of a musical reality TV show, asking her to stop
performing in public.
to reports, the fatwa has been issued against her keeping in view an upcoming
event that was to be held on March 25. Since the venue of the event was in the
vicinity of a mosque and a graveyard, the clerics have announced to boycott her
singing programmes and have asked her to stop performing in public.
who made her Bollywood singing debut for actress Sonakshi Sinha in the 2016
movie 'Akira', first rose to stardom after a successful stint on a reality
singing show in 2015. (ANI)
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