26 November 2017

25 Nov.ND:I am a Muslim… converted of my own free will, want to live with husband, says Hadiya

25 Nov.2017: 05 Rabiul Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:56
I am a Muslim… converted of my own free will, want to live with husband, says Hadiya
Thiruvananthapuram:2 days before she is set to depose in the Supreme Court, Hadiya (Hindu girl Akhila who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man) emphasised on Saturday that she converted to Islam of her own free will and wanted to live with her husband, Shefin Jahan.“I am a Muslim. I have embraced Islam of my own free will. Nobody has compelled me to become a Muslim. I want justice. I want to live with my husband,’’ she said, in her first comments to the media at the Kochi airport, from where she boarded a flight to Delhi, accompanied by her parents.Hadiya is set to appear before the SC on Monday. Meanwhile, Jahan said he would also leave for Delhi on Sunday.Indian Express reported on Saturday that NIA, in its status report to the Supreme Court earlier this week, has attached her statement in which she is learnt to have denied any pressure to convert to Islam or marry Jahan.Meanwhile, a 5-member police team, led by Inspector, accompanied Hadiya and her parents to Delhi. indianexpress
NIA report includes Hadiya statement that she wed of her own will
Gorakhpur BRD Hospital Child Deaths:Some charges dropped against Dr Kafeel Khan
Unable to find any evidence, Gorakhpur police have dropped corruption and private practice charges against Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, one of the nine accused in the deaths of 33 children at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on August 10 and 11.After state govt’s permission, the Gorakhpur Police filed charge-sheets against remaining two former BRD Medical College Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra and Paediatric Ward Head Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan in the Gorakhpur Court. Dr Mishra was charged under Sections 120-B, 308, 409 of IPC and 7/13 Anti-Corruption Act while Dr Khan was charged under Sections 120-B, 308 and 409 of the IPC.Significantly, DG Medical Education K.K. Gupta had filed an FIR against Dr Khan under sections 120-B, 308, 409 of the IPC, Section 7/13 of Anti-Corruption Act, Section 66 of IT Act and Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act in the last week of August on the recommendation of the high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar.The Investigative officer Abhishek Singh said that they could not find any material and substantive evidence during the course of investigation against Dr Khan to prove that he was involved in corruption, indulged in private practice or violated any provisions of the IT Act.“Since no evidence was found against Dr Khan on these counts, we had dropped these charges against him” said Singh. The investigative officers have submitted statements from 93 witnesses and documentary proof against Dr Mishra but could not find any evidence to prove corruption and private practice charges against him.“Dr Khan was made the scapegoat in the case. An FIR was filed on flimsy grounds to accuse him of private practice, but the police could not find any evidence to prove the charge. This clearly suggest that he is innocent and framed in the case as Chief Minister got annoyed with him because the media made him a saviour,” rued a close relative of Dr Khan.DNA india
Missionary school in UP bans Hijab, asks Muslim student to go to madrasa
The principal of a missionary school in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh has asked a Muslim student of the school to either remove her scarf or ‘hijab’ or take admission in a madrasa.The incident was reported from Anand Bhawan, a Christian missionary school based in Nagar Kotwali area of Barabanki.After the controversial statement or order, the school officials are being probed by the local authorities.When the concerned girl’s father Mohammad Raza Rizvi wrote to school authorities, he too was asked to get her daughter admitted to an Islamic school.“The school does not run on religious beliefs,” said school principal Archana Thomas in the letter issued on the same matter. Principal Thomas reportedly tried to remove the scarf of the girl student by herself after succeeding in removing the scarf of another girl.“It is to clarify to you that this is a minority school, but there are many communities in minority category, and one community cannot impose its rules on other communities,” Thomas reportedly replied to Rizvi, telling him that school will not entertain any exemption from its rules.“My daughter was asked not to wear a headscarf to school, another girl was made to remove it. I argued that our Sikh brothers are allowed to wear turbans, even though the same is not part of the dress code,” Rizvi informed the media.When we asked the principal about the situation, she replied that she did not ask the girl to leave the school. She said, “If they have a problem with our rules, they can take their wards in any school if they want.”PN Singh, the Basic Education Officer at the state, has issued a notice to the school but apparently, the school has not replied to the letter yet. “We have asked the officer to make an on-spot inquiry,” Singh informed the media.TwoCircles
