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Delhi High Court convicts man for rape of minor wife

A letter written by a minor Hindu wife from Nari Niketan to her Muslim husband lodged in jail on charges of kidnapping and raping her, led the Delhi High Court to acquit him of the abduction of his minor wife, though it upheld the sentence for raping his below 15-year-old wife.The story is a perfect plot for a Bollywood flick where a minor Hindu girl falls in love with an adult Muslim man. Both of them decide to marry but their religions were a hurdle. Madly in love, both decide to elope.However, the parents of the girl lodged a missing complaint soon after her disappearance in 2008 and after eight months their daughter was found with the man. When asked, the duo said they married each other and also gave a Nikahnama to prove their relationship.The girl said that she had gone with the accused on her own will. She also refused to go along with her parents following which she was sent to the Nari Niketan. The man was arrested and a chargesheet was filed against him under sections 363(Punishment for kidnapping), 366 (Kidnapping) and 376 (rape).The trial court found Sunil Khan, the accused, guilty and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment for rape among other sentences. Khan filed a plea against his conviction following which Justice Pratibha Rani found that the girl had gone with her own consent with the accused, so it cannot be called abduction. The court also found that the girl had written letters to the accused while he was in jail. It said that the girl had ultimately agreed to accompany her parents only on the condition that no harm would be caused to her husband.”Her categorical admission that she was in deep love with the convict is also reflected in the letter sent by her to the convict from Nari Niketan, expressing her love and full support to him in the situation they were placed. She even informed him that she had been medically examined to ascertain her bony age, which was estimated to be 18 years,” the court said adding that the investigating officer has not preferred to clarify the situation in this regard.However, the court upheld the sentence awarded to the convict for raping his wife, who was below the age of 15. It modified the sentence for the offence to rigorous imprisonment of two years and since the convict had already served the punishment, he was let free.”It is the case of the prosecution that on the date of leaving the house she was aged about 13 years. Thus, at best, prosecution’s case can be that the convict had physical relations with his wife who was below 15 years of age,” the court said.PARENTS COMPLAINThe parents of the girl lodged a missing complaint soon after her disappearance in 2008 and after eight months their daughter was found with the man.

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Rules relaxed post PM Modi’s suggestion, 1300 Muslim women to go for Haj without male companion

1300 Muslim women will go on Haj this year without “mehram” or male companion as they have been exempted from the lottery system and will proceed to the pilgrimage directly, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced today. The announcement came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that Muslim women who have applied to go for Haj without “mehram” should get preference.Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian as “injustice, ” PM Modi said that he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.In his monthly radio address of ‘Mann ki baat’, Modi said his government removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage.According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim women aged above 45 are allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mehram’ in a group of at least four.Also readMann Ki Baat: PM Modi hails Anjum Bashir’s Kashmir Civil Service exam featAfter Modi’s radio programme, Naqvi announced on Twitter that all 1300 women applicants will be exempted from the lottery system.”After PM Shri @narendramodi Ji‘s suggestion, I assure that those about 1300 women, who have applied to go for Haj without “Mehram” (male companion), will be exempted from the lottery system and allowed to proceed on Haj. #MannKiBaat,” Naqvi said. In his last radio programme of the year, the prime minister said removal of the restriction of having a male guardian or ‘mehram’ may appear as a “small thing”, but such issues “have a far-reaching impact on our image as a society”.He said when he first heard of the restriction, he was surprised as to who would have drafted such a rule.”Why this discrimination? And when I went into the depth of the matter I was surprised to find that even after 70 years of our independence, we were the ones who had imposed these restrictions. For decades, injustice was being rendered to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it,” he said in his broadcast.He pointed out that such a restriction is not prevalent in many Islamic countries.”I am happy to note that this time about 1300 Muslim women have applied to perform Haj without ‘mehram’ and women from different parts of the country from Kerala to north India, have expressed their wish to go for the Haj pilgrimage,” he said.He said he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.Also readMann ki Baat highlights: PM Narendra Modi shares his 2018 vision, says new India will be free from corruption”Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system and they should be given a chance as a special category,” he said.He said it is his firm belief that the journey of India?s progress has been possible due to women-power and on the basis of their talent…It should be our constant endeavour that our women also get equal rights and equal opportunities…,” he said.While referring to Muslim women and their rights, the prime minister did not mention about the bill passed by Lok Sabha last week which bans the practice of instant triple talaq.He, however, had referred to the issue of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ while inaugurating the 85th Sivagiri Pilgrimage Celebrations at Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala via video conference this morning.Referring to Christmas, Modi said Jesus Christ taught us about the spirit of service or ‘sewa bhaav’.”Be it any religion, caste or creed, tradition or colour in this world; the spirit of service is an invaluable hallmark of the highest human values,” he said.He also recalled the life of Guru Gobind Singh which was full of instances of courage and sacrifice.On the 350th anniversary of the Sikh guru, he said Guru Gobind Singh preached the virtues of sublime human values and at the same time, practiced them in his own life in letter and spirit.(With PTI inputs)

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BJP, PDP leaders eat beef, pork together, claims National Conference MLA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders eat beef and pork together, National Conference leader Akbar Lone claimed on Saturday.The National Conference MLA made this controversial statement while addressing a rally here.”BJP and PDP leaders are eating cow meat and pig meat together and are two faces of one coin,” Lone said.He added that the Muslim community and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should boycott them.Consumption of beef is highly conflicting to Hindu beliefs, while in the Muslim community, it is pork.In Jammu and Kashmir, a majority of BJP leaders is Hindu, and a majority of PDP leaders is Muslim. The BJP and the PDP are running coalition government in the state.This not first time Lone has made a controversial statement.Earlier, he had said that those who have joined hands with the (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) RSS and BJP, are not Muslims. The people of Kashmir should boycott the people who joined hands with the BJP, RSS.

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Lok Sabha passes ‘historic’ triple talaq Bill

The Lok Sabha passed a Bill that proposes to make instant triple talaq a non-bailable offence with a three-year jail term for guilty husbands, a move that was hailed as “historic” by the Narendra Modi government. The Opposition Congress also welcomed the passage and called it the first step towards protection of Muslim women’s rights. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, was passed after an intense debate. The House rejected amendments proposed by AMIM, Congress and BJD. The Bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for his assent. The Bill is likely to sail through the Rajya Sabha, given the Congress’ stated support to the proposed law. Turn to P4In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the controversial Islamic practice that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word talaq thrice. But instances of instant triple talaq have continued. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who introduced the Bill, called it a “historic” move that would ensure gender justice for Muslim women. He said Parliament cannot remain silent when the fundamental rights of women were being trampled upon. He said the Bill was “not about any religion or community.”“Even today such an incident took place in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh,” he said adding, the husband divorced his wife simply because she overslept. The Bill would empower women to seek remedial measures for herself and her children, said Prasad. Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be illegal.Trying to score political points, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters that his was the first political party to welcome the Apex Court’s decision. “We welcome the move. It is a firm step towards protection of women’s rights,” he said. However, members of RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and Indian Union Muslim League opposed the Bill, calling it a faulty and arbitrary in nature. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi termed the Bill “bad in law” and said its introduction would further alienate the minority. NCP leader Supriya Sule supported the Bill, with riders. She asked for removal of the three-year prison term provision. She suggested remedial action in the form of counselling. Muslim League’s ET Mohammed Bashir said the proposed law violated personal laws and was a politically motivated move by the BJP government. BJD’s B Mahtab said that he would not delve into the merits of the Bill and called the framing ‘faulty and flawed’.The government has said the Bill “empowers” Indian Muslim women by giving them a larger say in dissolving marriages, custody of minor children and the right to seek maintenance from their estranged husbands. Once the law is in place, victims will have the option of approaching the police and the legal system.

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Muslim woman slapped with triple talaq for waking up late

Even as the Central government tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 in Parliament, another Muslim woman was given instant triple talaq — a practice banned by the Supreme Court.Triple talaq continues to be slapped on Muslim women on frivolous grounds, such as wanting to pursue higher studies or, in the case of Gul Afshan, waking up late in the morning. Gul Afshan, a resident of Nagaliya Aqil village in Rampur district, was first mercilessly thrashed by her husband Qasim Ali at night, and when she woke up late the next day, Ali ended the marriage by pronouncing talaq talaq talaq.Gul Afshan had married Qasim Ali, a truck drive from the same village, going against her parent’s wish. Even after having a love marriage, Qasim would beat her on daily basis.”My only fault was that I woke up late due to body pain after being severely beaten by him last night. He threw me out of the house and ended the marriage by pronouncing triple talaq,” she told media.She went to the police, but no action was taken against Qasim in the absence of any law. A police officer said, “We have received her complaint, but don’t know under which law we should register a case.”Another Muslim woman was divorced by using triple talaq in Bareilly district a couple of days ago. The only fault of Farzana (name changed) was that she wanted to pursue her studies and husband instead of giving permission pronounced triple talaq and left or Saudi Arabia.In the past, many such cases were reported from different parts of Uttar Pradesh where Muslim men divorced their wives uttering triple talaq on mobile, writing the three cruel words on a telegram or letter.”Even the Supreme Court order did not deter Muslim men to play with the life of their wives. Muslim Board should be asked what action it has taken against husbands enforcing triple talaq on their wives. Law is the only way to check instant triple talaq cases in the country. We are happy that the Modi government has tabled the Bill despite opposition to protect our rights,” said Sofia, avictim of triple talaq.”We would celebrate Eid the day it becomes a law and those misusing triple talaq even after that are sent to jail,” reacted Shahista Amber, Chairperson, All-India Women Muslim Personal Law Board.NO RELIEFThe Supreme Court in August 2017 had struck down the practice of triple talaq by a 3:2 majority. Despite the SC verdict, Muslim women continue to be slapped with instant triple talaq across country.

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Triple talaq: AIMPLB says will take steps through democratic means to ‘amend, improve or scrap’ new bill

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today expressed serious reservations over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha and said it will take steps through democratic means to “amend, improve or scrap” it.The Shia Waqf Board, meanwhile, called for making the punishment to those indulging in ‘triple talaq’ more stringent.”We will take whatever steps required through democratic means to amend, improve or scrap it. There is no move to go to court as of now…The bill was brought in a haste,” AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani told PTI.Also readTriple talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha; support Bill, but needs strengthing, says CongressHe said the board should have been taken into confidence on the issue.”Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while tabling the bill also quoted the board and a lady MP of the ruling party tried to answer the queries raised by the Board in a letter to the prime minister proving that the government recognises the board. So the board should have been taken into confidence,” Nomani said.Also readDidn’t consult Muslim bodies before drafting triple talaq bill: PP ChaudharyHowever, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani hinted that the board may approach the supreme court against the triple talaq bill once it is passed by the Parliament.”An option is always open to challenge the law passed (by the Parliament), which is against the Supreme Court’s judgement and the Indian Constitution, in the Supreme Court.”Convenor of our legal committee has also suggested that it can be challenged in the court. However, we will decide our future course of action once the Bill is passed and law is enacted,” Jilani told a news channel.AIMPLB wanted that the triple talaq bill should not be in conflict with either the Constitution, supreme court order or Muslim personal law board, he said.”We had demanded that Bill should have been prepared only after consultation of representatives of Muslim women organisations, All India Muslim Personal Board, but it doesn’t mean that we were against the Bill.”We just wanted that Bill should not be in conflict with either Constitution of India, Supreme Court Judgement or Muslim Personal Law Board,” he said.The president of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB), Shaista Amber welcomed the tabling of the bill but insisted that it should be in the light of Quran.”We welcome the tabling of the bill and this has given lots of hope to the women as triple talaq is an evil which has been haunting them,” she said.Amber, however, added that any law enacted in this regard should be in the light of the Quran and Constitution to make it acceptable to the community.President of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi however said that he had sent a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making the punishment to those indulging in the practice more stringent.”I have urged the Prime Minister through a letter that a jail term of 10 years to those indulging in triple talaq and lodging a criminal case against them,” Rizvi said.

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Centre tables Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha; support Bill, but needs strengthing, says Congress

