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Young woman, 34, commits suicide in Tehran
model advocates for modesty, Muslim women
‘facilitators’ in DI Khan girl’s stripping case arrested
abductions go unchecked in capital
emoji creator on TIME’s list of most influential Saudi teenagers
debates law to address public harassment of women but passing it may prove
Yellow card for female footballer whose hair shows off
company trains 30 women for driving job
first batch of women studies scholars graduate from Kabul University
Retired women continue their protest
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Bride ‘Inadvertently’ Killed 17 with Poisoned Milk Intended for Husband
unhappily married Pakistani woman claims the 17 people she murdered were
unintended victims of a botched plan to poison her husband and end her arranged
marriage so that she could be with her boyfriend.
to the Associated Press (AP), the 21-year-old spoke to reporters when she
appeared before a judge to face murder charges in the city of Muzaffargarh on
Tuesday, telling them, “I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against
my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice
for marriage but my parents rejected all of my pleas, and they married me to a
which identified the woman as Aasia Bibi, added:
woman said her love affair with her boyfriend continued after she got married.
She said she had warned her parents that she could go to any extent to get out
of her marriage, but they refused to allow her to get a divorce.
woman expressed remorse over the deaths, saying her target was only her
the unhappily married woman and her boyfriend Shahid Lashari, who told police
he provided the poisonous substance, are behind bars.
incident took place last week, and our officers have made progress by arresting
a woman and her lover in connection with this murder case, which was
complicated and challenging for us,” District police chief Sohail Habib Tajak
news outlet explained:
woman was not happy with her husband and wanted to return to her parents’ home.
said the woman obtained a poisonous substance from her boyfriend last week and
mixed it in milk for her husband, who refused to drink it. But the woman’s
mother-in-law later used the tainted milk to make a traditional yogurt-based
drink and served it to 27 people of her extended family, who fell unconscious
and were hospitalized.
reported that eight people died soon after consuming the milk, but the death
toll reached 17 within a week. The remaining 10 are reportedly being treated in
a hospital, revealed the police chief.
crime took place near the town of Ali Pur, about 60 miles south of Multan city
in Punjab, the most populous province in Pakistan.
told AP that the woman had been married against her will back in September as
part of an arranged marriage, considered the cultural norm for many
Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan.
such instances, the parents or eldest male members of the prospective groom and
bride negotiate the marriage—often when the future husband and wife are only
children, infants, or even before they are born.
love seldom plays a role in the partnership.
Pakistani police chief vowed that authorities would arrest anyone who knew of
the Bibi’s plot to kill her husband.
young woman committed suicide by taking pills and died in Tehran’s Ekbatan
reason behind the death of the young woman whose body was found 3 days ago in
Ekbatan was suicide,” Tehran’s Inspector in Criminal Affairs, Sajjad Manafi,
made this announcement.
were a lot of pills where the body had been found. After examining the body,
the Coroner’s Office concluded that the 34-year-old woman lost her life as a
result of consuming those pills,” he added. (The state-run Khabar Online
website – November 4, 2017)
Mariah Idrissi asked where she could buy a hijab in Pittsburgh while speaking
at the William Pitt Union Saturday night.
is present very prominently in all of our lives, especially growing up in the
[United States],” Amal Saeed, a junior molecular biology major and president of
Muslim Student Association, said. “For [Idrissi], as a hijab-wearing model, she
really found a way to use her identity as influence.”
the last stop of her U.S. tour, Idrissi spoke to more than 60 people in room
548 of the William Pitt Union about the modeling industry, the Muslim community
and her personal life as the first hijab-wearing Muslim model for H&M. The
90-minute event — hosted by Pitt’s Female Empowerment Movement and MSA — began
at 7 p.m. and included free pizza, a Q&A session with the model and
opportunities for photos afterward.
many overnight sensations, 25-year old Idrissi had no prior modeling experience
when a casting director for H&M’s 2015 “Close the Loop” recycling campaign
scouted her off the street. Even with support from her family, a publicist
friend helping her manage her new lifestyle and public speaking experience from
writing and reciting poetry, Idrissi knew little about the modeling world.
