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woman in hijab had legal right to be heard: Canadian court
which traps Muslim girls and make them Hindu on the prowl
gets death for rape, murder of teenage girl
Pradesh man booked for giving triple talaq to wife over phone
ordered to submit charge sheet against accused in girl’s harassment case
#MeToo Video Draws Critique of His Record on Women
President Erdoğan urges women, children to go to mosques
Muslim religious teacher sexually abused girls as young as nine
Arabia’s football federation appoints first women board members
heads of household lose their jobs with closure of NGO complex
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start ‘Love Kranti’ to counter ‘Love-Jihad’, says BJP MLA from Laksar
BJP legislator from Laksar Sanjay Gupta on Thursday said that he will start
‘Love Kranti’ in his constituency in the coming days in which he will support
“around 500 Hindu youths who have fallen in love with a Muslim girl and want to
added that as opposed to ‘Love Jihad’ — which he termed as Muslim youth
marrying Hindu girls — his initiative will herald a ‘Love Kranti.’
to TOI, the legislator said, “There have been instances when parents came to me
and said that their daughters are being victims of Love Jihad. So I have
planned to counter this with Love Kranti.”
controversial MLA had earlier been in the news for speaking out against chief
minister Trivendra Singh Rawat accusing him of neglecting his own partymen.
BJP MLA also blamed the leaders of the Muslim community for supporting Love
CM when asked about Gupta’s remarks said that he “wasn’t aware about the MLA’s
comments but there have been increasing instances of men changing their names
and hiding their true identity to get married.”
lashing out at the BJP, Congress state president Pritam Singh said, “It is a
clear case of polarising the people ahead of election in the name Love Jihad.
And unfortunately, the CM is also supporting the MLA’s idea. Such kind of
things should be discouraged by the civil society.”
A judge cannot refuse to take testimony from a woman because she is wearing an
Islamic veil, a Canadian court ruled on Wednesday.
citizen may wear any religious attire in a courtroom so long as their
“religious beliefs are sincere” and they do not “conflict with another person’s
constitutional rights,” the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled unanimously.
Rania El-Alloul was expelled from a courtroom in 2015 for wearing a hijab.
Eliana Marengo of the Court of Quebec had cited a court ruling that every
person must be “appropriately dressed” and compared El-Alloul’s headscarf “to a
hat or sunglasses.”
Marengo did not take into account the right of El-Alloul “to religious
expression,” the three appeals judges ruled.
Canadian province of Quebec passed a ban in 2017 which forbids face-coverings
on anyone giving or receiving public services. The law has been suspended by
two judges since it was passed amidst debate that it focuses specifically on
Muslim women and the niqab.
A gang is on the prowl in Rampur which kidnaps Muslim girls by trapping them.
According to Inquilab, the gang prepares a document showing them Hindu girls.
Then it forces the minor girls to write a complaint to the SP telling that I am
Hindu and my family is forcing me to marry a Muslim boy.
plot came to light when a police officer drove away, the mother sister and
brothers of a kidnapped girl, saying that if you come again you will be sent to
jail. The family of the girl protested before the collectorate and complained
about the misbehaviour of the police officer of the SPs office.
wife of Ameer Ahmed R/O Dongarpur had lodged a missing complaint of her
14-year-old daughter Mahek. SP ordered Civil Line police to register the
complaint but the police didn’t register the complaint. In the complaint,
Rayeesan stated that his daughter Mahek worked in MI Care where she met Manoj
Saxena and Sachin Sharma. Both took her to Gowri Tour and Travels located in
district panchayat on the pretext of giving her training.
September 29 when she didn’t return home, the family went to the Gowri Tour and
travels in search of her. Manoj and Sachin along with other four people were
there. They told that we have kidnapped and raped the girl. And now we have
sold the girl for flesh trading. And now she has become a Hindu.
family told that police came to the spot and gave the photocopy of a document in
which girl’s name was mentioned Arya Agarwal and her date of birth was shown
June 5, 1994, while Mahek is higher school pass and date of birth on her
certificate is April 5, 2004. The family demanded a DNA Test of Mahek. They
submitted ration card, Aadhaar card, residence certificate, pan card copies and
school certificate from right from the first standard in support of their
A district court on Wednesday awarded capital punishment to a man in a
22-year-old case pertaining to a teenager’s abduction, rape and murder.