The Congress said it supports the triple talaq bill introduced in the Lok Sabha but wants it to be strengthened to safeguard the rights of divorced Muslim women so they live a life of dignity with adequate subsistence allowance.Earlier, the bill to make instant triple talaq illegal and void and awarding a jail term of up to three years to the husband, was introduced in the Lok Sabha amid protests by several opposition parties.Introducing the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was a “historic day”.But before he introduced the legislation, several opposition parties opposed its introduction saying it was arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal.Members from RJD, AIMIM, BJD, Indian Union Muslim League and AIADMK, who had given notice to oppose its introduction spoke against the measure. But members from the Congress and the Left, who were also opposing it from their benches, were not allowed to speak as they had not given notice. SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was also seen opposing the bill.The TMC, which had opposed the draft bill earlier, was silent.Activists of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), offer sweets to each other as they celebrate the tabling of the Muslim women bill – ReutersWhile JPN Yadav of RJD questioned the proposed three-year jail term, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi said Parliament lacks the legislative competence to pass the law as it violated fundamental rights.He said while the bill talks only about Muslim women being abandoned, the government should also worry about nearly 20 lakh women of various religions who are abandoned by their husbands, “including our bhabhi from Gujarat”.Muslim League’s E T Mohammed Bashir said the proposed law was violative of personal laws and was a politically motivated move.B Mahtab (BJD) said while he would not talk about the merits of the bill, its framing was “faulty and “flawed”. He said if the proposed law makes the practice of instant triple talaq illegal and void, how can a person be jailed for pronouncing ‘talaq-e-biddat’.A Anwar Raja of the AIADMK opposed the bill.Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi, President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), General Secretary Wali Rahmani, Khalid Saifullaha Rahmani Assistant General Secretary, Fazlurrahman, Secretary and senior member Zafaryab Jjilani, AIMIM President Assaduddin Owaisi during a meeting on issue of Triple Talaq in Lucknow on Sunday – PTISoon after the introduction of the bill was approved, Prasad wondered whether Parliament can remain silent if the fundamental rights of women were being trampled upon.He said the legislation was not aimed against any religion but was framed to provide a sense of justice, security and honour to women.He said the law was required as even after the Supreme Court had struck down the practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ in August, it was continuing. He claimed that as recently as today, a woman in Rampur was given instant triple talaq by her husband for getting up late.Parliament has to decide whether the victims of triple talaq have fundamental rights or not, he said after some opposition members claimed it violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.”It is a historic day. We are making history today,” Prasad said.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.According to the proposed law which would be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir, giving instant talaq would attract a jail term of upto three years and a fine. It would be a cognisable, non-bailable offence.LAW WILL BE AN INTRUSION INTO PERSONAL LIVES: KURSHIDAlthough the Congress backed the bill and asked for a few changes, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, a former union law minister, struck a discordant note, insisting the proposed law will be an “intrusion” into the personal lives of individuals and bring divorce, a civil issue, into the realm of criminal law.Among other things, the ‘Muslim women Protection of Rights on Marriage’ Bill provides for a 3-year jail term to those found guilty of pronouncing instant triple talaq to their wives.Congress’s communications department incharge Randeep Surjewala said Parliament must ensure the protection of rights of Muslim women and children under all circumstances.He said the Congress was the first political party to welcome the Supreme Court verdict banning triple talaq, and had hailed it as a decisive step towards women empowerment and victory for the rights of muslim women.”The Congress has always believed that the issue of instant triple talaq ‘Talaq-e-biddat’ is about gender justice and gender equity. The Congress will support any and every law abolishing instant triple talaq.”The present bill needs to be strengthened to safeguard the rights of women to a life of dignity with adequate subsistence allowance. Parliament must ensure protection of rights of Muslim women and children under all circumstances,” he said.Khurshid, however, said,”It is an instrusion into the personal lives of individuals. Taking criminal law into the family, you have to be careful. To make divorce in any form a criminal matter is unacceptable anywhere in the world.” Khurshid, also a Supreme Court lawyer, said divorce or consequences of divorce, are areas of civil law and not criminal law, which comes in only when there is violence.”Criminal law is kept out of family as far as possible, which is a general policy everywhere. Why are we bringing criminal law into something which is a non-existing factor? Triple talaq is no institution or institutional fact of life, the Supreme Court has made it very clear,” he said.Surjewala said Section 5 of the bill merely states that Muslim women are entitled to subsistence allowance without defining subsistence allowance and explaining the method of calculating it.It also does not clarify whether the maintenance awarded to a Muslim woman under Sections 3 and 4 of ‘The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986’ will be deducted from the proposed subsistence allowance or will it be in addition to that. He said there was no clarity on whether a divorced Muslim woman be entitled to one of the two.”Why should onus of proving instant triple talaq be on women? Like in every other law, the onus of proving the pronouncement of instant triple talaq would be on the victim.”Why can’t this law then envisage a presumption in favour of the woman, putting the onus of proof on the husband to establish that instant triple talaq was not pronounced by him,” he said.Surjewala said the bill should ensure payment of maintenance and/or subsistence allowance to women and children if the husband is in jail for 3 years, as evisaged under the proposed law.All Muslim women’s groups have asked an obvious question as to who will pay the maintenance and subsistence allowance once the husband is in jail, he said.The Congress leader also asked whether such a woman and her children would have the right to proceed against the estate–movable and immovable property of the husband, as the proposed law does not provide for it.”Where no such property exists or the property is owned by more than one stakeholder or is under mortgage/charge, does it mean that women and children would then have no maintenance?” he asked.Terming the bill as “very important” and “significant”, Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev said her party will work with the government to bolster the rights of muslim women.She said the Congress party will stand by any progressive legislation that adds to empowerment of women. “But the bill needs to be watertight when it comes to the financial security and dignity of women,” she said.Dev also wondered whether under the proposed law the burden of proof that instant triple talaq has been granted be on women and whether they be able to prove the charge before a magistrate.This bill is silent on how to arrive at a maintenance allowance, she said.

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Uttar Pradesh: Man gives Triple Talaq to wife for waking up late

While triple talaq bill is scheduled to be tabled in the Parliament on Thursday, a woman in Uttar Pradesh today woke up to find her husband uttering the three dreaded words.Gul Afshan, a resident of Azimnagar in Rampur district, said that her husband Qasim thrashed her and divorced her by uttering talaq thrice because she woke up late in the morning. The wife alleged that later, Qasim escaped from the house after locking her up inside. The police had to break in. Narrating her six-month-old abusive marriage, she said that he used to beat her from the very beginning.The police said that they can’t do anything as the woman has not filed a complaint against her husband as of now. “The woman has not filed an FIR as yet. We will take action against him once the complaint is lodged,” said Sanjay Yadav, Azimanagar SHO. The incident comes to light just ahead of the introduction of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill.Also readMuslim Women Bill that criminilises triple talaq to be introduced in ParliamentThe bill, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, will be tabled in the Lok Sabha by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday. While the Supreme Court and Centre have called for the scrapping of the triple talaq, terming it “illegal and unconstitutional”, some Muslim women are still facing the brunt of this age-old practice. Earlier, the Supreme Court declared the practice of instant divorce as void and unconstitutional and termed it as arbitrary and violative of the right to equality of Muslim women.

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Muslim Women Bill that criminilises triple talaq to be introduced in Parliament

A bill seeking to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims is set to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill is listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on December 28, according to the list of business in the Lower House.The bill, prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband.It was cleared by the Union Cabinet earlier this month.The bill was listed for introduction last week, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar later told reporters that it would be introduced this week.As per the provisions of the bill, the husband could also be fined and the quantum of fine would be decided by the magistrate hearing the case.The bill is being introduced as the practice still continued despite the Supreme Court striking down ‘talaq-e- biddat’.The proposed law would only be applicable to instant triple talaq and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.

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Unnao: Cataract surgery on 32 patients done under torchlight; CMO suspended

The CMO earlier said the acting district magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty. Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure, and that they were made to lie down on floors despite extreme cold weather conditions. Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of 'medical disasters' in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point. A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.”
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Tuesday 26 December 2017 18:40 ISTMust readIndian Army crosses LOC to retaliate, kills three Pak soldiers Surgical Strike 2.0: Indian Army planted IEDs to surprise Pak; toll could be higher <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–> The district administration today suspended the chief medical officer after reports surfaced that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torch light for want of steady electricity supply at a state-run facility here.”Taking a serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government acted promptly and suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad,” Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told PTI. He said incharge of the community health centre (CHC) at Nawabganj has also been removed. A report has been sought by the state health department regarding the entire episode. According to the visuals that went viral on social media, 32 cataract operations were done at the CHC in Nawabganj yesterday in torch light as there was no electricity or power back-up there.The CMO earlier said the acting district magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty. Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure, and that they were made to lie down on floors despite extreme cold weather conditions. Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of ‘medical disasters’ in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point. A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.

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Growing cases of triple talaq questions Muslim Board opposition to Bill

A case of triple talaq has been reported out of Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh where a man reportedly divorced his wife over the phone before heading to Saudi Arabia.According to reports, the woman was married in 2013 to the brother of influential BSP leader Mohammad Yusuf Zariwala. She wanted to complete her graduation and study further, but her husband did not allow it following the birth of their son.This caused a rift between the two and Farzana was forced to stay with her parents leaving the son with the father. The husband soon divorced her over telephone before leaving for Saudi Arabia.The woman then lodged a complaint with Farhat Naqvi, sister of Union Cabinet minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who runs an organization to help and rehabilitate victims of triple talaq. She has also approached the District Magistrate and SSP Bareilly.Recently, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejected the Centre’s Muslim Women Bill 2017, saying it was anti-woman and alleging that it wasn’t consulted.Reacting to Board’s claim, the Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Centre had sought objections from all while framing the Bill. “Where was the Board then?”The All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board Chairperson Shahista Amber has also ridiculed the Centre for causing impediment in framing of legislation to protect rights of Muslim women in India. “Their opposition to the Bill is clearly disrespect to Muslim women in the country. They never want rights of Muslim women protected under the law,” she alleged.

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Uttar Pradesh police keep strict vigil on Christmas in the wake of Hindu Manch warning

Uttar Pradesh police on Monday kept strict vigil across the state to ensure Christmas festivities passed off peacefully in the wake of the Hindu Jagran Manch warning against celebrating the festival, officials said.All SPs were put on maximum alert in the districts after the Manch, an RSS-affiliate, recently issued a circular threatening all Aligarh schools against celebrating Christmas saying, they would be doing it “at their own risk”.No untoward incident was reported from any school or church till late evening and that traditional festivities passed off peacefully in Aligarh, Senior Superintendent of Police (Aligarh) Rajesh Pandey said.In Lucknow, the day was celebrated with usual pomp and fanfare at the St Joseph’s Cathedral with nearby markets decorated with balloons and Christmas trees.There were grand celebrations at the All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad, the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces in Meerut, the Christ church in Bareilly and the St Mary’s church in Varanasi, which were decorated tastefully for the occasion.Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar had directed all district police chiefs to ensure that the freedom of practising one’s religion is protected and appropriate action taken to that end.The Manch was in the news last month when it announced its decision to launch a “reverse Love Jihad” by setting a target of 2,100 Muslim brides for Hindu boys in the next six months under a campaign called “beti bachao, bahu lao”.Last year, the right-wing group launched its “anti-love jihad” and “save Hindu girl” campaign in Uttar Pradesh, where they planned to hold classes in all schools run by its parent organisation to “educate” youngsters about the “ill-effects” of marrying a Muslim.

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‘Against Sharia and anti-constitutional’: AIMPLB urges PM Modi to withdraw triple-talaq bill

Rejecting the Centre’s Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 in its present form, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has urged the Modi government not to table it in the Parliament and withdraw it.After a detailed discussion on the Bill during an emergency session of its 51-member working committee on Sunday at Nadwa College in Lucknow, the Board has unanimously decided to reject and oppose the bill in its present form. The Board has also decided that its President Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi will apprise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in detail about Board’s reservations.The Modi Cabinet has already approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 and the same is likely to be tabled the coming week in the Parliament.Also readBill on triple talaq to be tabled in Parliament next weekTerming the bill as ‘interference in their religious rights’ and against provisions Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution, the Board Secretary Jafrayab Jilani alleged that it is against Sharia, self-contradictory, discriminatory and anti-constitutional. “Even the parliamentary procedures of law making were not followed while drafting the present bill. Neither the Board nor stake holders, affected parties and Muslim organisations were consulted before drafting the Bill,” said Jilani.“The definition of triple talaq given in the Bill is not confined to the Supreme Court verdict of August 22 which had held talaq-e-biddat invalid. It goes beyond that and will apply on all forms of talaq,” pointed Jilani. Secondly, said the Board Secretary, the present bill has made it punishable with fine and reserved the right of children custody to wife which is self-contradictory since there are existing laws and several Supreme Court judgments to address the subsistence issue and custody of the Child. “How will the husband maintain the wife if he is in jail and then custody of child is given to spouse only after court verifying the welfare of children. Even Saira Bano has not taken custody of her children till date,” said Jilani while objecting to provision in the proposed bill that anyone can complain about the husband even if divorced wife does not want to file a case against the estranged husband.The Board Secretary said that the proposed bill was against the welfare of the Muslim women in the country and encroaches upon the rights of the children. The Board has also objected to Central government not following parliamentary procedure of law making while drafting the Bill.“The Centre should withdraw the proposed bill and if it considers necessary to enact such law, it must consult Board and Muslim women organisations to redraft the bill for protecting rights of Muslim women in the country,” suggested Jilani.The AIMPLB will launch a countrywide awareness campaign about possible consequences of the proposed bill and call upon community members to oppose it. If invited, a high-level delegation of the Board, led by its President Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, may meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.Significantly, the office-bearers and members from the Shiite Muslims stayed away from the committee meeting. The Board Vice-President Maulana Kalbe Saqdiq and prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad were conspicuous by absence.

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Jerusalem vote will affect UN budget, fear diplomats

Braving threats of retaliation from Washington, India and 128 countries voted in favour of the resolution in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that called upon the US to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But officials now say that it could have been a ploy by the US to scale down its budgetary commitments to the UN.The Committee on Contributions at the UN uses estimates of each member state’s gross national product (GNP) and a number of adjustments, including data for external debt and for low per capita incomes for their financial commitments to the regular and peace-keeping budget of the world body. The percentage shares range from a minimum of 0.001% to a maximum of 22%, and a maximum of 0.01% for those nations designated as “least developed countries.The US is the biggest economy in the world with the highest share of 22%, followed by Japan with 9.68% and China (7.921%). According to the assessment made for the years 2016-18, India has to contribute 0.737% to the UN regular budget, placing it at 24th position in the list of highest contributors. Officials here attributed the US’s intransigence coupled with unparalleled threatening communications to countries to a ploy to scale down its commitments to the UN and its various programmes particularly the peace-keeping efforts. The US contributions to the UN regular budget in 2017 stood at $611 million. It is also committed to providing $2 billion annually to peacekeeping, and hundreds of millions more to programs, including the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program. The US had already conveyed to cut $150 million next year to peace-keeping budget.At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump asserted, “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.” Expressing “deep regret” over recent decisions over the status of Jerusalem, the resolution did not specifically mention the US, but states that the final status of the city will be “resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions”.Officials here agree that the US communications to the smaller nations intimidating them to vote in its favour were highly inappropriate and the only explanation could be the US attempting to run away from its financial commitments. The resolution, which was tabled by Turkey and Yemen and supported by a slew of Muslim and non-aligned movement countries, was approved by 128 votes – two-thirds of the 193-member UNGA. While 35 countries abstained, only nine countries voted against the resolution – the US, Israel, Honduras, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo and Micronesia. Twenty-one countries did not vote at all.While officials here stated that India’s position on Palestine was unchanged, the lack of reiteration of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital over past many months had raised questions. The ambassadors of Arab countries posted to Delhi meeting with the minister of state for external affairs, M.J. Akbar to discuss the issue. Arab countries were also apprehensive of India’s stand, apprehending that Modi government may change its policy in the wake of hosting Israeli PM early next year in New Delhi. Diplomats, who attended the meeting said there was no explicit demand made by the Arab envoys to take a stronger position, but they only reminded Akbar to convey the PM the 2016 Manama Declaration, which India signed with Arab countries, recognising East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital and also called for the sanctity of UNSC resolutions.India’s positionAccording to the assessment made for the years 2016-18 by the United Nations, India has to contribute 0.737% to the UN regular budget, placing it at 24th position.

