first match of the Sudanese Women's Football League has marked a turning point
in the country's history
• Tributes Paid To The Muslim Journalist
Who Shot To Fame For Her Hijab
• Saudis Top Nationalities
Getting Married To Kuwaitis
• Rights Now: Why Palestinian
Women Do Not Want To Wait For Liberation
• Protest Against Allowing Women
Into Stadiums Draws a Small Crowd in Iran
• Joint Programme To Promote
Decent Work For Women Launched
• 4.5m New Women Voters
Registered In Pakistan
• Sindh High Court Orders Setting
Up Of Women Rescue Police Centres In Every Division
• Sudanese Women Footballers Back
On The Pitch After 30-Year Ban
• Cyber Violence Already Targets
• No Certificates For Talaq,
Khula, Muslims of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh In A Tizzy
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Were Not Allowed Play Football Under Omar Al Bashir, But Since A New Government
Came To Power, Their Games Have Been Attracting Fans
first match of the Sudanese Women's Football League has marked a turning point
in the country's history.
the 30-year reign of former president Omar Al Bashir, women in Sudan were not
allowed to play football.
since his fall in April, the new transitional government has been expected to
adopt liberal policies such as freedom of speech and women's rights across the
women's football games have been attracting spectators.
am very happy because we were able to overcome the customs and traditions that
prevented us from exercising our rights as women in sports," said football
player Azza Adel.
of the first fixtures was 'Mars' team against the Sudan Eagles. It drew support
from enthusiastic fans from the stands of Khartoum's stadium.
if you were told that there is a woman playing football, most people,
especially Sudanese people, saw it as a bad thing," says Sara Mohamed
Said, the captain of the Sudan Eagles.
thank God, there is a wonderful development, and football is very beautiful and
people do not mind women playing the sport," she said.
Paid To The Muslim Journalist Who Shot To Fame For Her Hijab
Tributes have been paid to the BBC journalist Hanna Yusuf, who shot to fame for
publicly defending headscarf-wearing Muslims.
BBC journalist's family broke the news of her death on October 1, saying they
were “deeply saddened and heartbroken,” but gave no further information on her
we mourn her loss, we hope that Hanna’s legacy will serve as an inspiration and
beacon to her fellow colleagues and to her community and her meaningful memory
and the people she has touched for many years lives on,” her family said in a
2015, she made a video for British national daily the Guardian defending the
use of a headscarf, dispelling misconceptions of the hijab as a form of
the video she said people should not assume that every woman who wears the
hijab had been forced into it.
Fidow, a Somalian activist who attended the Yusuf’s funeral in London, along
with 6,000 others, tweeted: “Beautiful soul gone to soon, may her soul rest in
Yusuf was laid to rest today in London.
6k people prayed Janazah on her.
people across the media attended the Janazah today & paid their last
made a profound positive impact at a young age. Beautiful soul gone to soon,
may her soul rest in peace.
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Muslim journalist and author Hussein Kesvani said Yusuf was a “dear friend” to
him, and posted a link to a fundraising campaign created following her death.
to our dear sweet Hanna - who gave us (and continues to give us) so much. We’ll
keep the spirit of your journalism alive and make sure young women from a
minority and working class background, entering the our industry, knows where
to find us.
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to the Go Fund Me page, the money raised will be donated to a charity in
Yusuf’s name, which will serve as her “Sadaqah Jariyah,” a form of ongoing
charity usually given after a Muslim’s death.
non-profit organization Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (Tell MAMA) also paid its
tribute on Twitter, saying: “This is such a big loss.”
Yusuf was a committed, compassionate, empathetic and very talented journalist.
This is such a big loss. May her legacy of important journalistic work continue
to inspire others.
thoughts are with loved ones, colleagues, family, and friends.