I did not watch ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ I would have had no idea what the
hell I was doing,” Idrissi said.
with two years’ experience modeling for H&M and speaking at events such as
Istanbul’s 2016 Modest Fashion Week — an international fashion show featuring
both Muslim and non-Muslim clothing that reveals little of a woman’s body —
Idrissi is globally recognized as an authority on modest fashion and a
humanitarian and advocate for women’s empowerment.
also campaigns for Human Care Syria — a project providing food, schooling and
hygiene packages to women affected by the war in Syria — and spoke at London’s
TEDxTeen 2016 conference with her talk “Changing the Face of Fashion.”
Idrissi didn’t always know what to use her voice for. As a Moroccan-Pakistani
who grew up in London, Idrissi said she never personally experienced racism or
Islamophobia, but instead faced struggles trying to find modest bookings upon
entering the fashion industry.
didn’t think that that industry that appears to be so diverse and embracing and
inclusive of different people would be where I finally encountered awkward
situations and funny looks,” Idrissi said.
shared several of these situations — including feeling too old for the modeling
industry as a 25 year-old, which she says usually considers girls ages 16 to 24
— before shifting her presentation to issues of women’s empowerment and what
can be done to promote it in the fashion industry.
issue she touched on was models feeling pressured into shooting topless because
they fear they might be replaced by other models who are willing to be more
sexual in their work. Idrissi spoke of a personal friend who wishes she had
been exposed to the more modest side of the industry before doing a topless
the white European models also have issues in this industry, and that is why I
feel like it is beyond me being a Muslim and wearing a hijab,” Idrissi said.
“It’s about us being women and coming together as women and understanding that
we are all going through issues in this industry.”
also criticized charities and campaigns that leave out minorities or use
tokenism — a practice in which businesses hire a small number of people from
underrepresented groups to appear to increase diversity — in their advertising.
Rather than sexualize or misrepresent reality, Idrissi said advertisers need to
embrace the fact that everyone looks different and comes from different
said she considers these issues especially important for young girls, which is
why she decided to tour the United States to speak with students at schools.
She directly addressed the Muslim members of the audience several times during
a Q&A session at the end of her presentation, from giving them advice on
how to network to asking where they buy their modest clothing in Pittsburgh.
one of the few men in the audience — Ehab Tamimi, a bioengineering Ph.D.
student and member of MSA — asked how Muslim men in particular can show their
support for women, Idrissi answered with an emphasis on not projecting opinions
about women onto Muslim women.
come from a more conservative background and I don’t have any immediate
interest in fashion, but it was striking to see the connection between the
fashion industry and how she connected it to life lessons and a way to move
forward,” Tamimi said. “It’s not enough to just be a pretty face behind the
camera, it’s also important to use your influence for something good.”
member Anisa Mughal, a third-year medical student, said she felt that Idrissi’s
answer to Tamimi’s question was powerful. She also enjoyed Idrissi’s five
“keys” — goal-setting, work ethic, networking, organization and a trust in a
God or higher power — which the model attributed to helping her get to where
she is in her life and career.
think one of my favorite things is just seeing Muslim women be active in
promoting their own identities, their own careers and their own goals,” Mughal
said. “I also really liked that she’s an advocate for Muslim women not to be
afraid to pursue what they want.”
ISMAIL KHAN: Two facilitators of the main accused in a case involving alleged
stripping and parading of a teenage girl in a village in this district late
last month have been arrested.
said on Sunday that police arrested on Saturday the two for giving the main
accused, Sajawal, shelter as well as information. Police had earlier arrested
eight accused in the case.
sources said the police would produce the eight accused in court on Monday
after expiry of their two-day remand.
the victim’s family had alleged that the accused had stripped the girl and
paraded her naked in the Garahmat village in Daraban tehsil on Oct 27. Later,
they claimed that she was taken to residence of one Sanaullah where her clothes
were torn off and she was beaten, and was kept in illegal confinement.
victim had claimed that she had received bruises on her arm and knee. She
claimed that she was dragged by the suspects at gunpoint inside the house.
According to unconfirmed reports, the victim’s family was under pressure to retract
their earlier statement.
the Chaudwan police station registered two FIRs on Oct 27. First, the police
registered an FIR on complaint of one of the female members of the family of
the accused, while another FIR was later registered on the complaint of the
victim (name withheld).
arrested accused included three brothers Shahjehan, Gulestan and Ramzan, two
other brothers Nasir and Aslam, and Ikram, Sanaullah and Saidu. A prime accused
in the case could not be arrested.
