Two teenage girls who were reportedly raped and abused before they were strung up and hung from a mango tree may have been victimized by family members who were carrying out honor killings, police said.
Anand Lal Bannerjee, the head of police in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, said only one of the girls had been raped, in contrast to earlier reports of the crime, which occurred about a month ago. He also said both girls, who were cousins, were actually strangled to death before they were hung from the tree, the Daily Mail reported.
Moreover, he added that the five men police have been seeking for over a month now in relation to the crime may actually be innocent — and that it’s emerging more likely that the killings were committed by family members.
Police say three brothers have already confessed to the crime, and officers are now going to investigate more family members using “narco-analysis,” or truth serum, the Daily Mail reported.
“It appears to be a case of honor killing,” Mr. Bannerjee said in a press conference. “We will conduct a lie-detection test on all the accused who have been arrested. If needed, we will take the accused to Bangalore for the test and get the results.”
Read the rest: Raped Indian Girls Hanged by Family in Honor Killing
Police on Tuesday said a man, whose wife was found hanging and two children shot dead at their house on June 1, has confessed to murdering them.
Rubina, 30, was found hanging from a ceiling fan and her two daughters – Rida, 9, and Maimoona, 6, – lying shot dead on the floor of their house at Tahli Mori locality of the city.
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Earlier, the suspect had claimed that his wife had committed suicide after killing his daughters.
But after the suspect was detained, he confessed to having killed his wife as she was not allowing him to bring his second wife home. The deceased woman had lodged a complaint with the police against her husband for allegedly torturing her.
Read the rest: Wife in India Murdered for Not Allowing Husband to Bring Home Second Wife (h/t to Halal Porkchop)
In a welcome change from its earlier stand, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Saturday said it was not opposed if the doors of mosques were thrown open to women for prayers.
“The board is not against if mosques are opened for Muslim women for offering prayers. But, it is the duty of the trustees of the respective mosques to make appropriate and suitable provision for them”, Abdur Raheem Qureshi, Asst Gen Secretary and spokesperson of the Muslim panel, said while speaking to ummid.com ahead of the board’s national convention in Jalgaon.
Qureshi was replying to a question why Muslim women in India are denied permission to pray in mosques when almost at all places in the world they have privilege to offer prayers inside mosques like their male counterparts.
Read the rest: Ban on Women in Indian Mosques May Be Lifted
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Thursday suspended a Law Department professor following a complaint of sexual harassment against him by a girl student of LLM first year.
AMU registrar Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad confirmed that Professor Mohammad Shabbir has been suspended on charges of misconduct following complaint by a student pursuing LLM first year.
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Professor Shabbir could not be reached for comment.
According to sources, the university had suspended Professor Shabbir on similar charges of sexual harassment eight years ago on a complaint of US-based university girl student who had come on a visit. After going back to the US, she had lodged a complaint with the US embassy in this regard which was forwarded to the AMU authorities. Shabbir was suspended on the charges then as well. After four months, the inquiry had given him a clean chit and his suspension was revoked.
Read the rest: Muslim University Suspends Law Professor for Sexual Harassment.
One of Kerala’s most influential Sunni leaders has said that just because women are now educated, it does not mean that Islam has allowed them greater freedoms, especially in their relationship with men.
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“…Islam has not changed its decrees regarding the life of women. Muslim women should not work in a place where only a woman and a man are present. They should work only in a place where there are enough number of women and trustworthy men. Ninety per cent of jobs do not require men and women to mingle. These rules cannot be changed,” he said.
Read the rest: Educated Muslim Women Don’t Have Greater Freedom
A meeting between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and Islamic cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza has sparked a controversy. Taslima Nasreen on Tuesday criticised Kejriwal for meeting Tauqeer Raza.
Meanwhile, Raza and Kejriwal denied that the fatwa, that had been announced against Taslima, had been issued by him.
Taslima, reacting to the meeting on Tuesday, tweeted, “A politician asks for support from anti-women, anti-free speech, Muslim fanatic, who illegally sets price on people’s heads.”
In another tweet, she noted, “The criminals who issue fatwas against women don’t get punished in India.” In a third tweet, she wrote, “Politicians should go to ordinary Muslims if they need their votes, not to Muslim fanatics who are responsible for Muslim community’s backwardness.”
Read the rest: Taslima Nasreen Denounces Fatwa.
Taslima Nasreen, from Bangladesh, was sentenced to death by fatwa for the blasphemy of telling the truth about Islam. She is now fair game to kill for jihadis, an apostate who denied her religion and culture in order to be a witness for the higher laws of life that govern all free humans and their expression. Read her book “Shame” Taslima is perceptive and brave. She is a female treasure.