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VHP in Meerut launches campaign telling Hindus to not sell homes to minorities

The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has launched a campaign that disallows people belonging to the minority community to buy property in Hindu-dominated areas.According to the VHP, if sold, then people may use these houses as a safe haven to conduct terrorist and anti-national activities.“We will also educate Hindus not to sell their houses to Muslims as their culture, and way of living does not match with us,” Sudarshan Maharaj, VHP Organizing Secretary, Meerut, told media.The campaign comes after Sanjay Rastogi, a Meerut-based businessman, from Maliwada in Meerut district, sold a portion of his house to a Muslim family. However, when the buyer Nauman Ahmed went for the possession, he was heckled by VHP activists and local residents and warned not to shift into the house.Locals also confronted Sanjay Rastogi for selling his property discreetly to a Muslim family without consulting and seeking consent from his neighbours.The matter went to the Kotwali police station where a compromise was reached. It asked Sanjay to return the money to Nauman within two months to close the matter.Meanwhile, a delegation of the members AIMIM met the SSP Manzil Saini and other senior police officials. They sought action against VHP and BJYM activists making a property deal into Hindu-Muslim and demand protection for the Muslim family to shift in the house.

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Need comprehensive reforms in divorce laws: Muslim body

After the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to make triple talaq illegal, the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM) has demanded that the proposed legislation be extended to cover all forms of divorce granted by the Muslim community under its personal laws.Activists of the Mandal founded by social reformer Hamid Dalwai, met Modi in New Delhi on Monday and sought that all cases of divorce be settled through courts to prevent discrimination and ensure justice and that an ‘Indian Marriage Act’ be prepared for all communities.”We have requested that not just instant triple talaq i.e talaq-e-biddat, but all forms of talaq be banned by the central government. This will ensure that divorce cases are decided in courts and not outside it. Till the court decides on this divorce, the couple should not be allowed to remarry. Laws prohibiting bigamy should also be extended to Muslims,” MSM president Prof Shamshuddin Tamboli told DNA.He stressed that the issue should be looked at comprehensively and not a piecemeal basis. The MSM has also demanded a ban on the “outdated and inhuman” provision of Halala in Muslim personal law, which is demeaning for women. In halala, a divorced woman has to marry another man who will divorce her after which she can marry her original husband.On Monday, Tamboli and activists of the mandal, namely former president Sayyadbhai, Jameer Shaikh, Dilawar Shaikh, Sameer Shaikh and Niyaz Attar met Modi with BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. They will also meet leaders from other parties to build a consensus on the issue.The memorandum submitted to Modi noted that “considering the complexity of Muslim womens’ problems” the proposed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) bill, may not be able to address these issues and ensure justice for Muslim women. It demanded that other forms of talaq like talaq-e-Hasan, talaq-e-Ahasan, talaq-e-Khula also be banned since they were one-sided and had male dominated provisions.Apart from the custody of minor children, the bill should also incorporate provisions for the maintenance of children and victims.”Banning instant triple talaq i.e talaq-e-Biddat without banning polygamy may intensify the existing problems of Muslim women,” the MSM noted, seeking a draft Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act in consultation with stakeholders.”Though we support the Uniform Civil Code, considering the politics around it, an Indian Marriage Act should be approved. Now, around 95% of criminal and civil laws like the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and Indian Penal Code, 1860, are common for all communities… the proposed marriage act will ensure uniformity in marriage, divorce, alimony, adoption and inheritance,” said Tamboli, adding this would ensure secularism, equality and gender justice.On April 18, 1966, Hamid Dalwai, an author and founder of the Indian Secular Society, had organised a morcha of the Muslim women at the receiving end of the oral, one-sided divorce, at the state administrative headquarters and submitted a memorandum to then chief minister Vasantrao Naik. The Mandal was launched in March 1970 for social and religious reforms among Muslims but faced opposition from orthodox sections within the community.

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When will attention be given to Hindu widows in UP? Samajwadi Party asks BJP

The Samajwadi Party today hit out at the Narendra Modi-led BJP goverment, claiming that it had special concern for the Muslim women and asked when the ruling party would address the problems face by Hindu widows.Speaking to reporters, SP national general secretary Ramashankar Vidyarthi also blamed the statements made by Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal for the Congress’ defeat in the Gujarat Assembly elections.”The BJP government has a special concern to address the interests of Muslim women, but it is unable to see the plight of Hindu widows,” he claimed.The condition of the Hindu widows is very bad and are kept away from various social programmes, he said.”When will any attention be given to the Hindu widows, and when steps will be taken to provide them equal rights,” he asked the prime minister.On the election results, the SP general secretary said, “The Congress lost the (Gujarat Assembly) elections due to the statements made by Mani Shankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal. It was because of their remarks that the BJP resorted to communal polarisation and was able to register a victory.” He also said the SP would review its performance in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

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Gujarat elections 2017: BJP retains its iron grip over Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad continues its romance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), backing it once again in the 2017 assembly elections.Although the party did well in the district and the city, the number of seats it won in the city dipped.It should be noted that the Ahmedabad district has 21 seats, of which five are rural and rest 16 are in Ahmedabad city. BJP won 15 of the 21 seats in the district. In the city, the party won 12 of the 16 seats (in 2012 BJP had won 14 seats), conceding an additional two seats than in 2012.In rural areas of districts, the party won three seats conceding two to Congress. Though the party continued to maintain the number of seats in rural Ahmedabad, it lost Viramgam and Dhandhuka to Congress and gained Daskroi, Dholka and Sanand in return. Sanand was won by the Congress in 2012.Viramgam is the hometown of Paatidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PAAS) and Tejashree Patel. She lost to Congress’s Lakhabhai Bharwad by 6,548 votes.In Dhandhuka, BJP’s Kalubhai Dabhi lost to the Congress’ Rajesh Gohil by 5,920 votes. Interestingly, Dhandhuka was a seat which the BJP’s Lalji Kolipatel had won in 2012 by 28,277 votes.It is obvious from the present victory margin that the 2017 elections was a closely contested elections for the BJP in Dhandhuka.BJP concedes two more seats in Ahd cityThe BJP that has an extremely good organisational structure at the city level, found itself losing two more seats to the Congress in Ahmedabad city. The party lost Jamalpur and Bapunagar, in addition to Dariyapur and Danilimda. While the party had lost Dariapur and Danilimda even in 2012 (both are Muslim-dominated seats), the loss in Jamalpur-Khadia and Bapunagar is something that the party is likely to take serious note of. In Jamalpur-Khadia, Congress’ Imran Khedawala won with a margin of 29,339 seats.The seat is made up of the former Khadia seat (a BJP bastion) and Jamalpur (a Congress bastion). In 2012 too the BJP was expected to lose the seat but a split of the Muslim Chippa vote between the Congress candidate (a Muslim) and an independent (another Muslim) had helped the BJP sail through. It had won with a slim margin of just 6,331 votes. This time, however, the Congress put up a Chippa Muslim as its candidate. An independent, Sabir Kabliwala, who had filed his nominations as an independent withdrew his candidature at the last moment avoiding a split of the Muslim vote. This helped the Congress win the seat with a margin of over 29,000 votes.The other seat that the BJP lost is Bapunagar, a seat newly formed in 2012. The BJP’s sitting MLA Jagrupsinh Rajput lost the seat to Congress’ Himmatsinh Patel by a margin of 3067 seats. Bapunagar is made up of areas from the erstwhile Rakhial, a BJP bastion.In 2012, when BJP won the seat, it too had won with a slim margin of 2,603 votes. The Congress victory can also be attributed to the fact that the seat has a substantial majority of Patels and the area saw violence during the PAAS agitation for reservation. This too may have worked against the BJP in the seat.Close ContestOf the 21 seats that went to polls in Ahmedabad district, six seats saw a victory margin of less than 8,000 votes. These seats included Viramgam, Sanand, Bapunagar, Dariapur, Dholka and Dhandhuka. Of this, the lowest victory margin was in Dholka were sitting MLA and former education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama barely made it with 327 votes. He had won the seat in 2012 with a victory margin of over 18,000 votes. The Congress it seems had all the luck as far as close calls were concerned. Of the six seats that had a victory margin of less than 8,000 votes , the Congress turned lucky in 4. These six seats were distributed equally between the two parties in 2012.BJP’s margin up in cityThe BJP finding favour with the urban voter could be known from the fact that of the 12 urban seats that the party won in Ahmedabad city, the party improved its margin of victory margin in more than seven seats in respect to 2012. The victory margin shot up in Ghatlodia, Vatva, Ellisbridge, Naranpura, Naroda, Sabarmati and Asarva.The highest victory margin was in Ghatlodia, where Bhupendra Patel of BJP won by a margin of 1,17,750 votes, improving on Anandiben’s performance in 2012. She won with a margin of 1,10,395 votes in 2012, the highest victory margin for that election. Bhupendra Patel continued that trend too. His victory margin is the highest in the 2017 elections.But sees margins dip in Patel bastionsThough the BJP continued to win in Patel-dominated seats, it saw its victory margins fall considerably, often more than 10,000 votes. The seats that saw a lower victory margin for the BJP than in 2012 were Vejalpur, Nikol, Thakkarbappanagar, Amraiwadi and Maninagar. Of this, Nikol and Thakkarbappanagar saw its victory margin fall by 23,000 in the former and over 15,000 votes in the later.

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School reinstates teacher couple after sacking them

The Muslim Education Institute (MEI) has reinstated the teacher couple who were sacked for having an affair, which could have adverse impact on students.On their wedding day, Tariq Ahmad Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, both teachers at Muslim Education Institute (MEI), Pampore, were given marching orders over the phone. Ironically, the call was made hours before Tariq was set to leave to bring his bride home to Tral Township of south Kashmir on November 30.Taking cognizance of the arbitrary decision against the couple, Jammu and Kashmir government went into an overdrive and asked the MEI management to withdraw the termination order forthwith or face the consequences.”The expulsion order has been withdrawn by the school. Both the parties were present. They (school) also apologised. They said both teachers will come to the school. They will be given the same respect and honour. I have both orders –withdrawal and acceptance –before me”, said GM Dar, deputy commissioner of Pulwama.Principal of the School Tariq Ahmad said the teachers have been reinstated forthwith. “We told them join today. Since tomorrow is Sunday, they will resume their duties on Monday”, he said.On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had also taken suo moto notice of the reports and directed the director of school education Kashmir and principal of MEI to submit a report in this regard. The SHRC also asked the principal to be personally present in the Commission on December 18, the next date of the hearing in the case.”While taking cognizance chairperson of SHRC took serious note of it (news reports about sacking of teacher couple) and directed the director education Kashmir and Principal MEI to file report before the commission on Monday.Besides Principal of the Institute is directed to be present in person on the said date”, said the spokesman of SHRC

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NCW chief welcomes cabinet’s approval of triple talaq bill

National Commission of Women’s (NCW) acting president Rekha Sharma on Saturday welcomed the Cabinet’s approval of a Bill to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence.“We fought because we were getting complaints regarding this. We welcome this move by the Cabinet. I also would like to add that any welfare scheme or policy should not be based on religion. The law should be common for everyone. This move is for the betterment of our society. I want triple talaq to be abolished all together,” she told ANI.The bill termed as the ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017’ seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce in Islam.Cleared earlier yesterday, it will now be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.The Supreme Court, in August, had passed the order terming the practice of instant triple talaq (divorce) as “unconstitutional.”Despite the order, there have been sporadic incidents of husbands calling off their marriages through phones or messages or by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice.Now since the law has been framed to make triple talaq an offence, the victims will have the option of approaching the police and legal system for the redressal of their grievances and for the action to be taken against the husband.

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Centre should have consulted Muslims on triple talaq law, says AIMPLB

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on Friday that the Centre should have consulted Muslims before it approved a draft law under which the practice of instant triple talaq would be made illegal and would attract a three year jail term for the offending husband.Before approving the draft law the Centre should have consulted the Muslim community, and also the experts, AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani said.”If we live in a democracy, then we should have been given an opportunity. We also want to stop the practice of triple talaq. If the government’s intention is to really stop it, then the Islamic way of stopping would have been more acceptable…If the law is forced upon, then it is not correct,” he said.Reacting to the developments, president of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) Shaista Amber said that the Centre did not talk to Muslim organisations, while preparing the draft.”The Supreme Court had banned triple talaq in the light of Quran. Hence, any new law should be prepared in the light of Quran. If it is not so, then no Muslim woman will accept it,” she said.President of Muslim Women League, Naisha Hasan, said, “Before approving the draft of the bill, the Centre should have held discussions with the people…There should be a provision that the person giving triple talaq should not be sent to jail immediately, and the path of mediation should be opted,” she said.The Centre on Friday approved a draft law under which the practice of giving instant triple talaq would be made illegal and void and would attract a jail term of three years for the husband, a government functionary said.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was considered by the Union cabinet which gave its nod, the functionary said.The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The other members included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior in the ministry P P Chaudhary.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.

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India ‘religious murder’ case: Donations for suspect blocked

The Hindu man is accused of hacking a Muslim to death in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Will support BJP, RSS if they shun politics of hatred, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

Leading Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has said that its opposition to the BJP and RSS was only because of their “communal and divisive politics” and it can support them if they shun politics of hatred.Addressing a conference on national integration here last night, the national president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Syyed Arshad Madani said they have no lust for power, and that they oppose BJP only because of its sectarianism.”Neither the Jamiat nor the Muslims have any personal opposition to the BJP…if the BJP shuns its politics of hatred, catch hold of those spreading it, ensure punishment to them and encourage peace and brotherhood, people will support them,” he said.Stressing that only a handful of people want to spread hatred and harm the country, Madni said peace loving people of the country will teach BJP a lesson in the 2019 elections, if it is seen giving them a free hand.Also, alleging that a large number of Muslim youths have been jailed without conviction for as long as 20 years, he said the aim behind this is to prove that “Islam does not espouse peace, and instead is a religion of separatism”.On this occasion, Madani also talked about the Jamiat’s decision to fight the case of a Muslim labourer in the apex court, who was allegedly hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan on December 6, as he expressed his apprehension about the victim’s family getting justice in a local court.

