Women Take Tests to Join ATC Program
Woman’s Thoughts on How We Misunderstood Religious Texts
Refers Fresh Plea against Polygamy, ‘Nikah Halala’ To Constitution Bench
Courts to Dispatch Divorce Documents through SMS
Tahira Safdar Nominated As First Woman Chief Justice of a Pakistani High Court
Salva Fatima: A Pilot Gives Wings to Dreams Of Many
Supports in SC Plea Against Female Genital Mutilation In Dawoodi Bohra Muslim
Sales Soar Thanks To Female Buyers
Cannot Infringe On Muslim Women’s Rights: Communist Party of India
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Slam Election Commission of Pakistan Decision over Women Polling Agents
Major political parties have expressed concern over the latest order of the
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that only women polling agents will be
allowed at female polling stations across the country.
of the three main parties — Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) — have also questioned
the timing of the order, saying that such “unnecessary actions” make the
electoral process controversial.
latest order is an explicable departure from the past practice and aimed at
leaving female polling stations entirely at the mercy of official polling staff
without necessary oversight by the representatives of political parties,” PPP
secretary general Farhatullah Khan Babar said on Monday.
to Dawn, Mr Babar said the order had been issued by the ECP when elections were
only hours away and “the parties do not have the time to train women polling
agents”. He said he had received complaints from various candidates,
particularly from rural Sindh, that they had been informed about the ECP
decision at the eleventh hour.
the past, the PPP leader said, due to shortage of female election workers in
rural areas male polling agents had been posted at female polling stations
through a mutual agreement between the contesting candidates who belonged to
the same locality, community and extended families.
this abrupt restriction imposed just when the elections are two days away?” he
at all it was necessary, the ECP should have issued directives several months
ago to enable candidates and parties to train female political workers on how
to keep an eye on various facets of polling on election day,” he said.
Babar was of the view that the abrupt order at this stage amounted to leaving
the polling stations at the mercy of polling staff to manipulate at will the
activities on polling day without oversight of candidates and parties through
army personnel to be posted at the polling stations are complete strangers to
the female voters of the area. If strangers can be posted at female polling
stations why not male polling agents belonging to the same locality with the
consent of the candidates and parties?” he asked.
latest order will only tilt the scales against popular political parties and
amounts to pre-poll rigging,” he said, adding that the PPP called upon the ECP
to reverse its order and allow male polling agents at the female polling
stations with mutual consent of the candidates and parties.
contacted, spokesmen for the PML-N and the PTI also expressed the same
viewpoint that it was not the proper time for the ECP to issue orders having
direct impact on the voting process.
information secretary Fawad Chaudhry said that traditionally parties nominated
women polling agents at female polling stations, but there should be no such
restrictions if such a provision was not available in laws. He also criticised
the ECP for it’s another controversial order asking the voters to mention their
exact name as given in the computerised national identity card (CNIC) on ballot
papers. He was of the view that such directives could create confusion and
problems for voters at polling stations.
Chaudhry said it was not the time for the ECP to announce such major decisions
as the elections were now just two days away.
information secretary Mushahidullah Khan said the ECP should not take any step
which could bring its credibility and independence under question. Besides
this, he added, the ECP should desist from taking any measure which could
create difficulties for political parties.
said that apparently there was nothing wrong in the latest ECP directives, but
political parties were justified in raising objections to the move because of
the timing and the past practice when similar orders were issued to damage
contacted, ECP spokesman Chaudhry Nadeem Qasim said the order had been issued
keeping in view “social and moral values”. However, he admitted that legally
the ECP could not bind the parties to appoint only women as polling agents as
there had been no mention of the gender in laws regarding appointment of
spokesman claimed that in the past too, the ECP had approved appointment of
women as polling agents at female polling stations. Even at the combined
polling stations, female election staff and female polling agents had been
deputed in the past outside the polling booths.
explained that the main job of polling agents was “identification” of voters
and said it would be inappropriate to ask any man to do the exercise. When
asked about the presence of male soldiers inside and outside the polling
stations, Mr Qasim said that troops had nothing to do with the polling process
and identification of voters.
— Saudi Air Navigation Services Company (SANS) has started tests for 128
females who have applied to join the second batch of the air traffic control
15 candidates will be selected from a total of 73 applicants in Jeddah and 57
Al-Saleh, public relations officer at SANS, has pointed out that his company
has achieved 97 percent Saudization.
company recruited 252 Saudis, including 17 women, this year to work in its
different departments, he said, adding that 12 females who will graduate as air
traffic controllers are expected join work soon.
for Saudi Vision 2030, Al-Saleh said his company has three projects including
one to develop a surveillance network that will enhance efficiency, quality of
performance and safety of operations.
second project is the Saudi Future Airspace Concept, which will increase the
capacity to meet rising demand especially as the Kingdom expects 30 million
pilgrims by 2030.
third project is the Development of Air Navigation Systems and Procedures,
which will introduce a new air traffic control system at all Saudi airports.
these projects are expected to be ready by 2020, which will make it a year of
achievements," Al-Saleh said.
being divided on the lines of religions are not new. And in most of the case,
to widen the gap and build a rift, many quote the religious scriptures to back
their point. Which often let us wonder, are religious books a source of
conflict or harmony? There have been many instances when people have argued
that all the religion in the world speak of the same love and harmony and it is
only misinterpretations that sour the relationship. But one post of an elderly
woman has got everyone talking on Facebook.