A group of six women are seated in a spacious hall, their sights trained at a bunch of photographs adorning a wall. The photographs were shot during various field trips these women undertook over the last few years. “They tell stories of women’s emancipation, their struggle to find their space in society,” explains Ayesha Shaikh.
Shaikh is part of 16 women whom Kurla-based Aawaaz-e-Niswaan, a women’s advocacy group, helped train as photographers. Though Darul Uloom Deoband’s recent fatwa calling photography unIslamic rattled rationalists, it has pained these women photographers more. “The fatwa reeks of the medieval mindset. Just as writing brings catharsis to writers, photography is a way of feeling liberated,” says Aawaaz-e-Niswaan’s founder Haseena Khan.
Women are surprised that the seminary’s fatwa department, replying to an engineering student’s query on whether he should choose photography as a career, said: “Photography is unIslamic. Do not do this. You should search any suitable job based on your engineering course.” The women collectively ask a question: “What do they tell some of India’s leading clerics who attend sessions of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and happily get captured on videos and cameras?”
Read the rest here. (h/t to Jihad Watch)
Underage marriage among Muslims has ignited a debate in Kerala [India], with the community’s most influential organisation vowing to get legitimacy for the practice while political parties and women’s groups have said it would be a setback when Muslim girls have been making strides in education.
Striking a fine balance between family and class
It was triggered by a government effort to ratify underage marriages that have already taken place, because many such couples were finding it difficult to get their marriages registered. In June, the social welfare department, run by the Indian Union Muslim League in the UDF government, issued a circular asking local bodies to allow registration of marriages of girls below 18 and men below 21.
Eight states where over half the women are married as children
Political parties and Muslim women’s organisations alleged this would promote child marriage, forcing the government to amend the circular. Under the new circular, underage marriages only before June 28, 2013, could be registered under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008.
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Outraged clerics who have pledged to fight for legitimacy say underage marriages are not common but sometimes inevitable. “We are not promoting underage marriages,” says Musthafa Mundupara, who is with Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema and is general secretary of the state coordination committee for the protection of Muslim personal law. “But certain situations may demand such marriages. The Shariah law allows Muslim girls to marry when they attain puberty.”
Read the rest here. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/keralas-underage-marriage-debate/1177466
Yes, sharia law is based on sacred Islamic doctrine, which is based on the Koran and the sunnah (the words and deeds of Mohammed. Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. Thus, pedophilia is made sacred in the Islamic ideology.
Why? So Muslim men can follow the example of Mohammed. Allah said Mohammed was the perfect pattern to follow, and he married a six year old girl and consummated the marriage when she was nine.
Kerala’s nine prominent Muslim organisations led by the Muslim League have decided to approach the Supreme Court to exclude Muslim women from the law prescribing minimum marital age. According to them, the present Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 which prescribes 18 as women’s legal marital age and 21 for men, violates Muslims’ fundamental right to practise their religion.
The Muslim groups’ move has angered reformers, social activists, women’s groups from even Muslim community. Interestingly, Muslim Students Federation (MSF), the student wing of the Muslim League too has attacked the move saying it would only take the community back. “This move will block Muslim girl’s educational progress” said T P Ashrafali, President, MSF.
V P Suhara said Muslim clerics and orthodoxy were behind the move. “We too will approach the supreme court to defeat this move. This is orthodoxy’s attempt to drive back the Muslim women who have come a long way in education and other fields in recent times. The clergy and the orthodoxy want Muslim women to remain uneducated so that they can continue with their traditional ways of exploitation like having multiple wives, divorce at their free will or denying the divorced women maintenance etc”.
Read more: Muslims Want to Lower Marriage Age for Girls in India
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The latest incident of forced marriage of a minor Muslim girl to an Arab national has once again brought to focus vulnerability of women from poorer sections who continue to be victims of sexual exploitation.
The infamous “Arabbi Kalyanam” (Arab wedding), a social malady prevalent in parts of Kerala, has stirred a raging debate over the evil practice, which has devastated the lives of young girls in the wake of recent episode in which a 17-year-old girl from Kozhikode, living in orphanage, was forced into marriage with an Arab national.
The Ras al-Khaiamh (UAE) resident Jasim Mohammed Abdul Kareem, after spending two weeks with the girl, returned home and pronounced “talaq” [divorce] over the phone.
Despite universal education and commendable social sector indices, women from underprivileged sections in Kerala still appear to be victims of circumstances beyond their control.
Read the rest here. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/arab-wedding-brings-to-focus-vulnerability-of-poor-women-113090100105_1.html