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RTI reply: 19000 Kashmiri migrants moved to Delhi, 40000 still settled in Jammu

Since 1990, due to militancy issues in the Kashmir valley, 61,000 Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Muslim and Sikh families have migrated from the valley. However, surprisingly 40,000 are still residing in the state, and are in Jammu, while 19,000 have come to Delhi and remaining 2,000 to various other parts of the country. This has been revealed in an RTI reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Jammu and Kashmir Division), Government of India. The RTI was filed by a Pune based entrepreneur Prafful Sarda seeking details on how many Kashmiri Pandita have been affected by the militancy. He had posed an array of questions, of which the ministry replied only this much. For the remaining ones he has been asked to apply under RTI rules prevalent in Jammu and Kashmir state, which is different from the rest of the country. The RTI reply reads, “Due to militancy in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s most of the Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Sikh and Muslim families migrated from the Kashmir valley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country. More than 40,000 registered Kashmiri Migrant families are residing in Jammu, about 19,000 registered Kashmiri Migrant families are living in Adelphi and about 2000 families are settled in other states.” Also readKashmiri pandit’s sweet gesture: Candies for Eid processionSarda claims his reason for seeking this information was that, “With this RTI figures, I wish to highlight our courts do have time to know and understand Rohingya Muslims issue but the citizen of this country “Kashmiri Pandits” are fighting for justice and courts have not given any firm decision in last 30 years.”

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We will not tolerate acts like Rajasamand: Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been in the public eye of late, especially after controversies over ‘Padmavati’ and the Rajsamand hacking of a Muslim man. DNA’s Sangeeta Pranvendra speaks to the CM as she enters the final year of her term. Edited excerpts:Looking back, how satisfied are you with your performance?Four years is a very short period. I cannot say I am satisfied, it is a work in progress. We have done some good work and with the continuation of programmes you will see Rajasthan upwardly mobile. We inherited a shaky economy. The four years have been used to change despondence to hope because of opportunities.What can one expect from the 5th Budget of this tenure?In the next budget, announcements will be minimised, it will be about implementation. Our focus will on delivery. Don’t hate crime incidents like in Rajsamand highlight the need for sprucing up the law-and-order situation?I condemn such acts. We will not tolerate them. Immediate action was taken in the Rajsamand case, and let me tell you, all people irrespective of their caste community are equal before us.Doctors are agitating, govt employees are striking over pay commission implementation. Why is this not being addressed?In a democracy all have a right to put across their opinion. But doctors have to address their human responsibilities too. As for the employees, they are our backbone and I have always been with them. But they too will have to understand our financial condition.There have been several communal incidents across the state…The government is committed to control all such incidents immediately. The police has done a good job in containing the incidents. I congratulate the police.Padmavati controversy has prompted you to ban the film in the state. How fair is this?Padmini is an issue of pride not just for Rajasthan but for the entire country. We support an artist’s right to expression, but injury to our dignity will not be accepted. We have merely respected public sentiment.

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Rajasthan hacking: Bengal Congress accuses Mamata Banerjee of trying to reap political dividend

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Tuesday alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to reap political dividend after the ‘hate murder’ of Bengal-based labourer Md Afrazul Khan in Rajasthan.“In the wake of the brutal murder, Mamata had taken an unprecedented step by organising a political meeting right at the doorstep of the deceased, the very next day after his body arrived when the entire family of the victim, according to the rituals of condolence, was reciting the Holy Quran. I think Mamata herself is not acquainted with the established religious Muslim rituals after death. I found that Trinamool was over-enthusiastic in expressing their grief and sorrow while ignoring the rituals of the Muslim community,” he said talking to DNA . He further added, “While speaking in that political programme under the guise of condolence, even the ministers were simply harping on the magnanimity of Mamata Banerjee which does not have even scant relation with the murder. Certainly, it is garnering political dividend out of the brutal death. It was found that Mamata had virtually started campaigning for panchayat polls in that area.”Also readRajasthan hacking- If people want to return to Bengal, will provide assistance to set up business: Mamata BanerjeeAdhir said that while the Rajasthan government had paid Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim, the state government should have paid at least 10 lakh. Referring to the on-going Gujarat polls too Chowdhury dealt barbs at Mamata saying that there was no message from her to people of Bengal who worked in Gujarat. “Speaking at the Shahid Divas platform, she had said that it was necessary to strengthen Sonia Gandhi’s hand for fighting against the BJP’s communal force but active as she always is on social media, she could have sent a message via Facebook or Twitter to Bengalis who lived there to vote for secular partes,” Chowdhury said.

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Rajasthan hacking: "We only know our father was a hero of the family, don’t know what love jihad is"

A daughter of the 48-year-old Muslim labourer Mohammad Afrazul from West Bengal who was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, has termed her father as a hero of the family and said that she doesn’t know what love jihad means.Afrazul was killed by Shambu Lal Raigar who was seen in the videos ranting against “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who they claim seek to propagate Islam.“Our father was always away, but used to call us everyday. We were sad that he was never home but we knew he was doing that to feed us,” Afrazul’s second daughter Rejina told Indian Express.Also readRajasthan hacking horror: Victim’s family haunted by his screams; say animals are treated betterStating that she doesn’t know what love-jihad is, she added, “All I know is that my father was a family man who worked hard for us.”According to report, Afrazul left home at the age of 14 and worked as daily wage labourer for three decades and educated his family members.Also readRajasthan murder is a criminal incident, not a case of love jihad: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi”He has always sacrificed just to keep the family running. He is the hero of the family,” said Afzarul’s elder brother Muhammed Tafazzul Hussain Khan.“There was no factory here then… there still isn’t. So the only way left for him and us was to leave the state,” says Tafazzul.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedAfrazul’s younger brother said that hard he was a hard-working man who ate less and saved for the family.In his videos, Shambu Lal Raigar had referred to a woman he called his “Hindu sister who he had tried to save from love jihad”. That woman, however, has denied any link, saying that she went to West Bengal with one Mohammed Bablu Sheikh, a resident of Malda, in 2010, but returned to Rajasthan in 2013 on her own.Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Director General of Police (DGP) said the prima facie reports cited the man seen in the video was not a ‘normal human being’, and a further investigation has been initiated in the matter.The Rajasthan government also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim, while the West Bengal government provided widow pension to the deceased’s wife and assured employment to the kin.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | By raking up riots, Congress trying to appease minorities: Amit Shah

BJP’s national president Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that Congress was trying to appease minority by playing votebank politics ahead of the second phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat. Talking to mediapersons at BJP’s Gujarat headquarters Shri Kamalam, Shah said that by raising issue of Gujarat riots of 2002, Congress is trying to appease minorities.Shah said, “When a few days are left for the second phase polls in Gujarat, Congress is playing votebank politics through appeasement. Mumbai Congress vice-president and their senior leader Charan Singh said that PM Narendra Modi should seek apology of Muslim community for Gujarat riots of 2002 from Jama Masjid. Many Congress sponsored NGOs had made allegations over Narendra Modi by tweaking the reality at that time but could not succeed as the Supreme Court withheld those charges. Now, when you ask PM to seek apology for 2002 riots, no greater example to that there can be for appeasement politics.”Shah added, “Jignesh Mevani, who recognises himself as Dalit leader and is an independent candidate from Vadgam in Banaskantha accepts funds from anti-national outfit like PFI. The outfit is believed to be preparing millitants for ISIS and one of their worker Abdul Zalil was nabbed by NIA. Congress knew this so did not gave ticket to Jignesh Mevani but declared their support and did not field any candidate against him.”The BJP chief also took the potshot at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, former vice-president Hamid Ansari and former PM Manmohan Singh for holding secret meeting with Pakistani high commissioner. He said that when Gujarat polls were being held, the Congress leaders’ meeting with Pakistani officials without informing Indian government was condemnable act.Amit Shah, concluding his address to media person said, “People of this nation have dejected Congress for their negative ideology and that will keep happening everywhere. I would make an appeal to voters of Gujarat that they should take these incidents in cognizance and should understand the whole issue. On the other side, the people of Gujarat also should notice that ever since BJP came in power, the state is peaceful, safe and happy. Gujarat is border state and safety of this state is the issue of concern for all.”

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Rajasthan murder is a criminal incident, not a case of love jihad: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today sought to see the burning to death of a Muslim labourer in Rajasthan earlier this week as a “criminal incident” and not as a case of “love jihad” as was being alleged.The minority affairs minister also, without naming anyone, said that some “sick” people were allegedly trying to disturb the communal harmony in society. He said a crime should not be clubbed with religion. Naqvi, however, stressed people allegedly doing so will not succeed in their “nefarious designs”. Naqvi, who chaired a meeting of the general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation here, also said that short- term certificate courses of ‘GST facilitator’ and ‘sanitary supervisor’ have been providing employment opportunities to a “large number” of youth from minority communities.Also readRahul Gandhi has become a good ‘mimicry artist’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi “It is an unfortunate incident. We should not club crime with religion and treat criminal incidents as criminal incidents only. The state government has already taken strict action against the guilty,” Naqvi said, when asked about the alleged “love jihad” incident.He added, “Some sick people are trying to disturb the communal harmony in society. But they will not succeed in their nefarious designs.”Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedA 48-year-old Muslim labourer, from West Bengal, was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand earlier this week, leading the police to arrest the killer, seen raving against “love jihad” while torching Mohammad Afrazul in videos of the incident shared on social media.The accused, identified as Shambu Lal Raigar, is seen in the videos ranting against “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who they claim seek to propagate Islam.Also read’Want murderers to be hanged in public’: Rajasthan victim’s wifeMeanwhile, the meeting reviewed various schemes being run by the foundation for educational and skill development of minorities.The minister said the youth benefited by the ‘GST facilitator’ course, are helping small, medium enterprises and also big business groups.”Similarly, sanitary supervisors are getting jobs in different projects across the country. Lakhs of toilets, cleanliness centres, health centres are being constructed under the Clean India campaign and these supervisors are strengthening it,” he added.Reiterating Modi government’s commitment towards educational empowerment of minorities, Naqvi said his ministry was spending more than 65 per cent of its total budget on the activities related to the sector.He said more than 1.5 crore students have been given various scholarships by the ministry in the past three years.The minister also talked about the efforts being made under the government’s multi-sectoral development programme and the plan to set up 100 skill development centres named as ‘Garib Nawaz’.”I myself have been monitoring all the educational empowerment and skill development programmes. Any negligence in implementation of these schemes will not be tolerated,” he added.

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Love jihad wasn’t the motive, indicates Rajasthan police’s preliminary investigation into Md Afrazul’s death

Preliminary investigations have ruled out ‘love jihad’ behind the gruesome killing of a 48-year-old Muslim labourer in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, police said today.Mohammand Afrazul from West Bengal was hacked and burnt to death in Rajsamand by Shabhu Lal Raigar, who was seen ranting against ‘love jihad’ in a video that was shot and uploaded on the internet by his minor nephew.Raigar was today sent to three days in police custody and his nephew to a juvenile home by a court in Rajsamand even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded “exemplary action” against him for killing Afrazul.The Bengal government has announced Rs 3 lakh and a job to the labourer’s family.”The accused, Shabhu Lal Raigar, said that he committed the crime over ‘love jihad’, but it has not been established so far that any such theory was behind the killing of the labourer,” Inspector General of Police, Udaipur, Anand Srivastava said.The police is interrogating Raigar to ascertain the motive, the officer said.”Nothing conclusive can be said at the moment, but preliminary investigation suggest that there was nothing like ‘love jihad’. However, the matter is being thoroughly probed on all angles to find out the motive,” Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said.Also readMamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan, accused gets three-day police custodyThe video of the gruesome incident went viral on social media on Wednesday and a day later Raigar was arrested and his nephew detained. He is seen raving against ‘love jihad’, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men.”Raigar was produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate of Rajsamand. The magistrate remanded him in police custody for three days. He will be produced in the court on December 10 again,” SHO Rajnagar Ramsumer Meena said.Also read’I am a normal person,’ says accused in gruesome Rajasthan murder videoHis minor nephew was sent to a juvenile home by the court, he said.Meanwhile in Kolkata, Banerjee asked the West Bengal director general of police to speak to his Rajasthan counterpart and ensure security to nearly 3,500 labourers from West Bengal working in that state.”This is a very sad incident… Cannot even think of this. There must be strong and exemplary action against those responsible for the heinous crime,” Banerjee said.Senior TMC leaders, including ministers Firad Hakim and Suvendu Adhikary, and party MPs are slated to go to Malda district tomorrow to visit the labourer’s family, who have described Afrazul as their sole earning member and demanded strict action against Raigar.