Sabir was found guilty of committing offences punishable under Sections 302
(premeditated murder) and 109 (abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
District and Sessions judge (Malir) Shafi Mohammad Pirzada pronounced his
verdict, which was earlier reserved after recording the evidence and final
arguments from both sides.
judge wrote in his order that the murder of the 15/16-year-old girl had been
committed in a brutal manner; she was buried at the place of incident with the
intention to disappear/screen out the evidence of the offence; therefore, the
accused did not deserve any leniency.
judge found Sabir guilty of abetting/assisting in the murder of the girl by
main accused Zahoor Ahmed and held that the “abettor would be liable to same
punishment just as main accused”.
to the prosecution, the complainant had lodged a case regarding the abduction
of his daughter under Section 11 and 16 of Enforcement of Hadd Ordinance at
district Bahawalpur in November 1995.
accused Zahoor Ahmed, arrested in Bahawalpur on March 25, 1996, had disclosed
during interrogation to have abducted the girl on the night between Nov 23 and
24, 1995 at the instigation of his companion Sabir with the intention to commit
zina and sent her to Karachi along with the co-accused.
some days, the prosecution added, Zahoor also came to Karachi and both of them
subjected her to rape, but Sabir instigated him to kill her when she asked for
brought the girl to a house in Bhittaiabad where they strangled her to death on
the night between Jan 23 and 24, 1996 and buried her in the courtyard of the
said house, the prosecution added.
Naveed Ahmed Baloch, the defence counsel for Sabir, denied the allegations and
claimed his client was innocent and pleaded to acquit him of the ‘false
The Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday booked a man for giving triple talaq to
his wife over the phone. This is the fourth case that has been reported in a
week, and second from UP.
case, allegedly over a dowry issue, comes weeks after the Centre passed an
ordinance criminalising triple talaq. According to the woman’s mother, Reshma,
her daughter was being harassed by her in-laws. She alleged that her
son-in-law, who lives in Saudi Arabia, divorced her daughter after she couldn’t
arrange for the dowry.
daughter was being mistreated by her in-laws. I brought her to my house and
they started demanding her to bring money and threatened of talaq (divorce).
Later, my son-in-law gave triple talaq to my daughter over the phone from
Saudi. We demand strict action against this injustice,” Reshma said.
woman, Noori said, “I have been married for eight months. My mother-in-law
beats me and demands to bring a motorcycle and fifty thousand rupees.”
woman’s husband lives in Saudi Arabia. We have received a complaint that he has
given ‘talaq’ to her. Based on the complaint, we have registered a case under
the provisions of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act and other
relevant sections under the Indian Penal Code. We are investigating the case
and necessary action will be taken,” the police said.
Talaq, or verbal divorce, is often practiced by a section in the Muslim
community in India to divorce their wives instantly by saying the word ‘talaq’
thrice. Several Muslim and women organisations have, over the years, denounced
the practice, calling it un-Islamic and anti-women.
Judicial magistrate-II on Thursday rejected recommendations of the
investigation officer of police for cancellation of Farzana Jamali harassment
case and ordered him to submit charge sheet against the accused vice chancellor
of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) and head of its English
judge, Safdar Ali Jatoi, said in his order that the investigation officer had
no power to wind up the process of investigation by cancelling the judicial
proceedings. He turned down the IO’s summary and directed him to submit charge
sheet against both the accused on or before Oct 10.
Jamali, a final-year student of the English department, had accused the VC and
the lecturer of sexual harassment and lodged an FIR against them on Sept 4. The
accused had obtained pre-arrest interim bail in the case.
enquiry committee was also formed by Sindh chief minister after a series of
protests by the student, her family, political parties and civil society but
the committee headed by Prof Abdul Qadeer Rajput gave a clean chit to the VC
and the lecturer concluding that the charge of sexual harassment was not proved
Jamali rejected the committee’s conclusions at a recently held press conference
and said that after she went public with her ordeal, the influential accused
had her father Aijaz Jamali arrested and then got his brother implicated in a
rejected all police allegations against her father and brother and termed them
a part of a conspiracy to force her to drop charges against the accused. She
said her family were receiving threats that if they did not withdraw the
harassment case, they would have to face consequences.
Supreme Leader has drawn scrutiny of his nation’s treatment of women by saying
the head-covering they are compelled to wear in public can save women in the
West from sexual assault.
Ali Khamenei extolled what he described as the virtues of the hijab, an Islamic
female head-covering, in a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday.
disaster of countless sexual assaults on Western women—including incidents
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a tweeted message accompanying the video, he said the hijab is an Islamic
solution to what he called the “disaster of countless sexual assaults on
Western women — including incidents leading to #Metoo campaign.” He was
referring to the global movement of women who say they have suffered and
survived sexual abuse at the hands of men or boys.
timed his tweet to coincide with the first anniversary of an Oct. 5, 2017, New
York Times report detailing sexual harassment allegations by female employees
against American movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Days later, the article led
actress Alyssa Milano to urge people to tweet #MeToo if they also have been
sexually harassed. The hashtag quickly went viral.