TR, a former joint secretary of govt of India, shared a beautiful conversation
between him and his mother over Quran. “Do you know what a progressive religion
Islam is?” he quoted his mother saying after he told his Amma, he was an
atheist and hence he hadn’t read it.
example, the status given to women as described in the Quran is high. You must
read everything thoroughly to understand for yourself, whether you believe in
it or otherwise,” the elderly woman added.
what made this conversation beautiful is that how she stressed that the problem
lies in the fact that people reading it don’t “understand it’s real meaning.”
added that same can be said about followers of Hinduism and Christianity and in
retrospect said, “Most people are fools”.
post garnered a lot of appreciation and positive response and Netizens couldn’t
agree more with his mother. One user wrote, “The day we start reading and
understanding our respective religious scriptures there won’t be any
inter-religious bigotry around.”
Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging
practices of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims, as it referred the
matter to a constitution bench that has been already asked to hear a batch of
similar petitions. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A
M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submissions of senior advocate
Vikas Singh and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay that the petition be listed before a
five-judge constitution bench for final adjudication.
apex court issued notice to the Centre on the petition filed by one Farjana and
tagged the matter along with a batch of petitions to be heard by the
constitution bench. “Petitioner is filing this petition under Article 32 of the
Constitution seeking a writ, order or direction in the nature of mandamus to
declare polygamy and nikah halala, practiced in Muslim community, illegal and
unconstitutional for being violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the
Constitution,” the plea said.
petition further sought a declaration that extra-judicial talaq is a cruelty
under Section 498A of the IPC, nikah halala is an offence under Section 375 of
the IPC, and polygamy is an offence under Section 494 of the IPC, 1860. The
apex court, which on August 22 last year had banned the age-old practice of
instant ‘triple talaq’ among Sunni Muslims, had on March 26 this year decided
to refer to a larger bench a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional
validity of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims.
polygamy allows a Muslim man to have four wives, ‘nikah halala’ is a process in
which a Muslim woman, who wants to re-marry her husband after divorce, has to
first marry another person and get a divorce from the second person after the
consummating the marriage. The pleas were referred to a larger bench by the
Supreme Court after an earlier five-judge constitution bench, in its 2017
verdict, had kept open the issue of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’, while quashing
the practice of ‘triple talaq’. It had also issued notices to the Law and
Justice Ministry, the Minority Affairs Ministry and the National Commission of
Women (NCW) at that time.
petitions have also challenged the practices of ‘Nikah Mutah’ and ‘Nikah
Misyar’ — two types of temporary marriages where duration of the relationship
is specified and agreed upon in advance.
one of the petitions, one Sameena Begum has said that by virtue of Muslim
Personal Law and Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code (marrying again during
lifetime of husband or wife) was rendered inapplicable to Muslims and no
married woman from the community has the avenue of filing a complaint against
her husband for the offence of bigamy.
plea was filed by one Rani alias Sabnam who alleged that she and her three
minor kids have been thrown out of the matrimonial home after her husband
re-married. She has sought that the practices of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’
among Muslims be declared as unconstitutional.
similar plea was filed by Delhi-based Nafisa Khan seeking almost same reliefs.
She has sought to declare the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939, as
unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 (freedom of
conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) of the Constitution
in so far as it fails to secure for Indian Muslim women the protection from
bigamy which has been statutorily secured for women in India belonging to other
top court had also allowed Muslim Women Resistance Committee, Kolkata to file
an application for impleadment as a party in the hearing.
— The Ministry of Justice has announced that divorced women will receive
divorce documents from the courts through SMS. The announcement followed
complaints by a number of women about not receiving their divorce deeds through
of Justice and President of Supreme Judicial Council Waleed Al-Samaani said
divorce deeds used to be mailed to the postal addresses registered at the
National Information Center.
ministry had previously unified its records by linking up with the database of
the National Information Center and the Interior Ministry's Absher portal. The
social status of citizens is immediately updated in their Absher accounts
whenever a divorce petition is approved. To protect the rights of women and to
ensure that their divorce deeds reach them without delay, we have launched the
SMS service that will notify the women of their marital status the moment the
divorce is approved,” said Al-Samaani. Many people took to Twitter to vent
their anger over numerous cases where women had no idea that they were
divorced, a matter which had immensely affected their lives.