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Accused’s nephew taped Rajasthan slaughter

Within hours of apprehending Shyamlal Raigar for the gruesome murder of Muslim labourer Mohammed Afrazul, 47, in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, internet services in the district were temporarily barred and additional security forces were deployed.The police also learnt that the accused, Raigar, made a few videos before the crime as well. “Some videos were made a few days ahead of the commission of crime, while two videos were made on the day of murder. The murder was captured on the video by Raigar’s nephew, a minor,”said Anand Srivastav, Inspector General, Udaipur range.The range IG further said the internet ban was expected to stem rumours from spreading. “As of now, no Love Jihad angle has come to light,” he said. The cops have also detained a dozen people for questioning. “Raigar’s friends and family members are being questioned about the man,” the IG said.”We are also trying to find out whether the act was committed under some sort of conspiracy and whether someone other than him was behind the murder,” he added.Interestingly, Raigar does not have a criminal background, as was being thought earlier. “He was a marble trader for nearly a decade, primarily operating in Rajsamand, Gurugram, and Anand in Gujarat. His parents live in Anand but are originally from Rajasthan. He has three daughters and the youngest is undergoing treatment for a mental disorder. She also gets a government pension,” Srivastav said.Commenting on the incident, DGP O P Galhotra said:”It is a heinous act that no person of sane mind would ever commit. The home minister had directed to form an SIT under SP, Rajsamand. The investigation was completed within 24 hours, and the main accused was arrested. He is being interrogated. Since the investigation is in a priliminary stage, not much can be said right now.”Notably, a minor girl seen in one of the videos was Raigar’s daughter.”It has also come to light that the murder video was made by Raigar’s minor nephew. Also, he is not associated with any outfit or organisation and does not have a criminal background,” the DGP said, adding: “We are perturbed that such a crime has taken place in the state. It is our utmost priority that the chargesheet is filed as soon as possible and the accused is punished. It is a rarest of rare case and we will demand death penalty for the accused.”The top cop further said: “Ours is a peaceful state and a heinous act like this one can not be used to generalise the law and order situation. We would like to assure the general public that any activity that hampers the peace in the state will not be tolerated.”Meanwhile, accused Raigar has claimed that he was being threatened by the deceased’s community members. He alleged that the complainant had fled with a girl to Bengal and after Raigar successfully rescued her, he started getting threats.”I have known this girl since childhood and she was like a family member. I used to study with her brother in school and their family lived near us,” Raigar said, when questioned by the media.”They took the girl from our area and I went to Bengal to bring her back. After this, they started threatening me. I am a normal person,” he further said.Meanwhile, the family members of victim Khan, who hailed from a village in Kaliachak of Malda district of West Bengal, said that they were shell-shocked since receiving the phone call on Wednesday.”He was murdered because of his faith and they spun a yarn to justify it. I want the murderers to be hanged in public,” said Khan’s wife Gul Bahar Bibi. She said he last talked to his family in Malda on February 5.Khan is survived by his wife and three daughters, Jyotsna Khatoon, Rejina Khatoon, and Habiba Khatoon.”It is a big conspiracy. The fact that his brutal murder was taped and circulated on social media is proof enough. The murderer butchered him while he kept crying for mercy. Our relatives in Rajasthan are in touch with the police and we hope the administration works towards unearthing the truth,” Rejina said.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, too, condemned the act. “How can people be so inhuman? Sad,” she tweeted.
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After labourer from Malda is murdered in Rajasthan, Mamata Banerjee condemns inhuman killing

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condemned the killing and called the incident “inhuman”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the killing of a labourer from West Bengal in Rajasthan and termed the incident “inhuman”.Mohammad Afrazul was burnt alive and a video of the gruesome incident was uploaded on social media in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. In the video, the laboured was seen hacked and burnt to death.”We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. Sad,” she said in a tweet.According to SP of Rajsamand Manoj Kumar, the accused, who allegedly committed the crime yesterday, has been arrested and being interrogated.Also readThose who butchered my father should suffer in the same manner: Rajasthan victim’s daughterThe accused was also seen shouting at the victim in the video, IG of Udaipur Anand Srivastava said.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria condemned the incident and said the case has been handed over to SIT for further investigations.Also readRajasthan: Man arrested for murdering Muslim, burning corpse in suspected love jihad caseThe family of a labourer who was attacked with an axe and then burnt alive in Rajasthan today demanded strict action against the killer who allegedly also uploaded a video of the gruesome crime on social media.Mohammad Afrazul of West Bengal’s Malda district was set ablaze yesterday in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.The video, which has gone viral on the internet, shows a man raving about “love jehad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who are accused of seeking to propagate Islam.”We want a thorough investigation to be conducted into the incident and the culprit to be punished,” a relative of Afrazul told reporters in Malda.Afrazul’s family members said they did not know why he was killed. “We don’t know the real reason behind his killing. He was the sole bread winner of the family. We came to know that the person who killed him had called him on the pretext of giving him work,” a relative said.
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‘Dresses worn by Hindu girls embarrassing,’ says Bihar college principal banning jeans, mobile phones

In a bizarre incident, a Bihar college principal has introduced dress code in the college as the ‘dresses worn by Hindu girls are an embarrassment’ to the college.Shashi Sharma, Principal of Magadh Mahila College in Bihar, on Wednesday introduced a ban on dresses, jeans and Patiala suits on campus.”Was requested by girls to bring in dress code as there’s social disparity here. Muslim girls don’t wear jeans so they never objected. Dresses worn by Hindu girls were embarrassing,” Shashi Sharma said.The principal has also imposed restriction on mobile phone use. Any offender will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000. “There’s mobile-free zone where phones can be used, not in classrooms. Ours isn’t a modern college that it can take such modernity. We think traditionally & are miles away from modernity. It’ll take us 50 years to reach there,” the principal added.A student also expressed support for the administration’s decision saying the ban will remove differences among girls.”Ban on jeans is an old rule. Phones in classrooms were always prohibited. Girls never objected to dress code, in fact they requested for it in first place. Uniformity will remove differences among girls. Phones can be used in mobile free zones,” said Laila Qazmi, General Secretary of Magadh Mahila College.
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Delhi HC seeks govt stand on PIL for changing Muslim inheritance law

The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre’s response on a PIL to amend the Muslim personal law on inheritance, alleging that Muslim women were discriminated on issues relating to sharing of property.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Ministry of Law and Justice to examine the issue of alleged discriminatory practice in the Muslim law on inheritance.It directed the government to submit its stand positively before the next date of hearing on April 9 next year.Central government standing counsel Monika Arora told the bench that the Law Commission was examining the issue.The court was hearing a plea by a social organisation — Sahara Kalyan Samiti– which has sought equal inheritance rights for Muslim women.The petition, filed by advocate Raghav Awasthi alleged that Muslim women in India have been discriminated as far their rights of inheritance were concerned in comparison to their male counterparts.It said the discrimination based on customary law as well the statutory law was violative of their fundamental right to equality enshrined under Articles 14, 19, 21 and other relevant provisions of the Constitution.The plea contended that Article 13 of the Constitution included personal laws including Muslim personal laws. “It is erroneous to assume that personal laws are excluded from the ambit of judicial examination,” it said.It claimed that a bare perusal of the law shows that a wife shall receive 1/8th of the property of her husband on his death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of marriage, she is entitled to 1/4th of the property. A daughter shall receive half of the share of a son.In stark contrast, the men shall receive 1/4th of the property of his wife on her death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of the marriage, he is entitled to half the property. A son shall receive double the share of the daughter, the plea alleged.”Thus, it is clearly perceivable that women under the present Islamic law in force are, by the mere factum of their being women in the nature of a wife or a daughter, are only entitled to half of the share of their male counterparts,” it said.
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BMMA welcomes draft law to criminalise triple talaq

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case in the Supreme Court has welcomed the draft law of the government that looks to criminalise instant triple talaq. The move comes days after another group stated that the issue should not be criminalised and that it would affect the issue.”While we welcome the criminal provisions that the new draft Bill on instant triple talaq mentions of which we have been getting glimpses in the press, the bill leaves a lot to be desired. While the Bill pronounces triple talaaq as an offense, it has not given any other alternative method for divorce. All civil laws are in a way connected with the IPC and if there is no penal provision, then it will not be any different than an court order. Laws are effective only because they have penal provision,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, convenor of the BMMA.BMMA suggested that Ahsan method where arbitration should last for minimum 90 days and is also mandatory be introduced even before the beginning of divorce process. “This method of divorce is applicable to both men and women. Unless arbitration before divorce proceedings is not made mandatory, this proposed law will only criminalise a certain method without providing an alternative. Justice to Muslim women also includes a divorce process where she has an equal participation in the proceedings and has an equal say in the settlement of other rights, if at all the divorce happens,” added Noorjehan.The group also demanded that other “discriminatory practices like halala, muta marriage, under age marriage and polygamy” must also be addressed in the Bill. “All these issues are linked to triple talaaq. Polygamy should be banned otherwise without divorcing, people will remarry. If marry underage people, that too should be punished. There is no reason if a Hindu man is being punished for multiple wives or under POCSOA, a Muslim should go unpunished,” said Niaz.
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Navi Mumbai: 19-year-old woman robbed, pushed out of moving train near Juinagar

A woman passenger was pushed off a local train by a robber near Juinagar railway station in Navi Mumbai after snatching her purse.The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on Saturday when the victim was travelling to Vashi from Panvel.The victim has been identified as Rutuja Bodake and she is being treated at a Private hospital in Vashi.Also readUttar Pradesh: Three Muslim clerics beaten, thrown out of trainAccording to reports, a robber boarded the ladies coach on seeing her alone and snatched her belongings including mobile phone and earrings.The victim attempted to fight off the robber between Nerul and Juinagar, but she was pushed out of the train. The robber, however, managed to flee away.Reports also said that there was no security guard in the compartment when the incident took place.A case has been registered against an unknown person under Sections 397 (robbery, or dacoity) and 307 (attempt to murder) among others of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police are checking CCTV cameras installed at the station to identify the accused.Also readMumbai local train motorman stops train to save dog on tracks
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Gujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi hits out at Congress; says they oppose for sake of opposing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his campaign in Gujarat as he visits the state for two days. On Sunday, the prime minister addressed a rally in Bharuch, where he hailed his party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh’s civic polls.”We saw what happened to the Congress in the local elections. They were wiped out. Uttar Pradesh knows the Congress well, as does Gujarat,” the PM said.Maintaining that the BJP wave would decimate the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat elections, PM Modi lashed out at the Congress’ caste-based policies that have divided the nation for several years. “Congress is known for making people of different castes, communities fight among themselves,” the PM said.Also readGujarat people believe in vikaswaad, not caste-based politics: Amit Shah takes dig at CongressHe also said that the main problem with the Congress was that they opposed for the sake of opposing. “They oppose things like bullet train only because they could not take this initiative forward and are envious someone else is,” PM Modi said.He also spoke of how Congress leaders from the state fled to Bengaluru when there were floods in Gujarat. “They were trying to save a leader from losing the Rajya Sabha polls. That leader has done nothing for Bharuch or for the state,” the prime minister added.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi to be back for two days today, Rahul Gandhi on 5thPM Modi also played down the Congress’ claims that Muslim areas had not developed under the BJP rule. “Bharuch and Kutch are districts with significant Muslim populations. And, if you see the districts which developed rapidly under the BJP tenure in Gujarat, the names of these two districts figure prominently,” he said, adding that the law and order situation was poor in these districts when the Congress was in power. “At the time, violence was common. The BJP has changed this all over Gujarat,” he said.
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PM Modi, Vice President Naidu extend greetings on Milad-un-Nabi