UP! School bars Muslims from wearing headscarves, a day after maulanas beaten up on train
SC to examine validity of British-era Parsi personal law
New Delhi: After declaring instant triple talaq, practised in Muslim community, as unconstitutional, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to examine validity of of various provisions of Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act which force estranged couples of the community to go through a torturous exercise to get divorce.The procedure under the 1938 personal law is cumbersome, involving a system akin to jury decision, and grants no access to mediation and settlement as available to Hindu women under the family court system. Encouraged by Muslim women's successful fight against triple talaq, a Parsi woman has moved the Supreme Court questioning the validity of provisions of Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act (PMDA).Agreeing to her her plea, a bench Justices Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy decided to examine the issue and sought response from the Centre. It directed the petitioner Naomi Sam Irani to serve a copy of the petition to additional solicitor general so that the government could take a stand on the next date of hearing. Advocate Neela Gokhale, appearing for the petitioner, contended that PMDA demands that the divorce suit be filed before Parsi matrimonial courts and it was very inconvenient for estranged couples who work away from the metropolitan cities.She said Section 18 of PMDA provides for constitution of special courts in Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai where the chief justice of the HC concerned would have jurisdiction to appoint a judge who would be aided by five delegates, which together would decide alimony, as well as custody and maintenance of children and their education."These delegates... act like jury and the case is decided by majority decision. It is a fact that Parsi chief matrimonial court sits only once or twice a year... only for a short duration. In view of increase in divorce petitions, jury as a fact finding body practically impedes speedy justice," Irani said and requested the court to do away with the jury system."The jury delegates adjudicate a divorce petition based on their personal notion of societal norms, morality and ethics, which may not be in sync with the principles of natural justice and the ethos and dynamics of society," the petition said and sought replacement of this system with the procedure provided under family courts, which attempts to provide speedy settlement through reconciliation. timesofindia
After Triple Talaq, SC to Examine Validity of Parsi Divorce Law as PIL Questions Jury Trial
Muslim women groups want triple talaq to be held invalid, not criminalised
Mumbai: Muslim women groups have opposed the govt’s deliberations on criminalising triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat claiming it will do nothing to help women and may become a tool to harass Muslim men. Women groups Bebaak Collective and Aawaz-e-Niswaan said they had been approaching various government officials after the Aug.22 Supreme Court verdict that held triple talaq “un-Islamic”, but received no response from the Minority Commission. “We want triple talaq to be held invalid, not a criminal offence. BJP govt has been very hasty in taking this decision. There were no due deliberations with Muslim women groups,” said Hasina Khan from Bebaak Collective, adding that punishing or imprisoning Muslim men for uttering talaq thrice in quick succession was not a solution to the issue.The central government has constituted a committee comprising Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to draft final legislation. “Divorcing is not a criminal act. And a legislation criminalising it may lead to gender polarisation in the community,” said Kausar Ansari from Aawaz-e-Niswaan. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has asked the government for an open discussion on triple talaq legislation.“There should be some form of punishment, either through compensation or maintenance. But since it is a personal law, it should be part of civil law, not criminal law,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founder of BMMA.Zeenat Sasha, who is still fighting a legal case against her husband who uttered talaq thrice to divorce her, said criminalising it would not ensure Muslim women get all her due rights. “A husband may be imprisoned for saying talaq thrice, but that will leave the wife alone at home without any support. Instead, govt should think how Muslim women can be better supported,”said Zeenat. indianexpress
Bill banning triple talaq would free Muslim women: Sena
Mumbai: Shiv Sena today said if the government decided to introduce a legislation for a ban on triple talaq it would permanently free Muslim women.The remark comes at a time when the Centre is mulling bringing in a legislation in the Winter Session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq which is still in practise despite the Supreme Court striking it down.A ministerial committee has been set up to propose a suitable legislation or amend the existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence. "It would a good step if the Union government introduces a bill on triple talaq as it would permanently free Muslim women. The tradition should be banned completely and its exercise should considered as a crime," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said."Earlier, the voice of Shah Bano was suppressed. But through the case of Shayara Bano, it would be the dawn of Muslim women's freedom," the party claimed.PTI