News journalist Hanna Yusuf dies aged 27
BBC described her as a "talented young journalist who was widely
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blog Muslim Girl published a story remembering Yusuf’s work as an investigative
journalist, including her stories on the violence in Somalia and her recent investigation
into labor conditions at Costa Coffee stores in the UK.
media industry was equally shocked by the news, and her colleagues quickly paid
tribute to Yusuf, who worked her way up from a researcher to a television
BBC’s Editorial Director Kamal Ahmed said: “Hanna Yusuf was sharp, witty and
allowed us all to understand the important stuff a little better.”
@BBCNews is in mourning after one of our brightest stars died. @HannaAYusuf was
sharp, witty and allowed us all to understand the important stuff a little
better. We will remember Hanna by learning from her remarkable work https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49879307 …
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27-year-old journalist was born in Somalia in 1992 and emigrated to Europe at a
young age. Before her stint at the BBC, she wrote for other British
publications including the Independent, the Times, and Muslim-focused news
organization Muslim News.
Top Nationalities Getting Married To Kuwaitis
CITY, Oct 7: Saudi Arabia tops the nationalities getting married to Kuwaitis
over the years, reports Al- Qabas daily.
statistics of the Ministry of Justice revealed that 2018 witnessed marriages
between Kuwaiti men and 537 Saudi women, 364 women from various countries, 185
Asian women, 110 Syrians, 104 Iraqis, 77 Egyptians and 82 Jordanian women,
reports Al- Seyassah daily.
list includes 65 Arab women, 38 Europeans, 32 Lebanese, 23 Americans, 14
Africans, 13 Yemenis and 10 women from Bahrain, eight Omanis , two Qataris and
one Somalian, in addition to 120 women from other nationalities.
regard to the ratio of Kuwaiti women getting married to foreigners, statistics
showed that nearly 632 cases were registered in 2018 and topping the chart are
Saudi men as they took 252 Kuwaiti spouses, followed by 130 men from other
foreign countries, 39 Qataris and 36 Iraqis, 34 Asians, 30 Egyptians and 22
Europeans. The list included 18 men from Bahrain, 16 Syrians, 11 Jordanians, 10
UAE nationals, 9 Lebanese, 8 Omanis, 7 Americans, 4 Yemenis, 3 Palestinians,
and 3 Africans
Now: Why Palestinian Women Do Not Want To Wait For Liberation
from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip and from Beirut to Berlin chanted "No
free homeland without free women," in a concerted effort to bring gender
equality in Palestine to the forefront of social and political discourse rather
than allow it to remain in the shadows of the national liberation.
told [it is] national liberation first and [only then is it time for] women's
emancipation,” Riya Al-Sanah, co-organizer of the demonstrations, told
Al-Monitor, adding, “We do not accept this separation anymore. What kind of
liberation are we talking about if it doesn’t include women?”
is a member of the grassroots feminist organization Tal’at, which means “coming
out” in Arabic. She worked with local groups to ensure the demonstrations took
place simultaneously on Sept. 26. The demonstration in Haifa — with nearly
1,000 protesters — was held without interruption. But protesters in Jerusalem —
the majority of whom were women — were confronted by Israeli soldiers as they
hoisted the Palestinian flag. Video footage emerged showing Israeli police
violently pushing and breaking up the demonstration.
Ramallah, protests focused on violence against women and femicide. The
protesters ended their march in front of the Palestinian Medical Complex — the
main government hospital in the city — where a 39-year-old woman from Jenin was
being treated for injuries inflicted by domestic violence. Protesters said her
legs were broken as a result of her family beating her, and she may end up with
both legs amputated. The demonstrations were sparked by the recent femicide of
21-year-old Israa Ghrayeb from Bethlehem, who was allegedly beaten to death by
the hands of male relatives, hauling into the spotlight the prevalence of
domestic violence in Palestine.
compiled by the Palestinian Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
found there were 23 cases of femicide in 2018 — 13 in the West Bank and 10 in
the Gaza Strip.
