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Constitutional Rights Forum
Government Is Worried About Muslim Women, Give Us Reservations” Member AIMPLB
Aging 10 To 14 Comprise 6 Per Cent of Marriages in Iran
Woman Was Allegedly Assaulted, Her Hijab Pulled, In Possible Hate Crime in Oklahoma
Pakistani Female Dancers Deported From Kenya
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Devotees of All Religion, Gender and Age Groups Can Visit Nainar Mosque at
reports of a few women activists of a Right wing group attempting to enter
forcibly the prayer hall of the Nainar Mosque (Vavar Palli) at Erumely, its management
has clarified that devotees of all religion, gender and age groups can visit
the mosque as part of their pilgrimage to Sabarimala.
Shajahan, president, Erumely Mahalla Muslim Jamaat, which manages the mosque,
said here on Tuesday that they had not imposed any restrictions on the visit of
Sabarimala devotees before or after the Supreme Court’s verdict that lifted the
ban on women in the 15-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala temple.
have been receiving women of all age groups as visitors for a long time and the
trend continues even after the recent SC verdict. There is no restriction on
them entering the mosque, circumambulating it and providing offerings, as is
the tradition,” he said.
large number of Sabarimala pilgrims visit the mosque throughout the annual
pilgrim season, reviving the the local myth of Lord Ayyappa’s friendship with
the Muslim youth Vavar. Besides pilgrims, the location has witnessed a huge
inflow of tourists, including women, who come to Erumely during the pilgrimage
season. It, however, does not permit the entry of Muslim women to the prayer
other day the police had arrested six people, including three women from Tamil
Nadu, while on their way to visit the mosque here. The accused were booked
under various Sections, including attempts to promote animosity between
different religious groups, and were remanded.
the face of reports that some women belonging to a Right wing group would
attempt to enter the prayer hall here, additional police personnel were posted
here to prevent their entry to the prayer room.
Talaq A Real Issue But Wrongly Caught In Politics: Minority Women’s Constitutional
want to work towards positive politics,” says Razia Patel, who heads the
minority education cell of the Indian Institute of Education. Patel, along with
others, has set up a minority women’s constitutional rights forum (Muslim
Mahila Sanvidhan Hakka Parishad) that aims to raise practical issues and set a
minority groups are just engaged and engulfed in the religious politics and
their issues are being used for vested interests… The latest example is current
politics of a very sensitive issue of oral talaq, which is a real issue but
wrongly caught in politics. On the other hand, real issues of the community,
such as education, employment, security and empowerment for women, and human
and citizenship rights are not getting addressed by policy makers in an
effective way,” Patel told The Indian Express.
forum was set up after the Indian Institute of Education conducted a two-day
national workshop for women from minority groups on ‘leadership development and
constitutional rights’ on January 3 and 4. “Very few women rise to leadership
positions and more so it applies for women from the marginalised sections. The
forum feels that these issues can be resolved within the constitutional framework
alone with an awareness about the constitutional rights,” said Patel.
of Prof Sabiha Hussain from the Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies,
Jamia Millia Islamia, who feels there is a tremendous challenge before Muslim
women regarding their leadership development, Hasina Khan, who has been working
on the talaq issue, Mumtaz Shaikh, another activist, Jamila Begum from Mumbai,
who has been working on ‘Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao aandolan’, and Prof Qudsia
Anjum from Saharanpur have come together to set up a new platform.
Sharad Javdekar, joint member secretary of the Indian Institute of Education,
said that efforts to push women behind were being made by vested interests.
“There is an environment of communal hatred being perpetrated consciously and there
is also an effort to use educational curriculum for same. The schemes for
minority development remain on paper and women need to be vigilant against
these and develop their leadership with political consciousness. This cannot
happen with an NGO-centric approach only,” Javdekar said during the workshop.
Bhakare, an activist working on issues of Dalit Christian women, and social
activist Vidya Bal also participated in the workshop. Bal said that “religious
fanaticism has made women’s issues more complicated” and accordingly “new
challenges have come up”.
per cent quota an election gimmick’
is an increasing poverty and unemployment in the country… It is the result of
faulty policies and lack of proper development model. It calls for overall
changes in economic policies in favour of deprived people like farmers and
jobless youth. Just providing 10 per cent reservation is an election gimmick
and will not provide any relief to anyone. It is yet another jumla,” said
Muzaffer, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) women wing who
was on a visit to Bhatkal for the centenary celebrations of Anjuman
Hami-e-Muslimeen Bhatkal, addressed a press conference here and spoke about how
the government is compromising the constitution of India in the name of ‘Muslim
women empowerment bill’.
