Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Haroon Sultan from Muzaffargarh has
stepped forward with a contentious claim, terming it ‘haram’ to cast votes for
Consider Creating Larger Bench on Pleas against 'Nikah-Halala', Polygamy:
To Muslim, Woman Barred From ST Seat
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Include Child Marriages under Sexual Offences Act
of Terrorists Disguised as Women Among Daraa Displaced Syrians
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Candidate Terms It 'Haram' To Vote for Women
Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Haroon Sultan from Muzaffargarh has
stepped forward with a contentious claim, terming it ‘Haram’ to cast votes for
claims were publicized by the candidate while addressing a corner meeting in
his constituency in Muzaffargarh.
asserted that he will be follow the directions of religion and will abstain
from casting a vote to any female candidates as it is considered ‘haram’.
went on further to say: “I will work under the commands of Allah and His
messenger, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and will desist from doing the contrary.”
PML-N candidate is in the race for the upcoming general elections from
Muzaffargarh’s constituency of NA-184 where he will be face to face with
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf female candidate Zehra Basit Sultan Bukhari, who is
also reportedly his sister-in-law.
has fielded Nawaz Iftikhar Khan in this constituency.
DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday said it would consider setting up of a
five-judge constitution bench to examine the validity of the prevalent
practices of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among the Muslims.
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.
will look into it," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said,
adding that they will be listed for hearing before the constitution bench after
the Centre files its response.
polygamy allows a Muslim man to have four wives, 'nikah halala' deals with the
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 consummation.
solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said the government
will file its response to the petitions.
development assumes significance as the Centre has recently made it clear that
it would oppose in the Supreme Court the practice of 'nikah halala' when the
top court would examine its legal validity in the coming days.
court's observation came when senior lawyer V Shekhar and advocate Ashwini
Kumar Updhayay, appearing for Delhi-based Sameena Begum, sought urgent hearing
of her petition, alleging she has been threatened by her in-laws to either
withdraw the petition from the apex court or get thrown out of the matrimonial
will list her petition along with other petitions," the bench, also
comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said.
lawyers said that earlier, the petitions were shown in the advance cause list
of business of the Supreme Court but later they got deleted, which led them to
mention them for urgent listing.
top court had on March 26 referred to a five-judge bench the petitions
challenging the constitutional validity of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among
had considered the submission that 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'.
had then issued notices to ministries of law and justice and minority affairs
as well as the National Commission of Women (NCW) after taking note of the
pleas on the issues of polygamy and 'nikah halala'.
petitions have also challenged the practices of 'Nikah Mutah' and 'Nikah Misyar'
-- both temporary marriages where duration of the relationship is specified and
agreed upon in advance.
Begum, in her petition, 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 also filed by Delhi-based woman Nafisa Khan seeking almost
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 religions.
top court had also allowed Muslim Women Resistance Committee, Kolkata to file
an application for impleadment as a party in the hearing.
to Muslim, woman barred from ST seat
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court dismissed the nomination of a Gond
Scheduled Tribe (ST) woman for contesting the panchayat elections from a
reserved seat, citing her marriage with a Muslim man. The onus of proving that
she isn’t following Islamic rituals but continues to be a Gond ST lies on the
woman, the HC observed.
Tabassum’s nomination — for contesting the Panchayat Samiti resident’s election
as an ST candidate from Kurkheda sub-division in Gadchiroli — was rejected
after her rival Manoj Sidam moved the HC, demanding the dismissal of her
had filed the nomination in her paternal name, Sharda Deorao Uike, as the seat
was reserved for an ST candidate. She was originally an ST and embraced Islam
after marriage, which makes her a non-ST and thus ineligible to contest the
election, the petitioner pointed out.
the facts of the case and considering the proposition laid down in the SC
judgment, it’s held that the woman is not eligible to contest the election as
an ST candidate,” a division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari
and Zaka Haq said. tnn
After Sagar, Thirthahally, Sahyadri, Mangalore, Burqa dispute surfaced yet
again in Koppa now.
incident took place at a government college in Koppa Taluk when Muslim girls
were objected to wearing Burqas in the classroom.
last year, Muslim students came to college in Burqas and removed it in rest
rooms before entering their class. But this year, they attended the classes
wearing Burqa which sparked controversies. This was against the college
protocol of having a uniform.