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, saying that the teachings of Prophet Mohammad will continue to spread the message of peace.”My greetings to Muslim brethren on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi… His life and preachings will continue to inspire all to spread peace and happiness,” Naidu tweeted.In his message on Twitter, Modi said “may the teachings of Prophet Mohammad further the spirit of harmony in our society”.Milad-un-Nabi marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammad and is commemorated in the third month in the Islamic calendar.
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A dialogue with JC: Gujarat will be the barometer of changing mood of the nation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Q: Is the mood of the country really changing? Will Rahul Gandhi ever become alternative to Brand Narendra Modi?A: Not really… we can’t say this only on the basis of defeats in Gurdaspur and Chitrakoot…Yes the popularity graph of Modi has certainly dipped …crowd have thinned in election rallies but he is still the tallest leader in the country…as far as Rahul Gandhi becoming an alternative…it doesn’t look like he will become one till 2019…however, it is also the fact that politics is a game of possibilities…if Rahul is destined to become PM then it is possible…but it doesn’t look like happening in 2019. Q: Will all anti-BJP parties be able to form a coalition in Gujarat, the way they did in Bihar or will unity of opposition fall like pack of cards?A: The equation in Bihar was different. There all genuine and credible parties had joined hands…it’s altogether different in Gujarat….JDU is not in a position, NCP can’t bargain …there is straight fight between Congress and BJP. Q: Will BJP be able to realise its claims of winning 150 seats? Is anti-incumbency factor working there?A: Anti-incumbency factor is certainly working…BJP will perform well… but crossing the figure of 117 seats will be difficult… dream of 150 seats won’t be fulfilled.Q: Is Modi contesting election on the agenda of progress or are issues like Gujarati pride and Hindu-Muslim factor significant? A: Hardik Patel, demonetisation, GST are the factors…vote percentage will reduce…it will depend upon how much voting is done…BJP will not be able to cross vote share of 47%. Seven out of 10 people say that BJP will form the government…but politics is a game of possibilities…there are maximum chances that BJP forms the government. Modi has made progress an issue…official agenda is progress…unofficially Gujarati pride and Hindu-Muslim factors are also big issues…there is no guarantee that BJP will form government. Q: Will BJP again raise the issue of security of Hindu voters in this election? What will be the impact of video tape related to this issue?A: The achievement of BJP government is law and order…security of Hindu voters is the issue created by BJP…BJP has been encashing this issue… this time video has been run…in the video a girl is seen walking in front of mosque… no one knows, who has released this video… security of Hindu voters is being raised through this video.Q: After all why Rahul Gandhi is frequenting temples in Gujarat? is Congress adopting the agenda of soft Hindutva? A: Rahul is not able to understand what he should do… his advisers asked him to visit temples…in Shiva temple he said Shivji is my guide…Congress is trudging on soft Hindutva agenda.Q: Why Congress is not raising the issue of minorities and Gujarat riots? Is there any anger among Muslim voters on this issue? A: This is strategic move of Congress…not raising issues of Muslims…not picking up agenda of riots…last time the statement of Sonia Gandhi on ‘merchant of deaths’ cost Congress dearly…minorities want Modi’s defeat…there is unwritten understanding between Congress and minorities.Q: Will the issue of Vikas Pagal Ho Gaya hai (Progress has gone mad), which has gone viral on social media harm BJP or will it become yet another matter of joke among voters? A: This is just a joke…it’s strange that if time is not favourable even small things become big issues…this has made fun out of BJP’s agenda of progress…Modi has countered it with Yes I am Vikas…BJP has suffered a little bit from this.Q: Will Vijay Rupani remain contender for chief minister’s post from BJP or are there any dark horses in the field?A: It seems Vijay Rupani is the contender…there is no possibility of dark horse…he is close to Shah and Modi…he is also lucky for BJP… he is proving to be a good CM…he is attached to organisation…it is possible that Vijay becomes the next CM. However, Gujarat election is being fought on the faces of Modi-Shah…there is no need to announce any name. Q: What will be the role of Anandi Ben in this election? How much vulnerable is BJP from infighting and rebel candidates?A: Anandi Ben is a disciplined soldier…she is a staunch Modi supporter…Modi has always kept her side…Modi has always given her place on the stage…PM had tweeted in favour of Anandi Ben on her birthday…infighting prevails in every party…there have bee some cases in Godhra and Patan…those who have not been given tickets will not be able to cause any damage. Q: Will the Sex CD of Hardik Patel help the cause of BJP? What would be the impact of young voters of Gujarat?A: CD has damaged the image of Hardilk…one more CD has been created by editing…Youth have an open mind… one-third of population is youth…there is little damage to Hardik…how much BJP has gained, this we will come to know only when votes will be counted. Q: Will Hardik Patel, who keeps on changing his stand on the issue of reservation be able to stand by Congress till the end? How much stable is the alliance of Hardik and Rahul? A: This alliance is till elections…if a miracle happens and Congress forms the government then there could be disputes on many issues. Cabinet, reservation and court cases on Hardik would be the issues…alliance is temporary…this is a poll alliance. Q: How Rahul became more popular than Modi on social media? Whether it is any kind of management or expression of public anger?A: Whether it is managed by Congress or it is an expression of anger…difficult to say…Congress must have managed to an extent…social media can’t win elections…politics is a 24X7 job, it can’t be performed over tweet and retweet…elections cannot be contested on social media…whether Rahul can do it or not, only results will say. Q: How much the Jumla of ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ getting popular in electioneering in Gujarat? Is Rahul Gandhi really changing? A: Rahul has definitely changed…he doesn’t read out speech…there is consistency. Gabbar Singh Tax slogan has become a big rage…it is a popular Jumla of Rahul as a satire. Q: Is it the fact that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have donned the roles of CM and state party chief respectively in Gujarat? A: In Gujarat, the local leadership is not vast. That’s why it looks like that they have assume roles of chief minister and state party chief. Local team is giving good support. This is a satire. Q: Why Congress has made an issue of BJP’s campaign on ‘Pappu Rahul Gandhi’? Does the party really get benefited out of this?A: Congress has made it an issue without a ado. How do these words matter…Congress approached election commission…got the Pappu word removed…there was no need..how do words matter…public is sensible.Q: Are cloth merchants, jewellers and real estate businessmen of Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Surat still unhappy despite the GST relaxations given by Narendra Modi-Arun Jaitley-Amit Shah? A: There was anger among business community in Gujarat over demonetisation and GST…people have even said, “Hamari Bhool, kamal ka Phool”…there is no limit to appeasement if you go on doing…there has been some damage control after the relaxation…but how much, it can’t be said…or now appeasement after anger, how much is it translated into votes, is to be seen.Q: Why the road show of Yogi Adityanath flopped in Valsad? A: It was a big tragedy with Yogi. He is considered to be the third face…when he was doing roadshow no one was there…there was disappointment… why it happened…there are so many reasons…the management of show was not well. Yogi is not relevant for Gujarat or is it the erosion of craze for BJP..Q: What is the Rajasthan connection in Gujarat election?A: Rajasthan connection of Gujarat election is interesting…BJP in-charge of Gujarat is from Rajasthan…similarly in-charge of Congress, Ashok Gehlot is also from Rajasthan. In-charge of both the parties are from Rajasthan. Strategists are from Rajasthan.Q: What is the role of RSS in Gujarat? A: RSS is playing an active role in Gujarat…RSS is with Modi-Shah…it is a silver lining in dark clouds…RSS is known to deliver at the end. Q:Will Congress get a major boost in Gujarat elections if Rahul Gandhi is made the president? A: It is a big thing for Congress workers in Gujarat that Rahul Gandhi has dedicated himself to Gujarat elections…it will boost the morale of workers. Q: How do you look at Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi as party presidents? A: There is no comparison between Shah and Rahul…Shah has faced criminal case. Hence he knows every dirty trick of politics. Rahul can’t do all this. Shah has a better run rate…Rahul may have the strategy with him but there is no execution. There is no monitoring system with Rahul…Shah has got money and sources…Rahul doesn’t have. If Congress loses, the only weakness of the party will be that it created atmosphere but could not succeed in bringing voters to the booth. Q: What are the challenges before Rahul Gandhi as Congress president? A: The foremost challenge before Rahul Gandhi is three elections in 2018 (MP, Chhatisgarh and Karnataka) and 2019 Lok Sabha elections…second challenge is to take senior leaders in sync and third challenge would be to source money and resources. Q: Will there will be a transfer of political power after Rahul becomes the president or Sonia will have the remote control? A: After the annexation of Rahul Gandhi on December 5, it is to be seen in next few months whether political power is really transferred to Rahul… 80 per cent power will be transferred.. rest 20% senior leaders will be heard… ultimate remote will be in the hands of Sonia. Q: Will it be the end of Priyanka chapter in Congress after Rahul becomes the president?A: After the annexation of Rahul, Priyanka chapter will be closed for at least 2-3 years. There were many theories going on … the issue of leadership in the family has ended now…Rahul will only decide the policy and functioning of Congress. Q: On the issue of Rahul becoming the president of Congress, Yogi Adityanath has said that this will make BJP realise the dream of Congress free India in a much easier way? Do you also think so? A: BJP was not serious about the slogan of Congress free India. Yogi had said in a taunting way. Yogi himself is not serious. This is an impossible situation. This is a fantasy. This is just an imagination. Q: Why was there so much discussion in media over the luncheon of Rahul with Tejasvi?A: This is a world of social media. People tweeted about their lunch in Khan market…made it an issue…Rahul has returned the favour that Lalu family had done to Gandhi family. Lalu was the only one who sided with Sonia Gandhi on the issue of her being a foreign national. This was just a return of favour.Q: At the end, one question about Himachal Pradesh also. Is BJP forming government in Shimla? A: The story of Shimla is interesting…BJP will make government comfortably…history has it…Congress and BJP make governments alternatively…Once Congress…other time BJP…once Dhumal…other time Virbhadra. Shah made Nadda understand Dhumal has greater chance of winning. The rise of anti-incumbency factor is due to the achievement of Virbhadra. The government has spoken about giving jobs to 8 lakh people but was able to provide employment to only 75,000 people. Remaining 7.75 lakh people are left disgruntled. BJP will form the government there. It was viral on social media that Congress will get 38 seats…it doesn’t look like…but there can be miracle…if BJP loses then it can be concluded that the mood is changing in the country.

Delhi police employ less than 4% minority members: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite having a strength of around 80,000 personnel, the Delhi Police employs less than four per cent of members from minority communities in its ranks, according to a report by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC).The annual report, released by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, also shows that Muslims, the largest minority group in Delhi, form less than two per cent of the police force in the Capital.The report said the force has 1,388 Muslim personnel and 697 Christian personnel. It added that the Delhi Police employs just 856 Sikh personnel. “The Delhi Police has 1.79 per cent personnel from the Muslim community. In total, it has 3,035 personnel from minority communities who form 3.91 per cent of the total strength of the force,” the commission said in its report.In the report, the DMC has identified twelve departments and corporations of which members of the minority communities are a part. Apart from the police, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has a total of 26 members from minority communities which is the lowest among 12 departments and corporations.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employs 283 members from minority communities. However, the Directorate of Training tops the list at 13.33 per cent, followed by the Public Grievance Commission at 7.69 per cent and the Directorate General of Home Guards at 5.22 per cent.The report further flagged the scarcity of graveyards and cemeteries in the city due to the lack of availability of land. As per the report, at present, there are just 131 graveyards while at one point of time there were over 650 graveyards.With an increase in population, the problem has increased with graveyards being overtaken by buildings and other structures.According to the Census 2011, the Muslim Population in Delhi is 21,58,684, while the Christian population is 1,46,093.

Gujarat elections 2017: He who claims Saurashtra, Kutch, wins Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The battle for the 54 Assembly seats in Saurashtra and Kutch regions will have a significant bearing on the final outcome in the state polls. The Congress is looking for gains in the six seats in Kutch, with the BJP facing a stiff challenge to overcome anti-incumbency sentiments over issues such as complaints of shortage of water supply.What could also work in favour of the Congress, which has traditionally relied on its KHAM formula – (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim)- is that it could get a major chunk of the Muslim votes in Kutch. Four of the six seats – Abdasa, Anjar, Mandvi and the district headquarters Bhuj — have a sizeable population of Muslim voters.In Bhuj, where Muslims account for around a third of the voters, Congress has once again opted for a Muslim candidate, Adam B Chaki. In the 2012 polls, the party fielded Amirali Hajihushen Lodhiya, who lost out by around 9,000 votes to BJP’s Dr Nimaben Acharya.Chaki, a known face in the area, has been in the news earlier for filing several PILs against the state government in the High Court. One such PIL had opposed the move by the state government to enter into an agreement with the Adani Group to run the GK General Hospital, a civil hospital in Bhuj, and a medical college that would be affiliated to it.”There is massive resentment in Bhuj as there has been no developmental work in the past five years. The state of roads and drainage is extremely poor, and the biggest problem is shortage of drinking water supply. The Bhuj Bus Port is being developed in the city, and will only lead to further congestion. I have demanded that it be shifted. In 2006, Rs 21 crore was allocated for a new municipality office, as the one existing is 100 years old. Where did that money go? Moreover, the government hospital here is being handed over to a private player,” said Chaki.”There are around 1 lakh Muslim voters in Bhuj, and roughly around 3.5 lakh in Kutch. The mood of the Congress workers in Kutch is upbeat. We should be able to get five of the six seats in Kutch,” he added.Amid the flurry of activity in preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Bhuj slated for November 27, MLA Nimaben Acharya’s husband Dr Bhavesh Acharya, appeared confident that his wife would retain the seat.Brushing aside the issue of anti-incumbency, he said, “It does not matter what development has taken place here in the past five years. Anti-incumbency is not really a factor here. The Congress’ choice of candidate has ensured that the fight boils down to a question of votes cast along religious lines. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth.””ln the 2012 election, the Patel community cast around 29,000 votes. These were Swaminarayan Patels who are staunch Hindus, and since there is no Patel candidate here this time, these votes will come to us. Nimaben will also get the 3,000-odd votes that went to the GPP (Gujarat Parivartan Party) candidate in 2012,” he added.On the streets of Bhuj and it’s busy market areas though, a common refrain among locals is one about inadequate drinking water supply.”We get drinking water only once in five days, and have to spend money calling for water from tankers. This time, the BJP will have a tough fight from the Congress, as Chaki is known here. Many fence sitters might want to give him a chance to solve their problems,” said Dinesh Thakkar, a shopkeeper.”While the government says it has brought Narmada water to Kutch, it seems this water is only meant for industrialists. Congress has a good chance this time, but it must not bank only on Muslims to vote for it. The income of many Muslims has risen sharply since Modi ji began the annual Rann Utsav and brought tourists to the area,” said Vasant Joshi, a newspaper stall owner.An autorickshaw driver, Ismael Qureshi, said, “It’s 50-50 here between the BJP and the Congress. There has been no improvement at all in these five years. Look at the poor quality of roads, and there’s a serious shortage in drinking water supply.”

Kerala Love Jihad Case: Hadiya says she wasn’t forcefully converted, wants to live with her husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hadiya, the 25-year-old who’s at centre of a controversy over a case of alleged love jihad told reporters at Cochin Airport that she hadn’t been forcefully converted. She was quoted saying by NDTV: “I have not been forcefully converted. I want to live with my husband Sheffin Jahan.” Hadiya is on her way to New Delhi to appear in the Supreme Court on Monday. The 25-year-old is currently living with her parents who have alleged that her marriage to Muslim man was ‘forced’On October 30, the SC had said that Hadiya’s consent as an adult was ‘prime’, and her version of the story will be heard in the land’s apex court on November 27.
ALSO READ Kerala Love jihad case: SC refuses urgent hearing on Hadiya’s father’s plea for in-camera proceedingsEarlier, Sheffin Jahan, husband of Hadiya on Saturday filed a complaint with the Kottayam police stating that attempts are being made to reconvert his wife to Hinduism ahead of her appearance in the Supreme Court on Monday.Sheffin claimed that his wife was counselled by a religious teacher for over three hours on Thursday. Earlier on November 23, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted a status report in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court in connection with the case. Hadiya will appear in the top court on Monday.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ Case: SC says consent of woman is prime, asks father to produce Hadiya before it on Nov 27The 24-year-old Hadiya has been in the headlines after she became a Muslim following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. As of now, Hadiya is with her parents, who have alleged that her marriage to a Muslim man is a case of ‘love jihad’. The case is under the consideration of the apex court, which had ordered the NIA to look into it.On September 16, Jahan filed a plea in the Supreme Court and requested to call off the NIA probe, alleging that the investigation agency “is not being fair”. With inputs from ANI

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

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UP: Missionary school threatens to rusticate Muslim girl for wearing ‘hijab’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A missionary school in Bara Banki district of Uttar Pradesh has threatened to rusticate a class VII Muslim student for wearing ‘Hijab’ in the classroom.Studying in Anand Bhawan, a private school run by a missionary trust, the Muslim student had attended the school wearing ‘hijab’ ( a scarf worn by Muslim girls after attaining puberty) on Wednesday. The girl was not only admonished by the school management but warned to be rusticated from the school if she wore the scarf again.When the girl’s father Maulana Mohammed Raza Rizvi wrote a letter to the school management protesting their dictating religious reasons, he was advised to withdraw her daughter and make her study in a madarsa or any other Islamic School.“In Islam, it is mandatory for a girl to wear hijab to cover their head after attaining puberty. It was due to religious reasons my daughter wore the scarf. It is a minority institution and most of the teachers are Christians but even then they objected to my daughter wearing hijab,” said Rizvi.But the school management refused to entertain any plea from the parents and told the father that any girl wearing hijab will not be allowed to attend classes. “It should not be repeated again. If parents have any objections they may withdraw and admit their daughter in any Islamic school,” warned the School Principal Archana Thomas.The Principal clarified that the school has a strict dress code and the management cannot allow any student to wear anything other than the school dress. “I did not mean to disrespect anyone’s religion or force any student to seek admission in an Islamic school. We had only told the parents that if they have any objections to dress code of the school then they are free to withdraw their girl and get her admitted elsewhere,” clarified the Principal.Archana Thomas claimed that the dress code and all rules of the school are clearly written in Admission Form. “We admit student only after parents agree and sign to school rules and regulations written on the admission form,” said she.“If the girl’s parents are so adamant to violate the school dress code by sending their daughter wearing a scarf then they are free to withdraw her from the school,” warned the Principal.Agitated parents have lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, District Magistrate and district inspector of schools (DIOS) against the missionary school diktat. “The School order is against the Constitution which protects us to practice our religious rights. I will go to the court if the order is not withdrawn,” said Rizvi whose daughter has stopped going to the school after the row over hijab wearing.A similar hijab wearing row was reported in Lucknow about two years ago when management of St. Joseph School had objected to a Muslim girl wearing hijab in the classroom. The district administration had to intervene and the Muslim girl was finally allowed to wear hijab in the classroom.