of the accounts stated that a woman found out that she was divorced more than
15 years later after the death of her husband. She had been living with him as
husband and wife when he died. It was only when she went to the court to claim
her inheritance she found out that her husband had divorced her more than a
decade ago and that she had no right to inherit him.
to one tweet, a woman learned about her divorce from her ex-husband's sisters
when they used the information to humiliate her.
woman tweeted that her husband waited until Ramadan to tell her that he had
divorced her because he wanted her to cook for him.
woman said her husband divorced her but he never told her until she got
pregnant. He then denied the child was his and refused to shoulder any
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday announced Justice Tahira Safdar as the first
ever woman chief justice of a Pakistani high court.
the launch for Justice retired Fakhrun Nisa's new book, Justice Nisar said that
the retired judge had recently said to him that there was an injustice served
to her [when she was overlooked for the position of Lahore High Court chief
justice]. "Today I am trying to right that wrong — as that was an
injustice done to women and not just an individual — and nominate Justice
Tahira Safdar as the first ever female high court chief justice in
Safdar will take charge of her new role following the retirement of incumbent
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Noor Muskanzai, who reaches
superannuation on August 31.
to her biography, as recorded on the Balochistan High Court website, Justice
Tahira Safdar, born on Oct 5, 1957 in Quetta, is the daughter of renowned
lawyer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi.
made history in 1982 when she became the first woman civil judge in
received her basic education from the Cantonment Public School, Quetta, and
went on to complete her bachelor's degree from the Government Girls College,
Safdar later earned a master's degree in Urdu literature from the University of
Balochistan, as well as a degree in law from the University Law College,
Quetta, in 1980.
attaining success in a competitive examination held by the Balochistan Public
Service Commission, she was appointed as a senior civil judge on June 29, 1987.
She was made additional district and sessions judge on Feb 27, 1991.
March 1, 1996, she was promoted to district and sessions judge. She also worked
as a presiding officer in the Labour Court.
was appointed a member of the Balochistan Services Tribunal on Oct 22, 1998,
and worked in that capacity till she was appointed chairperson of the Balochistan
Services Tribunal on July 10, 2009.
working as chairperson, Justice Tahira Safdar was elevated to the position of
additional judge of the high court on Sept 7, 2009, and confirmed as a BHC
judge on May 11, 2011.
is currently a member of the three-judge special court conducting the trial of
former president Pervez Musharraf for committing treason by proclaiming a state
of emergency on Nov 3, 2007.
Youtube channel “LATEST CELEBRITY NEWS” has featured Syeda Salva Fatima who is
all set to join an airline and is one of the four Muslim women in India who
hold a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL).
Ashfaq Ahmed, who is a bakery worker of modest means, never thought his
daughter could realize her dream and become a pilot one day. He was aware of
her fascination for flying and Airplanes but with his poor earnings in India,
he could never think of ever being able to help her fulfill her life’s dream of
becoming a pilot.
everything changed when she appeared at the EAMCET coaching at an institute.
“What will you like to become”, the instructor asked, and he couldn’t believe
his ears when the girl said “A Pilot.” Although everyone who heard her was
amused by her answer and they dismissed it as a childish idea. Zahid Ali Khan,
Editor of the Urdu Daily, Siasat, believed Salwa when he saw the determination in
her eyes when she said it. And it was he who offered her moral and financial
support initially to realize her dream. He encouraged and groomed Salwa. But
the support didn’t stop there when he used his vast influence to get her
admitted to the Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy in 2007. After that, she was
unstoppable and Salwa is now busy appearing for interviews of various airlines
in Delhi and is hopeful of landing a job soon.
was recently asked if being a woman makes piloting difficult? To which she replied,
“Not at all. The aircraft doesn’t know or care about your gender. You just have
a liberated woman, it’s a pity she won’t go as far as to ditch the traditional
Muslim Hajib she is forced to wear. If we want to talk about gender and equality
it’s hard not to bring a fact like that to light. Her culture tells her she
can’t show other men her head and that she needs to wear modest clothing but
she is worried about equality? Seems a bit far-fetched don’t you agree?
Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it supported
the petition opposing the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi
Bohra Muslim community.
bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear on July 30 the plea
filed by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari and asked the parties to file their
bench also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the
parties to advance arguments on the plea and on the aspect as to whether it can
also be referred to a Constitution bench.
am supporting the petitioner. They can begin their arguments on Monday,"
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the court.
advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that he was seeking to intervene on behalf of some
scholars and doctors who wanted to oppose the age-old practice of genital
mutilation of minor girls in the community.
for a Muslim group, senior advocate A M Singhvi had said during an earlier
hearing that the matter be referred to a constitution bench as it pertained to
the issue of essential practice of the religion which needed to be examined.
had said that the practice of female genital mutilation was a religious and
customary practice and the courts should not intervene in this area.
apex court had on July 9 questioned the practice of female genital mutilation
of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying it violates the
bodily "integrity" of a girl child.