Muslims in Gujarat angry with BJP over triple talaq, note ban and ‘hollow’ promises
Voters in Bharuch show their preference for Congress, saying the party has not interfered in their ‘religious’ matters, unlike BJP.Bharuch, Gujarat: In the narrow, winding lanes of a crowded basti in Bharuch’s Medina Hotel area, Mohammad Zuber was standing next to a small stall selling paan, candies and wafers under his house.Zuber said he wants the Congress to come to power in the state, explaining that he was angry with the BJP because of inflation, demonetisation, “hollow promises” made by the party and its stand on the contentious issue of triple talaq.“Modiji is just bol bachchan. He hasn’t brought in any development for us. Inflation, demonetisation and GST have hurt the common man. No government scheme reaches us, including Ujjwala,” Zuber said.“But what angers us the most is the BJP’s interference in the issue of triple talaq. It is a question of our faith, our religion. BJP is merely trying to polarise and use this issue for elections,” he added.Sakina Begum, who runs the small kiosk under Zuber’s house, backed his argument. “We women here are not educated or well read. But I have heard that the BJP is trying to interfere in the triple talaq issue.Those who divorce their wives know why they are doing so, why should the government care,” she asked.Clearly, Muslim community of Bharuch, Gujarat, which comprises around 22 per cent of the total population of the district, throws its weight behind the Congress, with triple talaq snowballing into a major poll issue here.“Modi govt has no business getting into the triple talaq issue. It’s our faith, our matter. BJP is merely trying to show Muslim community in bad light. We are very angry,” said Khullam Patel, resident of Shifa.Bharuch district, the home region of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, has 5 assembly constituencies, of which four had elected BJP MLAs while one has a JD(U) MLA.“We will follow the Shariat. We don’t interfere in other faiths; the BJP should stop trying to interfere in ours,” said Rafiq Patel who runs a shop in the APMC market.theprint
After Varanasi, ABVP Voted Out of Gujarat Central University Polls Despite Money and Power
Ahmedabad: In the midst of the election din in Gujarat a small but very significant election remained out of the news. The students of Gujarat Central University were campaigning to defeat the powerful Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad, backed by the might of the ruling dispensation. It was a quiet mobilisation, made quieter by the preoccupation of the media with the Assembly elections but it was so effective that ABVP was completely routed. Gujarat Central University does not have a Union as per the Lyngdoh recommendations, but has a Students Council. Each school in the university sends one nominated and one elected representative to Students Council. Dalit and Left student organisations--BAPSA,LDSF---joined by NSUI and United OBC Forum in the campus boycotted the elections, but campaigned hard against the ABVP and the support it was receiving from the ruling BJP in the state. The organisations held a two day dharna against the ABVP.ABVP was opposed by Independent candidates, supported by many of the other organisations, in the Schools. The Independents won, with the ABVP students losing by big margins in prestigious School of Social Sciences, International Studies etc. As a faculty member told The Citizen, “this is a resounding defeat, and the ABVP has been shown its place.”The popularity of the RSS youth wing has been hit across campuses. It has lost a steady stream of elections in central universities, the one before Gujarat also hitting the BJP directly. Again in news that did not make expected headlines ABVP was routed in the students union polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second home turf after Gujarat, Varanasi. ABVP lost the president's post at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi to Independent Rahul Dubey. In keeping with usual practice, ABVP students attacked Dubey a day after the elections.ABVP that is following a doctrine of violence, attacking dissent and debate in the Universities is clearly not winning the support of the student community at large. Its behaviour gets the headlines, its defeat is virtually blacked out by the corporate media but in the universities it is steadily losing support. More so in the Universities where it has been particularly active, with the list including JNU where an united Left has consolidated its position; Delhi University where the Congress students wing NSUI has captured the students union; in Hyderabad Central University where a united conglomerate of students bodies rendered ABVP a crushing defeat.; in Allahabad University where the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha crushed the ABVP in a resounding victory.The Citizen
ABVP loses Gujarat Central University polls: Disturbing sign for BJP in Gujarat?