Triple talaq: Women group want govt to focus on SC judgement awareness rather than criminalising it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bebaak Collective and Awaaz-E-Niswan, which raise the issues of rights in Muslim community, have raised objections to the introduction of a Triple Talaq bill in winter session of Parliament.According to them, the issue is a part of civil act and should not be considered as a criminal act. The organisation also stated that the government should focus on reaching out to the community to create awareness about the judgement passed by the Supreme Court (SC) on triple talaq issue. If the law comes into force, it will most adversely affect Muslim women.As per Awaaz-E-Niswan, before the SC judgement on Triple Talaq they received at least five to six triple talaq cases per month. After the SC judgement, the organisation is receiving one for two triple talaq cases in a month.Hasina Khan from Bebaak collective, said, “Out of the four cases received after the SC judgement, three of them were not aware about the judgement due to which we as an organisation appeals to the government to focus on spreading the awareness level in the community. In those three cases we had to make them aware about the judgement.”Since three months after the SC’s judgement, the women organisation have meeting Minority Affair Minister, Minority Commissioner, state women commission body to discuss the issue that no work is done by government to make the community aware about the judgement.”Triple Talaq should be considered in civil law and the dispute is also civil act. The government should reach out to the organisations working at the grass-root level so that objection and suggestions can be given from the community women who are facing the actual problem. The criminal law can’t be implemented on it. Triple Talaq is not a physical violence to criminalise it. We agree that the triple talaq should be invalid but not criminalized,” said Hasina Khan.Speaking about the issue they have with the bill to criminalise the Muslim men on triple talaq, the organisation stated that it will affect the women since she will be left without any support of her husband.One of the triple talaq victim, Zeenat Shaikh, added, “what will I do if my husband goes to jail? There should be a solution to punish him in a civil way rather than sending him to jail.”Anwari Khan, resident of Cheeta Camp, said, “If men are criminalized (sent to jail), then the government should also think of our maintenance. Many of the women are not educated and are housewife. How are they going to survive.”

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: NIA files status report in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The NIA has filed in the Supreme Court its status report on the ongoing probe in an alleged ‘love jihad’ case in which a Kerala-based woman had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man.The status report has been filed in a sealed cover as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would take up the case for hearing on November 27, when the woman would be brought before it for an interaction. The top court had on August this year directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman.Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The NIA had earlier alleged in the court that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported. It had alleged that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The apex court had yesterday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the woman’s father, who had urged that interaction with his daughter be conducted in-camera, while referring to the communally sensitive nature of the case and expressed apprehension that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family. The court had then said it would deal with the plea on November 27 itself when the woman is brought before it. The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Jahan was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS. This allegation was refuted by Jahan’s counsel.

DNA Edit: An end to triple Talaq?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Supreme Court coming down hard on the odious practice of triple talaq in the country, it seems that there hasn’t been much of a dent to the trend of men divorcing their wives by uttering ‘talaq’ three times. This social custom has some currency in certain pockets of the Muslim population in India, and is strongly present in sections that are strict adherents to the Hanafi Islamic school. It is no use blaming those who are following this oppressive norm. The real culprit, in this case, is a handful of fanatical maulvis who have been obstinately holding on to their myopic views and preaching it fervently to their flock. Sadly, the message they have been enunciating is of the Supreme Court (SC) interfering in their personal laws and robbing them of their way of life. Nothing can be farther from the truth. By banning triple talaq, the apex court has taken a momentous step forward in ensuring basic human dignity for Muslim women. Interestingly, this is not the first time the SC has stood up to secure the dignity of Muslim women in India. Way back in 1985, the court, via the Shah Bano judgement, set a new precedent not just on the duties of a Muslim husband to his wife, but also on the primacy of the uniform civil code over personal laws. In the Shah Bano case, an elderly Muslim man had appealed against an order of a lower court directing him to pay a paltry monthly maintenance of Rs 179.20 per month to his wife, Shah Bano. Taking the aegis of Muslim personal laws, the husband argued before the SC that he had fulfilled his duty as mandated under Islamic tenets by paying the wife maintenance for a period of three months.Naturally, the apex court saw red and held that Shah Bano was entitled to maintenance as long as she remained unmarried and was unable to maintain herself. What followed after the judgement can be counted as a major milestone in the long-winded journey of Congress’s hypocritical secularism. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi did a flip-flop and passed a law with the rock-bottom ambition of pacifying the toxic strain of Islamic conservatism at the cost of basic human rights of divorced women. The Muslim Women (Protection on Divorce Act), 1986 overturned the Shah Bano judgment and Congress scored a political brownie point. Meanwhile, the condition of life of the Muslim women continued to worsen further. Unlike the earlier government, the present regime values all-round development on the twin promises of progress and prosperity over appeasing vote banks for electoral gains. After the triple talaq judgement, the Central government has stepped up to the task and a bill outlawing the custom is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament. Once the bill is adopted, the next challenge for the government will be to ensure effective implementation of the law. At this stage, sociological trends must be scanned thoroughly to zero in on areas where this practice is most prevalent. Slowly and steadily, the law will work as a deterrent, effectively liberating Muslim women from the yoke of societal harassment.

Caught on Camera: Woman forced by UP police to remove ‘burqa’ at Yogi Adityanath’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim woman at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rally in Ballia on Tuesday was seen removing her burqa on police orders.In a video posted by ANI, the woman is seen taking off her full-covered Islamic veil after being asked by a lady police officer.The woman, who is a BJP worker, did not know why she was asked to remove the burqa, according to a Zee News report.However, the district police chief said they were not informed about the incident and will look closely into the matter.”I have not been informed of any incident where a woman was asked to take off her burqa. However, everyone had the instructions to see that no one shows black cloth to Yogi ji. Whatever you are mentioning will be probed and action will be taken,” said Anil Kumar, Balia SP.The incident happened three days after black flags were waved in UP Chief Minister’s Meerut’s rally ahead of local bodies’ election. Earlier, black coloured t-shirts and shirts were banned in a CM’s rally. The district administration did not allow anyone wearing black T-shirts in an attempt to stop black flags being raised Meanwhile, the local bodies’ election in Uttar Pradesh’s 24 districts is underway. The polling will be done in three phase – November 22, November 26 and November 29.

Ayodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Wakq Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Wakq Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Wakq Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.”The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “WaseemRizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson.Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Wakq Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgment in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.THE FORMULAAccording to its affidavit, UPSCWB has agreed to surrender the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.

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Basic needs top the list, voters fume

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vatva (43) constituency came into existence after delimitation in 2008. Since then, it has seen just one election to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2012. It has one of the state’s largest industrial estates and the voters here are mostly workers, farmers and small-time businessmen.Just as you enter Vatva, the four-lane road converts into a narrow, two-lane one, something that hurts residents the most. Their demands are pretty basic — roads, sewage, cleanliness, affordable education and medical services.One typical complaint is that power (electricity) is very costly and bills have risen disproportionately. “We have basic electrical equipments like fans and tubelights but we get bills of Rs 1,600 for two months,” said a homemaker in a Muslim dominated locality. Muslims make for one of the largest voting segments but they complain that their names don’t feature in the voters’ list at the time of casting votes. “Voting is just a setting. Entire societies find no mention in the list. What is the point in mentioning our problems?” said a Muslim resident unwilling to divulge his identity. He complains that Muslim areas are neglected in terms of basic civic amenities.This sentiment is echoed in Thakor-dominated localities, who are loyal to the Congress, “Be it a ration shop, AMTS bus service, primary schools, medical services, anganvadis, street lights or even roads, our area has been neglected. The road was built when we had a Congress corporator. Since then, no roads have been made,” said Vikramsinh Thakor.Another major concern expressed by residents is the sale of illicit liquor in the area, whose representative in the Legislative Assembly is a Minister of State for Home. Residents complain of high handedness if people want to raise their voice on any issues. “We have to invite a BJP leader for Garba or else we will not be allowed to perform. The police will force us to stop,” said Thakor.OBC leader Alpesh Thakor is popular among the Thakors. They say say that Thakor is fighting for the larger cause and his impact will be significant in the elections. However, a young rikshaw driver is disappointed that Alpesh had joined politics against his earlier stand on remaining apolitical.He said that local representative Pradeepsinh has built roads and underpasses as well as other development projects in the constituency.Vatva is famous for having one of the largest industrial estates in the state. Set up in 1968, it is spread over 527 hectares and home to close to 2,500 industrial units covering sectors like chemicals, dyes, dye intermediaries, engineering, food, pharmaceuticals, foundries, plastic and rubber among others. Till recently its annual turnover was estimated at Rs 10,000 crore with exports worth Rs 3,000 crore. It provides jobs to about 1.2 lakh people. However, locals say that many industries have shut down and youths rendered jobless.The area also has 12 villages where the predominant occupation is farming. A farmer Ravji Thakor said that he got only Rs 200-225 per 20 kg of paddy. Compared to this, farmers got Rs 335 per kg 10 years ago.PREVIOUS ELECTIONSYear: 2012Total voters then: 2,68,700BJPPradeepsinh JadejaVotes95,580CongressAtul PatelVotes48,648Victory margin46,932VATVA CONSTITUENCY – 2017Total Voters: 2,91,000* (*According to latest data it is estimated at 3.18 lakh)VOTERSFemale Voters: 1.34 lakhMale Voters: 1.57 lakhCASTE-WISE BREAK-UPPatel: 55,000Muslims: 53,000Thakor: 30,000Dalit: 30,000From Hindi belt: 30,000Panchal: 22,000Prajapati: 18,000Kshatriya: 15,000Brahmin: 7,000Jain: 3,000Others 30,000MAJOR AREAS IN THE CONSTITUENCYVatva, Ramol, Vastral, Hathijan, Vivekanagar, Adinathnagar, Jantanagar and 12 villagesMAJOR ISSUESROADSWATER SUPPLYHEALTHEDUCATIONLIQUOR DENSGARBAGEMUNICIPAL BUS SERVICESWHAT VOTERS HAVE TO SAYThe roads in most parts is narrow and uneven. Often commuters use the internal roads of the society as city roads. This puts our children at risk while playing outside. Inadequate water supply is a major issue. In many areas, garbage keeps piling but it is not disposed by the authorities.Salmabanu Pathan: homemakerWater supply is slow and inadequate. People fall sick because of lack of cleanliness. There is flooding during monsoon. Things have become costlier. Price of an LPG cylinder has almost doubled. Price of vegetables is going through the roof. Electricity bills have risen disproportionately.Sayrabanu Saiyad: homemakerWe do not get enough water. The force is inadequate. Shop-keepers are harassed by authorities and penalised. We are fined for garbage that flies to our shops. You do not have control over wind. Also the fine is not uniform. Sometimes it is Rs 500, and sometimes even Rs 1,000 or Rs 2,000.Kaushal Ajmera: College pass outI have been trying to enroll my relatives into the voter list since 2014. But till now, they have not been included in electoral rolls. I visit the concerned authorities multiple times and do what I am told but nothing has happened. If we, as citizens of India, cannot vote, what is the use of all these elections. If the authorities have sent our cards for distribution, those responsible are not handing over to rightful owners.Surendrasinh Rana: former government employeeStreet lights are not functional in dark, resulting in thefts, the sewage overflows resulting in diseases. Sale of country liquor is a major issue. For the poor, it results in unwanted expenditure as income is very low. Sometimes it results in law and order issues. We are not sending our daughters out alone even during daytime. Even for the males, we do not send them alone after it is dark.Kailashben Thakor, former corporator, AMCRoads are uneven and inadequate. The area does not have enough banks. GST has been a big blow to my business. Industries have been hit and other businessmen too. So we have curbed expenditures. Our sales have dipped by 30 per cent after GST.Vishnubhai Patel, shop ownerInspite of our request for a drainage network in the industrial estate about 25 years ago, there is no network even now. There is a plan, but it is only on paper. Vatva Industrial Estate was declared as critically polluted and there were curbs on expansion, but even after the ban was lifted, industries are not allowed to expand operations.Ankit Patel, President, Vatva Industries AssociationWHAT LEADERS HAVE TO SAYBJP has not done development work in regions, which do not vote for it. The roads remain dusty. The city bus service is also inadequate. The health services and primary schools are grossly inadequate compared to the population and kids have to go to areas like Narol for kindergarten. BJP has created an atmosphere of fear among those who do not toe its line.Bipin Patel, likely Congress candidateWe have conducted development works to the tune of Rs 400 crore in Vatva. We will continue to work for peace and safety of the people. I will put all my efforts as I am renominated for the constituency. Vatva is a developed area. The Metro will begin from here. We will develop the eastern part of the city on the lines of the western parts. We will also develop the rural areas.Pradipsinh Jadeja, BJP candidate for Vatva and Minister of State for Home.