Police Officer Syed Fida Hassan Shah had claimed in a statement that he had
constituted special teams for arresting the suspects and he had himself been
supervising the investigation. A brother of the victim, Sajid Khan, has also
sent an application to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial police officer,
requesting him to conduct an inquiry and take action against the SHO concerned,
who, he alleged, was supporting the accused.
stated in the application that on the day of the incident at around 7am his
sister along with three of her female cousins went to a nearby pond to fetch
alleged that when they reached near the residence of Sajawal, the suspects
caught hold of his sister and after stripping her they forced her to run in the
area. He added that she took refuge in the residence of one Kaleemullah, but
the suspects pulled her out of the house and left her naked in the street.
Sajid alleged that when he reached the police station he saw Sajawal already
present there. He added that the SHO was using delaying tactics to register the
FIR, saying he had to visit the spot.
of women abductions are rampant in the federal capital as the police registered
at least five cases of abduction and kidnapping in different police stations
during the last week of October.
to the data gathered by The Nation, majority incidents involved abduction of
women allegedly for prostitution besides many other cases of auto-theft,
robbery and burglary, murder and cheque dishonouring, posing an overall poor
picture when it comes to policing in the capital city.
abduction incidents took place in the limits of police stations as Bhara Kahu,
Shalimar, Lohi Bher and Karachi Company.
the other hand, the areas which remained vulnerable to the criminal gangs
included Bhara Kahu, Sabzi Mandi and Lohi Bher. Bhara Kahu police station
registered two cases of kidnapping during the said period, suggests the data.
youngster Aqib Mushtaq was abducted from Dhok Jeelani in the limits of Bhara
Kahu police station on 28 October, and the police booked three accused under
section 365/34 of the PPC.
another incident, a girl was abducted from sector F-11/4 in the limits of
Shalimar police station and the case was registered under section 496-A of the
PPC. Niamat Masih told Karachi Company police station that six persons, on 27
October abducted his daughter with bad intentions.
accused booked under section 365-B/34 are yet to be arrested. Muhammad Rafique
told Bhara Kahu police that six persons abducted his daughter on October 24.
police are investigating the matter.
majority cases of abduction of women , first the family and then police show
hesitance in opting for the legal proceedings against the culprits as the
abductions of women is not less than a social taboo. Islamabad police’s
performance is under question again as it failed to check the crime, especially
involving women , a sensitive issue to deal with.
are not safe in the capital city, as the number of rapes burgeoned to 160
percent during the last year. This revelation was made by the then Federal
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who said on the floor of National
Assembly that the number of rape incidents grew to 39 during 2016.
told the house that the incidents of sexual abuse against women were 15 in 2015
and this mounted to 39 in 2016 in the federal capital .
to another report, 119 cases of women torture and murder were logged during the
last year and 26 women were murdered in Islamabad during the year 2016. Eight
cases of murder attempts on women and 39 rape cases were lodged in Islamabad in
the same period, according to the report.
to the police record, other crimes as dacoity and snatching of valuable items
at gunpoint are also continuing at a fast pace. In the incidents of street
crime, like mugging, pick-pocketing, and snatching at gunpoint, more and more
people are being deprived of their valuable possessions every day.
Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad Police on Sunday held four drug
pushers involved in supplying drugs to students at educational institutions and
recovered heroin and tranquillizers from them, a police spokesman said. One of
the special teams constituted by SSP (Operations) headed by SP (Investigation)
Zeeshan Haider raided at the hideout of drug pushers and arrested four persons
later identified as Qudrat-Ullah, Amir, Abdul-Qayyum and Khurram Zahid. The
police team also recovered a total of 3.09-kilogram heroin and 119
tranquillizing pills from them. Further investigation is underway.
to Arab News, Time magazine has placed a 16-year-old Saudi girl on its “30 Most
Influential Teens” list for 2017.
news website reported that Rayouf Al-Humedhi was chosen by Time because she
proposed Apple’s new emoji with a headscarf. The emoji attracted a lot of Arab
and international attention because it represents an Islamic symbol — the hijab
list also included Syrian refugee Muzoon Al-Mellehan, 19, who became a UNICEF
selecting influential teens, the American magazine takes into consideration the
awards won by the teen in different fields, the international influence through
social media websites, and the general ability to present news.
MOROCCO—Malak Nahass was walking on a busy street near a Rabat beach one
afternoon about six months ago when a stranger approached and started taunting
her. The situation quickly escalated.
is always on guard in public because she is used to being harassed, Nahass
said. “I try to be invisible.” But this time, she couldn’t make herself
disappear. The young man grabbed at her, and when she ran, he threw rocks at
her, hitting her in the head. The deep cut she suffered required five stitches.
a 32-year-old sound engineer, went to a police station to report the attack.