Gujarat Polls: Juhapura, Largest Muslim Ghett, is a picture of deliberate neglect
Situated 7 kms from the city centre of Ahmedabad, the prosperous economic and political capital of Gujarat, Juhapura locality is a symbol of alienation of the minority community. It is deprived of basic infrastructure and public services. Heaps of debris and garbage lying around are common sight here. Residents talk of lack of education, transportation, water supply and sewerage. ‘Development’, the mantra of BJP, seems to stop where Juhapura begins. Even the BRTS’s proposed last stop is a kilometre away, from where it takes a detour away. But for the good main road, part of Ahmedabad-Vadodara expressway, Juhapura’s internal roads are in neglect. The locality became part of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation only 2007, but that hasn’t helped.It does not take much to figure out the reason for the pathetic situation of the area - it is because Juhapura is the densest concentration (over 4 lakh people) of Muslims in one place in Gujarat. Testimonies from local residents confirm this. Its estimated 1.07 lakh registered voters account for around 35% of the total electorates of the Vejalpur Assembly constituency of which Juhapura is part. Ahmedabad is a polarised city and its development can be fully understood only after visiting Juhapura. Juhapura came into existence in 1973 when over 2,200 inhabitants of the Sabarmati’s banks were rehabilitated here after a severe flood.Earlier, it was basically a slum located at Ahmedabad’s western suburb that housed both Hindus and Muslims. But after the communal violence following the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, Hindus left the neighbourhood, turning it into an all-Muslim area. Then, 1 year after the 2002 riots, nearly 180 families from Naroda Patiya, Asarwa and other riot-hit localities were shifted here.Over the years, more and more Muslims have come to settle in Juhapura, often due to the feeling of insecurity in Hindu-dominated areas. Justice Akbar Divecha of the Gujarat High Court, who had moved out from Juhapura, became the target of mob violence in 2002.The locality has now changed its face from just another slum to urban Muslim ghetto and second biggest Muslim locality in India after old city of Hyderabad. Christophe Jaffrelot in his recent book ‘Muslims in Indian City’ described Juhapura as a “city within a city”.esidents of Siddiqabad, where riot affected people have been rehabilitated by religious bodies such as Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind (JIH), say they are in pathetic condition. Govt. officials are not at all bothered. “Elections come and go. But no change has come in our lives. We have to run from pillar to post for our livelihoods, forget about education of our children,” said a female resident of the colony. newsclick
Gujarat polls: Govt murdered Rohith Vemula, he didn't commit suicide, alleges Rahul Gandhi
Ahmedabad: Addressing a campaign rally here in Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Hyderabad Dalit student Rohith Vemula did not commit suicide but he was murdered by the government.“Rohith Vemula took a brave step when he decided to join the university but his career was crushed after that letter from a minister. He was murdered by the Indian government,” the Congress leader, who began his two-day tour of Gujarat on Friday, said. zeenews
UP's lone Muslim minister Mohsin Raza does not get marriage certificate
Lucknow: The lone Muslim minister in Uttar Pradesh, Mohsin Raza, today submitted a fresh application for registration of his marriage as he failed to present himself in the court and collect the certificate within the stipulated 90 days. "We were unable to collect the marriage registration certificate within 90 days of applying for registration as a result of which it stood null and void," Raza told PTI. He said he submitted a repeat affidavit today. Raza, 49, said that according to rules, both husband and wife have to be physically present in the court to collect the certificate. PTI
'Padmavati ka Virodh' Message Seen Near Body Found Hanging at Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur
New Delhi: Amid the raging controversy over the upcoming film ‘Padmavati’, a body was on Friday found hanging at Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort main gate.  The body was hanging 200 m above the ground.According to CNN-News18 and ANI,2 stones found near the body have a couple of lines written in Hindi, which read, “Padmavati ka virodh. Hum putle nahi jalaate hain, hum maarte hain‘ (Protest against ‘Padmavati’. We don’t burn effigies, we kill).”But there is no independent confirmation if the dead body found at Nahargarh fort is related to anti-‘Padmavati’ protests.Meanwhile,Karni Sena, which has been leading the protests against ‘Padmavati’, has condemned the incident and termed it unfortunate. According to reports, deceased has been identified as 40-year-old Chetan Kumar Saini.india.com
Mosques in Dravidian-Islamic style: About the Islamic architecture in Tamil Nadu
Among the many inscriptions at the Vaishnavite shrine of Adhi Jagannatha Swamy at Thirupullani, about 10 km from Ramanathapuram in southern Tamil Nadu, there is one about a grant for a mosque. This particular inscription of the late 13th Century by Pandya King Thirubuvana Chakravarthy Koneri Mei Kondan, describes the grant made to the Muslim Sonagar, to build a mosque at Pavithramanikka Pattinam. While no one today has a clue as to the exact location of Pavithramanikka Pattinam, the region has many ancient mosques like the rest of Tamil Nadu. What is unique about these mosques is that they were all built of stone, in Dravidian architectural style with Islamic sensibilities. Unlike north India, Islam came to the south through maritime spice trade even as it was spreading across Arabia in 7th Century. The Muslims who were traders enriched the country with precious foreign exchange, and hence were accorded a special place by the Tamil rulers of the day, and often received grants to build mosques, like the one at the Adhi Jagannatha Swamy temple.As mosques are called Palli Vaasal in Tamil, and they were built of kal, the Tamil word for stone, they came to be locally known as kallupallis. These kallupallis were essentially built more like mandapams, better suited to Islamic requirement for the congregation to assemble and stand together in prayer.With guidelines for the construction of mosques being simple - such as prayer facing Mecca, no idol worship and clean surroundings, masons who worked on these mosques under the supervision of religious heads restricted themselves to carving floral and geometrical motifs instead of human figures as in a temple. thehindu
Death toll from Egypt mosque attack rises to 305
Cairo:The death toll in the attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has risen to 305 people, according to Egyptian authorities.On Friday, attackers bombed a mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai before opening fire on fleeing worshippers.A total of 27 children were among the victims, while 128 other people were injured in the attack, the Egyptian Prosecution said in a statement on Saturday.The authorities had initially put the death toll from the attack at 235 people.The prosecution said some 25-30 militants waving Daesh flags opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque during the weekly Friday prayers.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in Egypt’s modern memory.On Saturday, the Egyptian military said its forces had killed a number of militants involved in Friday’s mosque attack in Sinai.Anadolu
'Wiping out' extremist ideology is my mission: head of Saudi-based Muslim body
Paris:The head of a Saudi-based organisation that for decades was charged with spreading the strict Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology.Ex-justice minister Mohammed al-Issa, appointed secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) just over a year ago, told Reuters during a European tour that his organisation would no longer sit by and let Islam be taken hostage by extremists.Saudi Arabia has used the MWL to export its strict Wahhabi version of Islam since it was set up in 1962 as a bulwark against radical secular ideologies.The missionary society controls mosques and Islamic centres around the world, which critics say promote hatred and intolerance of other sects and religions - a charge the group has denied.Issa said the MWL would be much more hands on now and aim to tackle any sign of extremism in areas where it operates, but also if it became aware of any other schools, centres or mosques where an extremist ideology was being propagated.Reuters
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