to Amal Abusrour, director of programs at WCLAC, women in Palestine are faced
with the double burden of not only patriarchal social norms but also the
violent nature of the Israeli occupation.
explained how gender-based violence increases in times of conflict and
political unrest in Palestine.
have found that whenever male members of the community are directly oppressed
by Israeli policies, in one way or another they will divert the oppression
toward the marginalized and vulnerable individuals of the community,” Abusrour
said, adding, “And in this case, these are women and children.”
co-sponsored by the UN Fund for Population Activities found that during Israel's
Operation Protective Edge in 2014, domestic violence against married women rose
to 22% and to 30% for nonmarried women in Gaza. Another study in 2013 revealed
that Palestinian women whose husbands were affected by political violence were
89% more likely to experience physical intimate partner violence.
organizations like WCLAC also identify Palestine’s outdated penal system as a
significant barrier for finding justice for women who suffer from domestic
2011, a series of legal reforms in the Palestinian penal code amended existing
laws allowing for lenient sentences for perpetrators, but many human rights
activists believe this hasn’t gone far enough. According to Abusrour, the
amendments have not deterred femicide. In fact, Abusrour said, they have simply
made the perpetrators disguise them better, most often as suicides.
these modifications in the penal code, we used to register larger numbers of
femicide cases under so-called 'honor killings,' because at that time, if a male
killed his female relative [because of] so-called 'honor,' he would have a
lenient sentence,” Abusrour said.
explained that after the penal code was amended, WCLAC noted an increase in
cases registered as suicides. “Sometimes the women will be forced to commit
suicide instead of being killed by her male relative, or sometimes a woman will
be killed and the case will be reported as a suicide. No investigation will be
done around cases of suicide," Abusrour said. “We don't need to have amendments
here and there. What we need is to have holistic, comprehensive, legal reform
in order to protect women and support the victims to have access to
concerning women's rights and gender violence have not only hit the streets of
Palestine but also cinemas.
Means No” is the theme for the sixth annual Palestine Cinema Days festival,
devised to challenge the topic of sexual and gender-based violence through the
lens of cinematography.
Ramallah, there will be several screenings and organized discussions about
women’s images in Arab cinema, gender violence and women in the film industry —
with special attention on the occupation and its impact on gender and family
include “A Thousand Girls Like Me,” which follows the true story of a
23-year-old woman from Kabul trying to bring her rapist father to justice and
fighting against Afghanistan’s corrupt legal system and her own family’s
documentary, “Freedom Fields,” challenges gender norms by following the story
of Libya’s fledgling women’s football team after the Arab Spring.
broadening of social discourse and inclusivity across Palestinian communities
is what activists like Al-Sanah are striving for.
want to rebuild our society, which is deeply fragmented [and] deeply
brutalized. The violence inflicted upon it has had a really adverse impact on
many levels and many layers, so we have to come together,” Al-Sanah said.
need to build a safe and just society for Palestinians as a whole — be it in
Palestine ‘48, be it in the West Bank, Gaza, be it in Lebanese communities of
refugees or in the diaspora,” she added, adding, “We want to unite everybody in
this discourse to end violence against women.”
Against Allowing Women Into Stadiums Draws a Small Crowd in Iran
in Iran reports that on Monday around fifty people gathered outside the Iranian
parliament to protest the latest decision to allow women enter the Azadi
stadium and watch an international men’s soccer game.
circles were advertising today’s gathering in recent days, but photos released
attest that just a few dozen people showed up who were shouting slogans against
the international football federation FIFA.
the past 40 years the clerical rulers of Iran have banned women from watching
men’s sports on religious grounds, although there is no written law in Iran
year, after intense pressure by FIFA, authorities finally agreed to sell
tickets to women for the October 10 match between Iran’s national team and
Cambodia. After tickets went on sale, women quickly bought all the 3,500
tickets offered to them in reserved sections of the stadium.