Attorney General had said that the practice causes irreparable harm to girl
children and needed to be banned.
had also told the bench that countries like the USA, the United Kingdom,
Australia and around 27 African countries have banned this practice.
the apex court had ordered Kerala and Telangana to be made parties to a PIL
that has challenged the practice.
ordered that states like Kerala and Telangana, where Bohra Muslim community
resides, should also be made parties to the litigation and issued notice to
them as well. State of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Union Territory
Delhi are already party to the case.
court had on May 8 agreed to examine the issues raised by Tiwari saying that
the practice of female genital mutilation was "extremely important and
had issued notices and sought replies from four Union ministries, including the
Woman and Child Development, besides Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi
where Dawoodi Bohras, who are Shia Muslims, predominantly reside.
in her plea, has sought a direction to the Centre and the states to
"impose a complete ban on the inhuman practice" of 'khatna' or
"female genital mutilation" (FGM) throughout the country.
plea has sought a direction to make FGM an offence on which law enforcement
agencies can take cognisance on their own. It has also sought to make the
offence "non-compoundable and non-bailable" with provision for harsh
ministries of Law and Justice, Social Justice and Empowerment have also been
made parties to the plea which referred to various conventions of the United
Nations, to which India is a signatory.
practice of female genital mutilation resulted in "serious violations of
basic fundamental rights of the victims who in these cases are minors,"
the plea said.
FGM is performed "illegally upon girls (between five years and before she
attains puberty)" and is against the "UN Convention on the Rights of
the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a
signatory", the plea said, adding the practice caused "permanent
disfiguration to the body of a girl child".
practice of 'khatna' or 'FGM' or 'Khafd' also amounts to causing inequality
between the sexes and constitutes discrimination against women. Since it is
carried out on minors, it amounts to serious violation of the rights of
children as even minors have a right of security of person, right to privacy,
bodily integrity and the freedom from cruel, inhumane or degrading
treatment," the plea said.
is a ritual performed on every girl child within the Dawoodi Bohra religious
community without any medical reason and does not have any reference in the
violates the rights of the child and human rights. It also violates the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a crime in the Unites States of
America under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
of 1996 and now a crime in Australia and some other countries as well," it
is no law in India banning FGM or Khatna to declare it illegal," it added.
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Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer for Audi cars in Saudi Arabia, has
announced a substantial sales growth compared to the same period last year. The
company attributed this exceptional rise in sales to the implementation of the
royal decree allowing women to drive cars from June 24.
company stated that its sales to women, in some parts of the Kingdom, reached
more than 50 percent of the total sales in June. Samaco noted that Audi car
showrooms had witnessed more interest from female customers earlier in the
year, but that this increased substantially since the beginning of June,
reflecting the keen desire of women to learn more about Audi cars. Enquiries
from women covered all aspects of the purchase process, including cash and
credit sales offers as well as the company’s after-sales services. There was
also a keen interest in Audi car technologies.
company reported higher sales on Audi cars in general, and in particular
increased demand for Audi A5, A8, Q2 and Q7 models. The Audi Sport RS models
have also been in high demand since the royal decree came into force,
indicating the preference Saudi women have for performance models.
Automotive Company has recruited Saudi women to assist the increasing number of
women visiting Audi showrooms.
Tas, general manager of the Audi brand in Samaco Automotive, said: “Since the
issuance of the royal order allowing women to drive on Sept. 29, 2017,
automotive companies anticipated an increase in sales due to the entry of women
as potential customers. We, at Audi also expected to achieve a reasonable sales
increase, but to our surprise, the sales to our female customers have
contributed to more than 20 percent of our total sales Kingdom-wide so far.”
Delhi, July 23 (UNI) The national secretariat of Communist Party of India (CPI)
on Monday condemned the fatwa issued against Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly-based two
women, Nida Khan and Farhat Naqvi for speaking out against the ‘inhuman Islamic
statement from the All India Faizan-eMadina Council, which issued the fatwa on
July 20, signed by its chief Moin Siddiqui Noori, offered a reward to anyone
who would stone and cut the hair of two women, who recently spoke out against
triple talaq and nikah halala practices” the CPI said in a press release.
Khan and Farhat Naqvi claimed they were ‘divorced’ through triple talaq, the
Left party pointed out and added that “in a recent press conference, Khan had
come out in support of a woman who had claimed she was divorced this way twice
and forced to marry her father-in-law in the name of nikah halala, a law that
requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her
first husband”, the CPI added.
Left party said that it is extending full support to the fighting duo and
appealed to all women in general and Muslim women in particular to oppose
vehemently any move to deny them their just and genuine rights.
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