the press conference here at the Anjuman administrative building Fathima
demanded reservations for Muslim women in Parliament, Job sector, Education
sector and elsewhere if the government is worried about Muslim women’s
to unemployment and poverty we are unable to send our children to schools, we
are the least represented in all the government services, this is the real
agony of the Muslims of India. Let them bring a bill which will give us
representation, they are speaking about our empowerment, let them give us
representation and reservation in all the government services and sectors”
a question by Bhatkallys.com staff about the AIMPLB’s efforts of holding talks
with BJP leaders and women MPs like Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani, Fathima
added that the organization has time and again sought appointments from these
leaders and also from the President of India which have been repeatedly denied.
have written an open letter to the President of India, which is also available
on our website, seeking appointment of the president to discuss on this issue
and also 18 months from then we didn’t receive any communication from the
have conveyed our message to the leaders of oppositions who have taken stand
against the bill, we are thankful to them, but their efforts didn’t yield any
result because of the numbers they have in the parliament” Fathima further
another question about the laws banning triple talaq in the Muslim countries,
which the Modi government has been using as an argument in their favor Fathima
said “First of all we are not the citizen of other countries, we are the
citizens of India, so we are not bothered about what are the laws in other
countries. Secondly, in other countries there are several procedures and
regulations as Shariah law is the land of law in those countries, which is not
the case in India. So we cannot compare laws of two different countries in two
the end Fathima also spoke about how GST and demonetization played with the
sentiments of people and the economy of the country.
Bhatkal coordinator of women wing Nabira Mohtesham and Zareena Kola were also
present during the press conference.
Jan 8, 2019
per cent of Iranian girls get married between 10 and 14 while the bill
proposing to increase the marriage age for girls was recently turned down by
the parliamentary Judicial Committee.
Salahshouri, head of the women’s faction in the mullahs’ parliament, spoke
about this issue in a meeting in Tehran on child marriages. She said, “We
continue to see girls get married between 9 and 14 years of age… Some 6 per
cent of those who get married are girls between 10 and 14.” (The official IRNA
news agency – January 6, 2019)
continued her remarks, “Do we want to realize population growth by marriages of
girls under 13?… There are one million young men and women who do not have the
wherewithal to get married. Instead of opposition to the bill on child
marriages and focusing on the marriage of 40,000 kids, it might be better to
provide these youths the resources they need.”
added, “How could a 10-year-old be deprived of the right to vote but be able to
get married while she is not prepared at all to tend to the needs of her
husband and is not in any way prepared to be married and bear a child? Given
their health and healthy pregnancy, many of these women suffer from cancer
after they reach 30.”
special assistant to citizens’ rights in the presidential directorate on women
and family affairs, Shahnaz Sajjadi, also addressed the same meeting.
early marriage as “one of the tragedies of our times,” Sajjadi said, “Child
marriage violates children’s rights and we are not entitled to obliterate the
childhood of any human being. Under our law, a minor (under 18 years of age) is
not entitled to own a property, have a driver’s license or vote because he/she
is considered immature. How do we expect such a person to be able to get
married? This is while the Convention on the Rights of the Child reiterates
that a child becomes mature at the age of 18.” (The official IRNA news agency –
January 6, 2019)
Iranian regime’s experts have estimated that 180,000 of under-18 child
marriages take place in Iran, every year.
Muslim woman from Oklahoma said an attacker pulled her hijab and told her to
“go back to [her] country” in an incident that police are now investigating as
a potential hate crime.
alleged assault occurred while Jenan Ayesh, from Enid, Oklahoma, was in Dallas
with family a little over a week ago. Ayesh said she was later diagnosed with a
a press conference in Oklahoma City last Friday, Ayesh said she was
particularly troubled that her mother and 10-year-old daughter witnessed the
was very hard for me to experience this,” Ayesh said during the press
conference organized by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-OK). “I never thought that I would get attacked in this way,
especially not in front of my mom. It was very hard for her to see that and
also hard for me to know that my oldest daughter had to witness that, too.”
child [should ever have to] see their mom in that kind of condition or have to
experience that,” she said.
said the attack occurred on Saturday, Dec. 29, while she and her family were
waiting for a ride home after visiting the Reunion Tower, a popular tourist
spot in Dallas. She said that a woman who wanted to use a door that Ayesh’s
family was standing in front of became agitated, telling her to “go back to
[her] country.” When Ayesh explained that America is her country, she said the
woman asked why she wore a hijab, an Islamic head covering some Muslim women
don as part of their spiritual practice.
to Ayesh, the woman slapped her twice, yanked off her hijab and pulled her hair
before fleeing the scene.
she initially didn’t think she was physically injured, Ayesh said she began
experiencing headaches as well as neck and chest pain the next day. She
contacted police on Sunday, Dec. 30.