June 30, a group of students wrote to the Principal to ban Burqa but the
Principal said there is no such rule like that.
by this, the ABVP students came to college wearing saffron shawls protesting
against women being allowed to wear a head scarf or Burqa in college.
new government should address child marriages in the country under the Sexual
Offences against Children Act 2017 (Act 792).
is following a video, which has gone viral, showing the marriage of an
11-year-old girl as the third wife to a 41-year-old man.
social groups and concerned citizens have called on the authorities to
marriages are not new in Malaysia. Concrete action must be taken by the
government to end such marriages for the safety of our children.
792, gazetted in July last year, is adequately equipped with many procedures to
combat crimes against children.
including underage marriages, it can ensure immediate action against the
792 was an initiative of the Barisan Nasional government to protect underage
children in the country from harm, especially from sexual crimes. It has
introduced new offences against children, namely, child grooming and child
the act did not touch on child marriages.
laws for Muslims, the marriageable age for women is lower than men. Section 8
of the Malaysian Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 (Act 303)
clearly states that the minimum legal age for Muslim boys to marry is 18 years
old, while it’s 16 for a Muslim girl.
couples are allowed to marry with written permission from the Syariah Court,
after both sets of parents have put in an application to formalise their
nuptials. Without permission from the Syariah Court, the couple has committed
an offence and shall be punished with a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail not
exceeding six months or both.
non-Muslims, the legal age of marriage is 18. Non–Muslim girls are permitted to
marry between the ages of 16 and 18 with the consent of the chief minister.
is clearly stipulated under Section 10 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce)
Act 1976 (Act 164). Though the law on this issue seems clear, it can be abused
if no proper action is taken.
underage marriage has lasting consequences, especially for the victim. Women
married in their teens or earlier struggle with the health effects of getting
pregnant very young. The welfare of the newborn is also uncertain.
marriages could lead to domestic violence, child sexual abuse and even marital
rape if no concrete steps are taken.
government should consider this proposal, meet agencies on the issue and find
ways to protect the interest and safety of our children.
are hundreds of armed men disguised as women with fake IDs among the Syrians
displaced in the border area near Jordan as a result of the ongoing bombardment
campaign on Syria’s Daraa province, an army senior officer said on Monday.
of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army
(JAF) Morale Guidance Department Lt. Col. Oudeh Shdeifat said that the
army is “fully aware of these armed men and is dealing with the situation with
remarks to The Jordan Times on Monday, Shdeifat added that these armed men
belong neither to the Syrian government nor
to the opposition but “to terrorist groups which have been expelled from
their strongholds, including the Daesh terror group”.
are some parties exploiting the displaced Syrians to serve ‘evil’ agenda. The
army is vigilant and ready to deal with.”
said that the JAF is “firmly” sealing off the borders with Syria in
implementation of a sovereign decision, adding that no refugees will be allowed
to enter Jordan “except for some critical cases, only for medical treatment”.
completing their treatment in Jordan, these Syrian patients are sent back to
their country,” he said.
also said that the army has set up a 20-bed field hospital on the borders with
Syria to treat injured people and three first-aid units while six ambulances
will be added to the five already existing ones, all adequately equipped.
20 injured Syrians among those displaced in the border areas have been referred
to the King Abdullah University Hospital in Ramtha during the past 48 hours.
Some of them have been treated and returned,” Shdeifat said.
also said that Jordanians were still gathering donations to be sent to the
displaced neighbours, adding that a total of 26 trucks laden with food, water,
medicine and blankets were dispatched by the army to those across the border
through the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation.
spokesman in Amman Mohammad Hawari was quoted by AFP on Monday as saying that
the number of displaced in southern Syria exceeded 270,000 people, as a result
of the government’s offensive on rebel-held parts of Daraa province.
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