September, a young woman died after self-immolation over the ban. She had been
arrested trying to enter a game and later threatened with jail time. She poured
gasoline over herself and set it on fire. A few days later she died in the
hospital. This led to a public outcry, which intensified pressure from FIFA.
international federation has promised to send a delegation to Iran to make
certain that the government honors its pledge to allow women enter the stadium.
Programme To Promote Decent Work For Women Launched
- 8 October 2019: Chairperson of the National Council for Women (NCW) Maya
Morsi along with high-profile representatives from Jordan and Palestine
launched on Thursday a joint programme titled “Promoting Productive Employment
and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine."
programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation
Agency (Sida) and implemented jointly by the International Labour Organisation
(ILO) and UN Women. The programme targets to help women benefit from
opportunities pertinent to better jobs, security at workplaces, equal access to
professional development, social protection for families, better prospects for
personal development and integration in society.
meeting, where the programme was initiated, was attended by representatives of
the aforementioned organizations as well as employers’ and workers’
organizations. At the meeting, ILO and UN Women officials presented the key
findings of the inception phase that aimed to validate the programme’s approach
and tailor its services to each of the three partner countries. Later on, discussions
on the next steps in the programme to achieve its objectives took place.
programme is expected to contribute to at least 12 reforms to the regulatory or
legal framework which respond to and promote gender equality; support
governments, employers, workers, CSOs, media, and academia to increasingly
promote gender equality and women's empowerment, and help 2-5 percent increase
of women in management positions in the public and private sectors. Moreover,
the programme expects at least a 10 percent positive change in gender parity in
staffing in the private sector, at least 87 new companies committing to
implement gender equality policies in the Middle East and North Africa region
through the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as a platform to mobilize
business action to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the
workplace, marketplace and communities.
of the NCW stressed the importance of awareness-raising as a key tool to
promote equal opportunities for women and addressing the behaviors and customs
that negatively affect women's ability to play an active role in society. She
also stressed the importance of close cooperation and coordination with all
stakeholders in each implementing country.
the leadership of national institutions and together with ILO, Sida and other
partners, we commit through this programme and others, to deliver on the
promise of the first gender-equal generation in history - a generation with
women and men equally contributing, and benefiting from, development and
prosperity,” Regional Director of UN Women Arab States Moez Doraid highlighted.
programme represents a strong convergence of ILO and UN Women’s mandates by
ensuring decent work principles are embedded into a framework for women’s economic
empowerment. ILO’s Conventions represent not only commitment to gender equality
in the world of work, but practical benchmarks and guidance on how to achieve
this, whether it is legal protection, fair remuneration, parental leave, safety
and health, childcare, or protection against violence and harassment at work,”
Deputy Regional Director of ILO for Arab States Frank Hagemann said.
investment in this programme comes from our strong commitment to achieve gender
equality and women’s and girls’ rights and drives from our Swedish foreign
policy to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls and their
influence through the promotion of non-discriminatory legislation,” Head of
Regional Development Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa at the
Swedish Embassy in Amman Peter Lundberg said.
joint programme contributes to Sweden’s new Strategy for development
cooperation for global gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights 2018-2022;
is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the
realization of the Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8 on gender equality and
decent work and economic growth. It contributes to the implementation of the
Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discriminations Against Women,
international labour standards, as well as national development strategies and
plans, including the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030,
Jordan 2025 – A National Vision and Strategy, as well as the Palestinian
National Policy Agenda 2017-2022.