The officers took the information and assigned her a case number. “They almost
didn’t want to write down the description,” she recalled. She went back the
next day to see if they had caught the man she described. The officers said
they had looked around the neighbourhood but had not found the suspect. When
she followed up again a few weeks later, they accused her of harassing them.
you believe it?” she said, shaking her head.
month, the Moroccan Parliament once again debated legislation long sought by
women’s rights activists here that would make it a crime to harass a woman in
public, whether physically or verbally. Under the latest proposal, a conviction
could draw a month to two years in prison. But the bill remains mired in
political wrangling between reformers and members of the conservative parties.
paper, the anti-harassment law would be a big step, particularly for a country
that wants to be seen as a moderate Islamic hub compared with its neighbours in
the rest of North Africa and the Middle East. This year, Morocco banned the
manufacture and sale of the burka, and its king, Mohammed VI, often pops up on
Instagram in jeans and hip shades. The reality, however, is far more complex.
Morocco is a deeply conservative, patriarchal society with a ruling Islamic
party that won handily in a parliamentary election last year.
that concerns women’s rights is connected to religion,” said Khadija Ryadi,
former president of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights.
September, Morocco rejected 44 of 244 recommendations made by the U.N. Human
Rights Council following its latest review of the country’s rights record. All
44 pertained to either women’s rights or individual rights, including laws that
prevent women and men from inheriting equally and that deny rights to children
born out of wedlock.
rejecting the recommendations, Morocco said its constitution must adhere to
Islamic law — a striking illustration of the traditional and religious thinking
hampering the country’s efforts to appear as a beacon of moderation in the
region. Nowhere is the contrast between image and practice more evident than in
Morocco’s approach to gender rights. Although its constitution guarantees equal
rights for women, it does so with caveats, noting that these rights must
respect “the laws and permanent characteristics of the kingdom.”
a constant balancing act, said Noufal Abboud, the Morocco country director for
international human rights organization Search for Common Ground. “You can
bring the most progressive law to Morocco, but the society will not accept it,”
he said. “It’s a man’s society.”
Rights Minister Mustapha Ramid, embroiled in controversy after he called gay
people the Arabic word for “dirty” or “scum,” declined an interview request.
have been some changes since Mohammed VI became king in 1999, pledging greater
rights for women.
2004, Morocco revised its family code, called the moudawana, giving women
broader rights in custody, marriage and divorce. The changes came after
bombings in Casablanca killed 45 people, still the country’s deadliest
terrorist attack. Although the Islamic parties were not implicated in the
bombings, the government was able to use the atmosphere of anti-extremism they
generated to win concessions from them on some of the king’s changes, most
prominently the moudawana.
the monarch can go only so far, said David Alvarado, a journalist and media
king has two faces,” he said. “The Western face is progressive, but internally
he is traditional. He can’t be progressive here in Morocco.”
rights activists would like to broaden the family code even more — to grant
women equal inheritance rights, for example. The code uses an interpretation of
Islamic law to mandate that women can inherit no more than half of what men do.
The president of neighbouring Tunisia has called for his country to amend its
inheritance law, and in July, the country passed a law aimed at preventing “all
violence against women.” Both moves sparked outrage from Tunisia’s clerics and
conservative politicians. Algeria also has a domestic-violence law, passed in
2015, that protects women from abuse.
Morocco, although Islam is used as the rationale, it’s actually culture holding
back changes affecting women, said Amal Idrissi, a law professor at Moulay
Ismail University in the city of Meknes. “It’s not religion,” Idrissi said.
is perhaps the clearest flash point. A 2009 national survey estimated
two-thirds of Moroccan women have experienced violence at one point in their
lives, and younger women in particular are fighting back.
June, a 24-year-old woman was viciously attacked on a public bus in Casablanca.
The assault, which was filmed and posted online, doesn’t show passersby or the
driver trying to intervene, even as the woman’s clothes are ripped off and she
cries out for help.
took part in a protest in Casablanca in August after the video went viral to
demand the creation of laws protecting women from such assaults.