Khamenei’s video, which shows excerpts of a speech he delivered in March, he
says: “A large number of Western female politicians announced one right after
another that they had been subjected to abuse, harassment, or violence at times
while they were working in government offices. By introducing the hijab, Islam
has shut the door on a path that would pull women towards such deviation. …
Islam does not allow this through the hijab.”
Alinejad, a freelance host of VOA Persian’s Tablet program and a prominent
exiled Iranian campaigner against Iran’s compulsory hijab for women, said
Khamenei’s comments portray women as responsible for any sexual harassment that
Khamenei, who is the symbol of suppression of women in Iran, focused on the
harassers instead of blaming women, then Iranian women would be more courageous
and feel more free to speak about sexual harassment cases happening in the
country,” Alinejad said in an appearance on the Thursday edition of VOA
Persian’s News at Nine show.
an April 2017 article, Iran’s reformist Shargh newspaper quoted the Iranian
judiciary’s deputy chief of strategic affairs, Hossein Ghanbarnejad, as saying
there was a sharp increase in cases of sexual harassment of women from 2010 to
2014. He said the judiciary recorded about 72,000 harassment cases in 2010, a
figure that he said jumped by 98 percent to 142,933 cases registered by police
May 2017 report by U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch, about discrimination
against women in the Iranian job market, led with the following critique:
“Women in Iran confront an array of legal and social barriers, restricting not
only their lives but also their livelihoods, and contributing to starkly
unequal economic outcomes.”
said managers and employees whom it interviewed spoke of not being aware of any
anti-sexual harassment policies at their place of employment. It said several
women also reported instances of sexual harassment.
lesson from #MeToo
said Khamenei was drawing the wrong lesson from the West’s public outcry about
cases of sexual abuse of women.
has not realized that the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment scandals in the
West are in fact an indication that women are getting stronger in Western
countries — women who were silenced for years and blamed in these cases,” she
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the staff of Turkey’s top religious body, the
Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) on Oct. 4, to encourage women and
children to become accustomed to going to mosques.
said there was a “taboo” against women and men praying together in mosques.
are mentalities that show this as Islam. But we need to get rid of these. These
wrong taboos need to be destroyed now. And this needs to be done by the
president of Diyanet. If the deputy president of Diyanet is currently a woman,
that is a sign such taboos are being destroyed,” he said.
president made the comments while addressing clerics at the Presidential
Complex at a meeting marking “Mosques and Religious Officials Week.”
is my personal duty to encourage open discussion of all questions related to
religion and mosques in this country,” Erdoğan said.
there a verse or hadith [in the Quran] that bars women from going to mosques?”
have never heard of it or have read of such a thing. My tutors have never
taught me anything like that. These false beliefs must be dispelled,” said the
noted the first week of October has been celebrated as “Mosques and Religious
Officials Week” since 1986.
gladly follow these events, aimed at boosting our children and women’s interest
in our mosques,” he said.
society cannot maintain its existence if its ties to its civilizational values
have been weakened just as is the case of a tree whose roots have been severed.
Religion, wisdom, morality and justice are load-bearing pillars that support us
as a nation,” Erdoğan said.
president pointed out that turning mosques merely into houses of prayer would
be the one of the worst things that could be done.
my eyes, a mosque is empty without our children’s joy, our youth’s excitement,
our elderly’s experience, our women’s grace and dexterity. If we are to build
the future, we should encourage a mosque-centered life,” he said.
have refrained themselves [from going to] mosques as time passes by. If youth
are looking for a solution to their [lives] slipping away in places other than
mosques, there is something wrong. Many of us allocate much more time to TV or
mobile phones than their partners or parents. And our religious lives are also
becoming affected by this process,” Erdoğan said.
language of sermons and khutbas should be updated, renewed and refined for
youth to understand. Also, our religious officials should avoid otherizing and
alienating expressions in all forms and kinds,” the president said.
also said false beliefs about Islam have been used by certain terrorist groups
to exploit people’s faith and Diyanet needed to step in to dispel such beliefs.
reason why groups such as FETÖ and Daesh [another acronym for ISIL] could gain
a foothold in a society is because there are spiritual gaps, which our
institutions fail to fill,” he added.
Muslim religious teacher sexually abused girls as young as nine – while he
taught them the Quran.
Azizur Rehman Pirzada was found guilty of abusing two sisters while under his
care as an Imam.
76-year-old was hired by parents to tutor their daughters, aged nine and 11-years-old,
in 2007, but abused this position of trust to prey on the girls at their family
house in Newham, east London.
girls came forward with evidence in 2015 – and the Imam was arrested a year
later at his address in north west London.
was charged with eight counts of sexual assault with a female under 13, and two
counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
was found guilty of ten counts of sexual abuse with children at Snaresbrook
Crown Court on October 2.
from Northolt, will be sentenced at the same court on November 19.