New Women Voters Registered In Pakistan
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) claims to have registered 4.5
million new female voters mostly from areas where societal values have been
barring womenfolk from coming to the fore.
have been launching awareness campaigns in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s
tribal districts for the last two years to motivate women to come out to use
their right to franchise. The drive has proved a success as 4.5m new female
voters have so far been registered, mostly from these areas,” ECP additional
director general Nadeem Qasim told Dawn here on Monday.
said those districts were selected for launching the drive where difference
between male and female voters was more than 10 per cent. “Despite being 49 per
cent of the population, the number of registered women voters is 12.5m less
than men in a total of 110m registered voters,” he regretted.
the method employed to motivate the womenfolk, the ADG said that the National
Database and Registration Authority’s mobile vans were used to offer free
national identity card service and Friday was fixed as the women-specific day
for making their CNIC’s. “This helped the ECP to register them as voters.”
local media men were briefed about the third five-year (2019-23) strategic plan
of the ECP at a consultation here on Monday.
participants were told that the post-election 2018 review report of the ECP had
not so far been laid before any of the five elected houses — the National
Assembly and four provincial houses — though the job had to be done within 60
days of the submission of the report as per law.
to ECP sources, the report was submitted to the federal and provincial
governments in March last year but it was apparently stuck in meetings of
sitting was told that the strategic plan has been based on 212 recommendations
collected through consultations with over 5,000 individuals and entities,
including political parties, NGOs and CSOs related with various democratic and
recommendations were, however, not shared with the media.
High Court Orders Setting Up Of Women Rescue Police Centres In Every Division
The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the provincial authorities to establish
women rescue police centres in every division of the province and to release
the sanctioned amount of Rs145 million for the safe houses for women.
two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar also directed the
provincial finance secretary to ensure that Rs200m, sanctioned for children
protection authority, must be released within a month.
bench also asked the finance secretary that Rs145m for safe houses be released
within a week and in case of non-compliance he would expose himself to contempt
of court proceedings.
further observed that looking into the gravity of the issue, the authorities
concerned with the assistance of the secretary for the women development
department must set up women rescue police at divisional level and the same
should be commanded by women senior superintendents of police.
women SSPs must work independently in coordination with the women development
department, the bench said and added that till new recruitment, the women
police officers and constables be separated and trained in accordance with the
guidelines of status of women commission and the women development secretary.
for a permanent mechanism, the bench was informed that all the issues related
to women would be brought under one umbrella and addressed within three to four
months and a committee in that regard be constituted which would comprise the
secretaries of the women development and social welfare departments.
women development secretary submitted that a model women and children
protection centre had been established by the Sindh police and eight more such
centres in other parts of the province had also been notified.
bench directed the provincial police officer to file a compliance report in
that regard at the next hearing.
also asked the orphanage board to ensure the registration of all private
SHC through a judgement in 2016 in the Rehmat Bibi case had ordered the
provincial authorities to set up safe houses and rescue centres for women in the
province, particularly for the protection of women after they contracted
a previous hearing, the provincial authorities informed the bench that Rs145m
had been allocated for 29 safe houses for women in the province.
the bench also ordered that all issues pertaining to women be dealt with by one
department with complete autonomy as previously the status of women commission,
social welfare and women development were dealing with such issues.
Women Footballers Back On The Pitch After 30-Year Ban
Violence Already Targets Cuban Women
TIMES – “I won’t look at Facebook anymore because of safety problems, I’ve
already been attacked on social media,” business-owner Kira Romero writes,
after making her project Firdaus public, which will be the first online store
for Muslim women in Cuba.
member of the country’s Muslim community which is 6,780 members strong,
Romero’s story proves how Cuban women are beginning to become victims of a
global problem ever since the population (11.2 million) has had greater access
to social media in spite of high prices, connectivity restrictions and
cyberbullying and revenge porn (sending intimate photos and videos around to
get back at the woman) etc., are some of the problems Cuban women face online,
which is why activists underline the pressing need of studying and empowering
women against these forms of machista violence.
since she decided to leave social media, on August 25th, Romero continues to
avoid them and doesn’t even give interviews about her new business, which will
only sell hijabs (the veil that covers a woman’s head and shoulders), as she
finds other kinds of veil discriminatory.