Fasiki, a 23-year-old comic artist from Fez, drew a cartoon after the bus
attack that went viral on social media. It shows a woman, her clothes pulled
off, looking out sadly from a bus. The caption reads in English: “Buses are
made to transport people not to rape girls.”
said she tried to organize a protest in Fez like the one in Casablanca, but too
many women were afraid to participate. “So it didn’t happen,” she said.
uses her art to show women naked and strong and unafraid, she said. (When a
woman is attacked in Morocco, even sympathetic women often will ask what she
in Arab countries are still seen as virgin girls sitting in their homes or
wives who respect their husbands,” she said. “There is a lot of work to do to
change those ideas.”
said she has learned to go into “warrior mode” when she’s out in public, even
in Rabat, the capital, considered one of the country’s safest cities. She tries
to ignore the taunts she hears daily. But often, men just come up and grab her,
reacting to her indifference by saying she’s ugly anyway. “In a way, you get
used to it,” she said.
the attack near the beach, she wanted to leave. “I just got so depressed,” she
said. “I hated this country.”
Allouchi, 21, a recent film school graduate in Rabat, said even if the expanded
anti-harassment law is eventually passed, she isn’t sure it will do much good.
we go out dressed well or not — they would accost us even in pyjamas with words
of harassment,” she said. “A law is good, but an education would be much
football players in Iran would be shown the yellow card if they do not properly
cover all their hair during the game. If repeated, they would be shown the red
card and sent off the game.
was declared by an observer from the Iranian Football Federation while briefing
the teams participating in the Women’s Football League last week.
latest measure, in violation of the universal rules set by FIFA, indicates a
new level of antagonism directed towards women’s sports by the Iranian regime.
athletes do not receive any form of support from the government. This was
evident in the planning of the games for woman’s league. For one, some of the
teams had not been allocated a field where they could play, while the fields
where the games took place were peppered with holes and ditches such that the
players could not dribble.
restrooms and locker facilities were not adequate for players to get ready for
the other hand, the Pars Jonoubi Jam team did not participate in the games for
lack of budget, and their game was cancelled.
— A national transportation company has trained 30 women drivers and educated
them about traffic regulations and safety and security precautions.
company said it has offered 150 openings for both Saudi men and women in
database service, customer service and telecommunications.
women drivers will begin working once the Ministry of Transport and the Traffic
Department put the new traffic regulations in place.
conditions the women drivers have to meet include obtaining a driver’s license
and owning a car or producing an affidavit from husband or a family member
allowing them to use their car.
company also said it had received job applications from women candidates in
different age groups. From women in their 20s to those in their 50s have
applied to work as drivers for the company.
and the UAE have successfully experimented women drivers in transportation
services. It is widely believed that having women driving on the streets would
increase the safety and security of the service, the company said.
company employee Mohammad Salah said app-based ride hailing services are now
offering more than 100,000 job vacancies for women drivers, who are called
“captains” in these companies.
analyst Khalid Al-Shalil said Saudi society is open to the idea of women
working as taxi drivers and in transportation companies.
working in such fields women can make a decent living. Most families will be
very supportive of the idea,» Al-Shalil said.
The first batch of women studies graduates in Afghanistan received their
degrees at Kabul University on Sunday.
University is the first university of Afghanistan to offer a Masters degree in
women and gender studies, teaching feminist theories, media, civil society and
conflict resolution in its two-year programme. The programme is funded by South
Korea and run by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
the 22 students graduating this year were seven male students.
programme testifies to a great change since the years of Taliban regime when
female issues were taboo and women were largely confined to their homes and
banned from education. Even now, after the toppling of Taliban by United
States-led forces, women remain second-class citizens in the largely
Arefi, one of the graduates, told media reporters that the occasion marked the
beginning of a change. “With these programmes, we can understand the women’s
place and status in our society. There is a possibility that we will reach a
level of gender equality like the West,” he said.
graduate, Sajia Sediqqi, said she hoped her classmates would use their degrees
to improve the situation of women in Afghanistan. “In a short period of time we
cannot bring about any dramatic change, but with our higher education we can
help change our society and serve our people, particularly our women,” she
protesters joining from other Iranian provinces, the retired government
employees continued their protest for a fifth day on November 4, 2017, in front
of the Budget and Planning Organization in Tehran. They had initially announced
that their protest was set for four days.
converged in Tehran from Kermanshah, Yazd, Alborz, and several other provinces
to protest against their poverty and abysmal living conditions.
held placards reading, “We will not give in until our demands are met”, “38
years have passed, where is justice” and “teachers are awake and hate
protesters also demanded the release of teachers detained in prison.
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