are some discrepancies between Ayesh’s account now and the summary released by
the Dallas Police Department. The police report suggests that the officers
responding on Sunday night may have thought Ayesh was describing an incident
earlier that same evening. The police report also has the incident occurring at
the Renaissance Tower ? perhaps reflecting a confusion of names by an
many victims of trauma, it was not until later after the attack that Ms. Ayesh
realized that she had been the victim of a hate crime and that she should
report it,” Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK’s civil rights director, told HuffPost.
few days later after the alleged attack, Ayesh visited an emergency room and
was diagnosed with a concussion, Laizure said.
police spokesperson Carlos Almeida told HuffPost on Tuesday that the department
is investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime. Police haven’t publicly
identified a suspect in the case.
is not representing Ayesh in a legal capacity, Laizure said, but is helping
raise awareness about the incident.
Dallas/Fort Worth chapter is also offering support to Ayesh’s family, according
to legal director Dontrey Tatum. He said he welcomed the police department’s
decision to treat the matter as a possible hate crime.
Dallas PD are sending a message that bias-motivated intimidation and attacks
will not be tolerated,” Tatum told HuffPost. “It is important to show that hate
crimes are unacceptable and will be punished by law.”
executive director, Adam Soltani, said during the press conference that he
believes the alleged incident is part of an “atmosphere of Islamophobia” in
America. He said that the “vast majority” of hate incidents the chapter has
dealt with over the past 13 years involved Muslim women who were wearing headscarves “because that’s a very visible
symbol of their faith.”
CAIR documented a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017,
compared to the prior year.
as Americans, should work on creating an atmosphere that encourages dialogue
respecting differences and building a foundation based on understanding, based
on things we have in common so that we can move forward in a way in which
everyone can live peacefully,” Soltani said.
her part, Ayesh said she bears no ill will toward the alleged attacker.
just want to see her understand what I went through and understand that we’re
not scary,” Ayesh said. “She didn’t need to be afraid of me and she didn’t need
to attack me in that way.”
The eight Pakistani women, who were flown into Kenya through the assistance of
Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa, have been deported.
to reports in Kenyan media, the eight belly dancers, alongside one Indian
dancer have been deported for violating terms of their temporary passes that
allowed them into Kenya, allegedly to promote transnational culture.
the women, all aged above 18 and suspected to have been victims of human
trafficking, were arrested at a social club in Parklands, and arraigned in
court on charges of being in the country illegally.
statement from the Ministry of Interior said the women had been deported for
violating regulation 26 (3) of Kenya Citizenship and Migration regulations, by
engaging in activities outside of what was specified in their entry documents.
are still going on to establish the circumstances in which the women came into
Kenya ostensibly to promote transnational culture but ended up in suspicious
places,” Interior spokeswoman Wangui Muchiri said.
Friday, a magistrate ordered that the women, known as belly dancers, be kept in
a safe house to enable police establish whether they are victims of human
trafficking. Senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot sitting at the
Milimani law courts Nairobi gave the order after being furnished with special
permits issued to the eight foreign girls by Mr Echesa.
lawyer Evans Ondieki told Cheruiyot that the eight girls who were arrested at
Balle Balle Club at Parklands “are in the country legally with full permission
of CS Echesa.” Ondieki said the eight cultural dancers from Pakistan were
allowed to enter into the country by Echesa to promote trans-national cultures.
The lawyer pleaded with the magistrate to release the girls to be detained in a
safe house where police can access them whenever they want as they investigate
the owner of Balle Balle Club who flew the girls into Kenya.
humanitarian grounds I urge this court to release these girls as they have not
bathed for the last one week, health rules require women to fresh up and bath
as many times as they can afford,” Ondieki told the magistrate. He said it was
very regretful that police are stifling the order of CS Echesa allowing the
girls to perform in Kenya upto January 18, 2019. He said each of the girls paid
the Immigration Department Sh45,000 to be issued with the special passes. “What
government are the police serving and what government is Echesa serving. Aren’t
they serving the same regime,” Ondieki wondered.
prevailed upon the court to release the girls to Nadeem Khan, of Blue Heart, a
non-governmental organisation against human trafficking, Violence and Child
Abuse to place them in a safe house where “only him and police can access the
girls for interrogation.”
their release had been opposed vehemently by state prosecutor Annette Wangia
the magistrate in exercise of his inherent powers , released the girls to Khan
on humanitarian grounds with orders only police from the trans-national crimes
desk can access the girls who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking.
eight Pakistani women who were deported from Kenya on Tuesday filed a petition
in court against Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Sports CS Rahid Echesa. Through
their lawyers, the Pakistani nationals requested the court to order the two
leaders to pay them Sh9.1 million for what they termed as an illegal
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