started suffering attacks because of her online store, which included insults
and criticism of her as a Muslim woman, which went as far as attacking her
husband. She hopes that Firdaus will also be a source of employment for Cuban
Muslim women, of which there are 1200 on the island, such as young Lisandra
women are discriminated against for the simple reason of being a woman. People
see a Muslim man and they just say: ‘Ah, look, there goes a Muslim man.’ And
it’s even worse on social media,” Dominguez told IPS at the Addallah mosque, in
one of the emblematic Old Havana’s neighborhoods.
by the name “Iman” within her religious community, the young woman says that she
has been a victim of cyberbullying for nine months now. “I was the
administrator of a Facebook group where we talked about Islam. Then, a man, who
doesn’t live in Cuba, pretended to be a Muslim and asked me for some advice in
a private message… and I replied,” she told us.
became obsessed with me… When I blocked him, he ‘hacked’ my personal profile
and a page I had called Historias de la Vida, where I shared real stories and
only changed the names,” she continued. “I reported him, I made new accounts
and restricted them… but he has many accounts and tries to communicate with
me,” she said.
spite of limited Internet access, data packages on mobile phones became
available in December 2018, allowing the population to have greater access to
2019 Digital Report, published in January and written up by the international
creative agency “We Are Social” and international social media management
platform “Hootsuite”, states that by the end of 2018, 6.47 million active Cuban
users were recorded on social media, a huge leap from an almost zero presence
to social media in Cuba today is naive and not supervised by families very
much, who a lot of the time have no idea what ‘sexting’ (the exchange of sexual
and pornographic messages and content), cyberbullying or revenge porn is, or
more recent forms of aggression,” journalist and social community manager Mayra
Garcia told IPS.
forms part of the team that runs the National Campaign against Violence against
Women #Evoluciona, which was set up in November 2018 by Cuban bodies such as
NGO “Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero” and with international cooperation support,
which stands out for garnering great support online on social media.
isn’t a contextualized legal framework under which these crimes can be
punished,” the expert pointed out, in regard to a problem that lawyers have
highlighted. “Not to mention the little human resources training in this
regard, not only of lawyers and district attorneys, but at every level of education,
etc.,” she added.
organizations fighting for a safer Internet underscore the vulnerability of
women, especially of activists and journalists who fight for gender equality.
since we launched the #Evoluciona campaign, we have been experiencing machista
violence every day, whether that’s in comments, online debates or private
messages,” Garcia shared, about a team made up of mostly young people. “Our
position has always been to debate, but from a respectful place. This hasn’t
always been the case, but we have made a lot of headway,” she assessed.
than a month after the campaign kicked off, mobile data packages became
has been great for the campaign, in terms of engagement, debating and convening
people,” Garcia continued. “It’s a lot easier to reach our audience on these
platforms than more traditional ones, although we don’t give these up,” she
said about the initiative that focusses on harassment, especially on the
a strong presence on Facebook and building up her Instagram profile, tattoo
artist Amanda Santana proudly shares photos of the many artworks 30 artists
have etched on her skin, including herself.
man, who lives in Cuba but isn’t my friend on Facebook, sent me a private
message and when I read it, he was attacking me because of my tattoos… he said
truly awful things,” Santana told IPS about one of her bad experiences, at the
collective studio that she runs alongside three other young artists.
took a screenshot of the conversation and posted it… so many people were
commenting that it had to get taken down,” Santana said, who in spite of
everything still sees more positive than negative things on social media, such
as the opportunity to promote your work and women’s empowerment in the world of
tattoo artist stressed the importance of blocking and exposing men with violent
behavior online. “Cyber bullying is a global phenomenon, every woman
experiences it… but whenever I’ve been a victim, I don’t feel so violated like
I do when I walk down the street and a guy starts on me,” comparing her
experience online to street harassment.
the other hand, professor Dayamis Tamayo only accepts real friends on her
Facebook account. “I’ve never suffered gender-based violence on social media but
I know many people who have… lesbian women like me who have been attacked,” she
shared, after a session at the Metropolitan Community Church in Havana.
women in terms of rights, sexual and reproductive health have a foundation to
face social media, although there is a still a lack of specific training for
them to use it safely,” the professional weighed in, who goes to this
protestant congregation that is inclusive of lesbians, gays, bis, trans and
shortcomings still in its response to gender-based violence, such as specific
laws and a comprehensive care system for victims, the problem is gaining
unprecedented dimensions in Cuba, in 2019.