Sergeant Tony Killeen from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Team said:
“Despite the length of time since the incidents Pirzada has been convicted of
victims have shown a great degree of courage, persistence and determination in
securing the conviction, having persevered with the allegation and supporting
the police investigation.
victims have had to live with this trauma and the absolutely horrendous abuse
they endured for the years they were under the control of Pirzada and will have
to live with these memories for the rest of their lives.
used his level of trust as a religious leader to assault the girls – I would
urge anyone who has been a victim of Pirzada to contact police – specially
trained officers are there to support you.”
Saudi Arabia’s Football Federation (SAFF) has appointed two women to its board
of directors for the first time in its history, and also named a new president.
Al-Arifi, who was previously a SAFF committee member, joins Reham Al-Onaizan,
who brings rich experience in planning and project management from the private
sector, on the board.
is one of the most popular and fastest-growing sports for women in Saudi
Arabia, particularly after stadiums were opened to women to become more
family-friendly with tens of thousands flocking to watch the action since.
said: “Football in Saudi Arabia has always unified us as families behind TV
screens, and now inside stadiums, to support our clubs and national teams who
made us happy and proud for years. It is such an honor to be able to serve the
youth and families of Saudi Arabia through football.
us, football is more than a sport, it’s a rich cultural activity that brings us
Alfawaz was elected as SAFF’s president at the King Fahad Cultural Center in
Riyadh on Wednesday, and he revealed big plans for the development of Saudi
at SAFF’s annual general assembly, he said his goals for Saudi Arabian football
in his first term – which runs until 2022 – are doubling the number of football
players in the country, improving the ranking of the Saudi national team to
40th in the world (up from 70th).
told the meeting: “We are confident about the situation of our national team
before the Asian Cup tournament, we will be preparing our team to achieve the
best possible results. We believe that our football has the right capabilities
to reach a global stage.”
said he plans to send more players from the Kingdom to strong foreign leagues,
a move which began to happen in 2018, and to place the Saudi Pro League – this
year named the MBS League — among the top 10 in the world. His ambitious
program, called ‘The Rise of Saudi Football’, will also see an increase in the
number of national coaches and the recruitment of specialized scouts to
discover more raw talent in Saudi Arabia.
told delegates his plan is inspired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s
Vision 2030 program.
part of his team to improve football, Alfawaz will be joined by Roger Draper,
the former Chief Executive of Sport England from 2003 to 2006 and the Lawn
Tennis Association from 2006 to 2013.
his time at Sport England, Draper had overall accountability for business
turnover of £340m and was involved in London’s 2012 Olympic bid, and the
Wembley National Stadium construction project.
said: “Foreign expertise is essential, and Roger Draper has rich experience in
the English Premier League managing several sports projects. We will benefit
from his experience.”
NGO complex where women heads of household were learning job skills was closed
down due to lack of funds for payment of water bills.
Akbar Esmail-poor, director of the Ava-ye Mandegar Complex, located in the
impoverished Tehran district of Darvazeh Ghaar, said 40 women heads of
household and other vulnerable women were working in the workshops of this
civil association. Their pre-school children were also going to the
kindergartens in the same complex.
complex had to shut down due to water cut off, leaving 40 women heads of
household and their pre-school children without jobs and schools.
says the property belonged to the municipality who had given its management to
the NGO. All activities in this complex took place with the permission of the
Water and Black Water Organization, however, considered the property as a
commercial entity and used business rates in issuing water bills for the
complex, amounting to 4.5 million toumans which the NGO does not afford to pay.
said the only losers in this dispute are 40 women heads of household. He said,
“We have repeatedly brought in their experts, to inspect the complex first hand
and see for themselves that there are no shops or businesses in this complex.
But they said they cannot do anything for us. Their instructions classify
places as residential and commercial, and since the complex is not residential,
it is considered commercial.”
another part of his interview, Esmail-poor said, “We have time and again
announced that we are not a business. We are just an NGO trying to empower and
train women in Darvazeh Ghaar. It is also the place for education of 60
pre-school children. (The Water and Black Water Organization) says, however,
that they do not have NGOs and charities in their lists. Every property is
either residential or commercial.”
asked, “Why do we –an NGO which is active in a difficult area of social
ailments – have to pay monthly utility bills of 3 million toumans? Why is there
not any correct understanding of popular activities in our country and among
the executive managers? Why members of the parliament are not seeking to pass
laws which support such NGOs?” (The state-run ILNA news agency – October 2,
are at least 3.5 million women heads of household in Iran, 82 per cent of whom
are unemployed and live below the poverty line. (The official IRNA news agency
– November 22, 2015)
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