February, results from the National Gender Equality Survey were published, and
in April, the first official statistics of femicide also came to light.
Internet access has amplified a problem that Cuban media (under the
government’s control mostly) still haven’t really dealt with, and the diversity
of women as political activists who oppose the socialist government and have
launched the #UnidasPorNuestrosDerechos campaign in September.
initiative is driven by the Cuban Alliance for Women’s Inclusion and the Cuban
Women’s Network, so as to focus the violence exercised against women who want
to participate in the politics of a country with a single party, within the
general scourge of gender-based violence.
Certificates For Talaq, Khula, Muslims of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh In A
With the Wakf Boards in Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh having stopped
issuing certificates of talaq (divorce) and khula (divorce on wife’s
initiative), many Muslims, already grappling with the anguish of their marriage
breaking down, feel more let down.
TS, Wakf Board authorities have stopped issuing the certificates for about two
months now, while people in AP are unable to get the certificates since the
Board officials are being careful as they wait for the government to issue
specific orders on the recently passed ‘The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights
on Marriage) Act, 2019’.
on condition of anonymity, said they do not want to take any risk as the matter
is very sensitive. In AP, people were asked to move court or wait till specific
orders were received from the government. Incidentally, the AP Wakf Board
issues very few certificates; not more than 10,000 per year.
certificate pertaining to nikah, talaq and khula issued by the Wakf Board is
considered valid document to show the marital status of Muslims. These
certificates are utilised to obtain passport, visa, Haj pilgrimage permits,
etc. They are also used in partition suits or marital disputes in courts of
law. A talaq or khula certificate is essential in case a woman desires to
while the Wakf Act makes it clear that the Wakf Board has no connection with
marriage related affairs, the TS Wakf Board has a special section to do just
special section was established to deal with the affairs of marriage and
divorce of Muslims after the Wakf Board entered into an agreement with the
Anjuman-e-Qazat in 1971 and started issuing nikah, talaq and khula certificates
from 1973 onward.
TS, about 50,000 nikah (weddings) take place every year. The TS Wakf Board
issues over 35,000 marriage and more than 1,500 talaq and khula certificates
to the news on stoppage of certificates, the Anjuman-e-Qazat Telangana State, an
association of qazis, warned the Wakf Board not to create unnecessary
leaders too submitted a memorandum to the Wakf Board authorities requesting
revival of the services to avoid difficulties to the needy.
president Qazi Meer Mohammed Quader Ali reacted sharply to the report and said
that the act was an unnecessary complication that is lead to confusion among
the general public.
clarified that the Act recently passed by Parliament criminalises
talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of
instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband, while it
is silent on the kind of divorce permissible in Shariah. It does not prohibit
divorce on the initiation of the woman called ‘khula’.
Quader Ali also clarified that the Wakf Board does not issue any certificate on
its own if the application is filed by only one of the conjugal partners. Such
a certificate is issued only if the application is accompanied by confirmation
certificate issued by any recognised qazis and after satisfying all
verification in accordance with the prevailing laws of land and the shariah.
a delegation of Congress leaders, led by Mr Osman bin Mohammed Al-Hajiri and Mr
Mohammed Sohail Quadri, called on TS Wakf Board chairman Mohammed Saleem and
submitted a representation requesting him to revive the process of issuing
talaq and khula certificates as the general public was suffering.
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