Gujarat elections 2017: Fading out: Is the Muslim card losing relevance?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Everything changes with time, be it political scenarios or places. Equations and strategies also take a different shape with it. This could not have been a truer statement where the vote bank politics in the state is concerned.Developments in the past three decades have reshaped it in a huge way. The cash rich and socially powerful community is demanding a lion’s share share in power, whereas Muslims, who constitute 9.67 per cent of the population have been marginalised in the Assembly.The Congress claims to be secular and has been known to be generous with the Muslims. There was a time when it would field at least 12 to 15 Muslim candidates. Now it has started allotting tickets to hardly five. This is not the only reason for the dwindling Muslim representation in the Assembly. There was a time when people from other communities and religions were candidates, as society was not vertically divided as it is today. Even with seats like Thasara, Gandhinagar, Balasinor, Palitana, Muslim candidates have been elected to the Assembly, where Muslims were thin in number.Political analysts say that after 1985, society was polarised. Major events like Ram Rathyatra, Babri demolition, post demolition riots in 1992, Godhra carnage and 2002 riots and Sachar committee report added fuel. Voters from before 1985 were voting for Muslim candidates because they committed to the society and their services were appreciated. That has become a thing of the past.Sociologist Parvez Abbasi’s experience says that voters have started losing faith in their elected leaders as they never represented them in the Assembly. They lost the connect with the grass roots. This is happening with all representatives. Now, representatives have created an elitist club for them after getting elected. If representatives were honestly taking up issues Patidars would not be on agitating on streets. Same is the complaint of members of the minority community. Caste or religion are used only for vote banks.Abbasi believes that numbers of representative don’t help much, it is qualitative representations and government intention that helps a community progress and grow. If representatives are elected in good numbers, but the party is in opposition, it will have zero impact, especially in a time when the ruling party members are also alleging of not being heard.Taking this ahead, BJP’s Muslim face Zafar Sareshwala alleges that Congress always loved the vote bank and not the Muslims. They were giving tickets to Muslim candidates so there were more representatives in the Assembly, whereas BJP never made bone of it.He added that the Sachar Committee report says that Muslims never progressed in the Congress regime, whereas there were fewer representatives in the Assembly in the past 16 years, but the community progressed a lot.Refuting these claims and allegations, Congress’ minority community cell chairman Gulabkhan Rauma said that the Congress was the only party that gave a platform to Muslims in the state. During the Congress regime, the community never had to complain about scholarships not released or funds not allotted for restoration of religious places, which was common during the BJP regime.According to Gulabkhan, the minority cell never represented a party for a ticket. When an aspiring candidate demands a ticket, the party gives it to him if it feels that he or she will win it. The fact is that the number of Muslim representatives has gone down because of polarisation in the society. The BJP is responsible for it.The other reason given for the declining numbers of Muslim representatives in the Assembly is delimitation. There has been a consistent effort to reduce Muslim presence in the society and government by bureaucrats to ensure that Muslim dominance in a constituency is reduced, said Congress councillor Shahnawaz Abdul Rehman Shaikh.He claimed that there were 25 seats in the state, in which Muslims have 40 to 50 per cent vote share. In 68 seats, Muslim vote share is 10 to 12 per cent. Yet their numbers is on a decline.Disagreeing with this argument, BJP leader Sareshwala said that numbers do not make a difference. Citing an example, he stated that from 2012-17, in the UP Assembly, there were 73 MLAs from the community, but the status of Muslims in the state was the worst. It is important that no one should be used, abused or discriminated.Endorsing the view, BJP’s minority cell chairman Sufi MK Chisty said, though there is no Muslim from his party yet, in the past one and half decades, Muslims have progressed in the state. He claimed that the per capita income of the community has increased, so has the literacy rate. Employment has also grown.Notably, the polarisation is to such an extent that the Congress is now hesitating to give tickets to Muslims even for constituency which has a sizeable population of the community, for example in Kalupur, Bharuch, Godhra, Surat (west & east), Somnath and Jamnagar. Hindus have got tickets for these seats.Disagreeing with this fact, Congress’ Kutch leader Adam Chaki said, it was the win that counted. In Kutch, Muslims voters are concentrated in Bhuj, Abdasa, Mandvi, Gandhidham and Anjar seat. In 1998, a ticket was allotted to Ibrahim Ishaq and he won the seat. So tickets were given to Muslim candidates for the Bhuj seat in 2012 and Abdasa in 2002.THINNING NUMBERSThere was a time when voters elected Muslim candidates from Wankaner, Jamnagar, Kalupur, Jamalpur, Gandhinagar, Godhra, Thasara, Bharuch and Surat (west). With time, polarisation and delimitation brought the number down and now, Muslims are elected from Wankaner, Jamalpur, Kalupur, Dariyarpur, Vagra. The Congress is also very selective on fielding Muslim candidates. Even with seats like Kalupur, Surat (west) and Bharuch, Muslim candidates don’t get tickets now.MUSLIM POPULATION20019.06 %20119.67 %2011Rural5.9 %Urban14.75 %MUSLIM MLAs1980919859199021995119985200232007520122

Gujarat Elections 2017: Video with alleged communal overtone goes viral, EC orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat chief electoral officer has ordered a probe by the police into the emergence of a video clip whose content is alleged to be aimed at spreading hatred against Muslims “to polarise votes” in the poll-bound state.”We have taken cognisance of the matter after learning about it from the media. The matter has been taken very seriously at all levels. The police have been asked to investigate. The cyber crime department will investigate the matter,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) B B Swain said today.He said the district election officers (DEOs) have been asked to be careful about the poll code violation on social media platforms and address the matter immediately.”We have asked all DEOs to be very careful. Apart from looking into the expenditure part, the teams have also been asked to look into MCC (Model Code of Conduct) violation and initiate due action,” the CEO told PTI.The 1.15 minute-long clip, which begins in Gujarati, shows a girl hurrying back to home through a deserted locality with ‘azaan’ (a Muslim call to prayer) playing in the background. The clip ends with a line that reads, “Our vote, our safety.”Nobody has claimed responsibility for making and circulating the video clip, which has been doing rounds on social media.An advocate had written to the CEO, the cyber crime cell of the Ahmedabad Police and the Election Commission with a request to ban the video clip and take action against those responsible for its creation and circulation.In his letter, advocate Govind Parmar of Human Rights Law Network had written that the video attempts to spread hatred by whipping up fear towards the Muslim community with an attempt to polarise votes.He also sought action against the persons behind the video clip under section 153(A) – promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion – of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act.

8 youth held for trespassing yellow zone near Ram bhoomi

The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late on Friday night, eight Muslim youth from Rajasthan were arrested in Ayodhya after they tried to force their entry through the no-entry zone — known as yellow zone — at around 2 pm.The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain, all aged between 20-30 years and residents of Nagaur district in Rajasthan.After multiple identity cards were found on their person, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) interrogated the arrested persons and sought their details from Rajasthan police.”They were moving in a suspicious manner near a sensitive barrier of Ram Janmabhoomi complex. No one is allowed to enter or go near that barrier,” said an ATS officer.Moreover, timings for entry to the disputed complex for ‘darshan’ of Ram at the makeshift temple are fixed. “How these people went up to the barrier near Katra Police station is a matter of concern and investigation,” added the ATS officer.It was the same gate from where four Pak-trained terrorists had forced entry into the complex in 1995.

Farooq Abdullah does it again, slams BJP with ‘aur kitne Pakistan’ jibe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is known for his acerbic words and on Saturday hid did it again.Addressing a gathering in Jammu, he lashed out at the ruling BJP.He said that there are some BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh who threaten the Muslims that if they don’t vote for them, they will face consequences.“Ye Hindustan tumhare baap ka nahi (This country is not your father’s) This country belongs to everyone, be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. They can choose their candidate, it’s their right.”“You can’t force or threaten people. And if you think you will continue with your threatening ways that do remember that this is how you made one Pakistan. Aur kitne Pakistan banaoge (How many Pakistans will you make). How many more pieces will you cut India into,” Abdullah roared.Unfazed by the recent criticism of his Pakistan occupied Kashmir remarks, he reiterated, “Yes, I say it (PoK) belongs to them (Pakistan). Are they (Pakistan) wearing bangles? They also have atom bombs! Do you want us to be killed by them? You are sitting in palaces, think about the poor people living in border areas, who are bombed daily.”On Friday, a sedition case was filed against the National Conference Chief for his PoK remarks.Last week, in a shocking statement, Abdullah had said that PoK belongs to Pakistan. “The part which is with Pakistan belongs to Pakistan and this is India’s part,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI. He had also said that India must accede to Kashmir’s autonomy, “ the government (must) conclude that an autonomy will be given to us as well as them (PoK).”

Tough battle, tougher task in hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s winter pollution is making headlines all over the country, but for residents of Danilimda, it is a yearly issue, and a major one at that.Danilimda has the city’s own garbage hill — Pirana. Forty years of garbage dumping has made the dumpsite look more like a small range of three hills, each more than 100 feet high. A backward area with a growing population, the area needs a revamp, and breathing space.This is the den for illegal activities with migrants from Bangladesh residing here for a long time.Congress’s Dalit candidate Shailesh Parmar won the people’s mandate in 2012, beating BJP’s Girush Parmar, again a Dalit ledaer. Girish is himself a former Congress leader who had once defeated the BJP. He turned rebel when he was denied the newly formed Danilimda constituency. The battle will be interesting this year, as the area has hardly seen any development.Slum dwellers, illegal migrants, illegal chemical factories, health issues, and garbage plague the people living in this area. It life in the primitive age in a smart, heritage city.Sitting MLA Shailesh Parmar claims that he has done many things for the area, like installing streetlights, RCC roads, and drainage lines, while his opponent said that all this was actually done by the BJPIn 2012, the main battle were between Shailesh and Girish. However, Shailesh won by a margin of 10.37 per cent of votes. The area has mixed population of Muslim, Dalit, Rabari, and few vote shares of Brahmins, Vaniyas and Patels.Shailesh Parmar said that 90 per cent of the societies in his area had RCC roads. Other than the Rs 1 crore he had in his MLA fund, he utilised his MP fund too for developmental work. “We have made RCC roads, streetlights, improved the drainage network. Barel market, which is newly developed, has given basic amenities like street lights, water connection and others,” said Shailesh Parmar, MLA Danilimda.Girish Parmar said that he had plans to develop the area beautify it if he wins. “Many illegal activities are going on around the dumpsite. People need basic amenities,” he said.For 2017, there are 227 polling booths in the area.DANILIMDA (SC)Population: Over 3 lakhVoters: 201451Male: 106412Female: 95039CASTE-WISE BREAK-UP OF VOTERSMuslim: 98,000SC: 67,000Patel: 9,000Rabari 5,000mix population: 15,000(all figures are approx)MAJOR AREAS OF THE CONSTITUENCYGomatipurBehrampuraShahalamDanilimdaA part of Narol crossroadsSome parts of JuhapuraA newly made constituency from Shaher Kotda.VOTER TURNOUT IN 201268.47%WHO WON IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION2012 INC Shailesh Parmar, Victory margin73,573 KEY ISSUESGARBAGEHEALTHPOLLUTED WATERDRAINAGESLUMSLIKELY CANDIDATESGirish Parmar – BJPShailesh Parmar – INCWHAT PARTY LEADERS HAVE TO SAY1) Shailesh Parmar, MLA, INCDanilimda sarwa is made of lower and middle class voters. In the past five years, the area got a police station, an urban health center, an English medium school, and a community hall. With the installation of drainage lines, flooding during monsoon has been under control. We made a water tank in this area to cater to the needs of people.2. Girish Parmar, BJPIn the past five years, Shailesh Parmar has done not done anything for the community or for the area. A solution to Pirana is the first priority. There are many illegal activities, specially illegal chemical factories — around 324 — dumping their affluent into the river. We are working towards a proper solution for Pirana and other pollution issues in the area.WHAT VOTERS HAVE TO SAY1. Girish Parmar, studentGarbage and pollution are the two main issues in this area which are causing other health complications. Also, we don’t have pure drinking water. In terms of infrastructure, some of the pockets of the constituency has roads. But the area is still an underdeveloped one.2. Zaheer Derdiwala, businessmanThis area has a mixed population, with a Muslim majority. We can say that this part of Ahmedabad is excluded from modern infrastructure. There is a constant issue with water, which needs to be addressed. We get the support from local political leaders whenever we ask, but need strong action for a makeover.3. Irfan Sipai, mobile technicianPoliticians and matters of development are only discussed when elections are around. We are satisfied with whatever we have in our area. There is no expectation from the elected people, other than to provide proper basic facilities. Waterlogging during monsoon is a major problem which needs to be fixed. Just because the area is belongs to the poor, their issues go unanswered most of the time.4) Rehana Ansari, home makerI am living in this areas for a long time. All I worry about is my kids’ future. This area has so much pollution, which brings health complications. I am concerned about the living conditions here as there is a perpetua; smog most of the time. The politicians and the system needs to take quick action.5) Nazma Panara, home makerWe have an English medium school in our area, but still need more. We need some vocational training centers so that people can acquire livelihood skills. People need vocational or professional training for overall upliftment.

Porbandar is a prestige issue for BJP and Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For BJP and Congress, it is a fight for prestige in the Porbandar Assembly constituency over the restoration of the city’s status as Paris of the Saurashtra region and its marketing within and outside India as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.For a change, there is no talk of quota for Patidars or demonetization. But traders cite fall in business after the rollout of GST and submit that BJP needs to bring in further changes to arrest fall in its rating.BJP, which had won the seat in 2012 poll, lists out a number of steps initiated by the government to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and keep its Paris status intact. However, the Congress blames the state government and local administration for the poor state of roads, sewage disposal and holding them responsible for surge in pollution. Both, however, agree that both Porbandar and Paris are magical lands of love and beauty and the architecture is of contemporary age. But they differ in their approach.As far as the city’s importance as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace goes, BJP puts the onus on the Congress for doing little for the preservation of its status while in power in the state and at the Centre. On its part, the Congress claims that the BJP has been using the names of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to gain political mileage.This apart, both parties have stepped up efforts to lure politically decisive Other Backward Communities (OBCs), including Kolis and Kharva, Meher and also the Muslim community to win the seat in the ensuing election.The Congress wants to cash in on resentment within the Kharva community over the issue of grant of subsidy in a time-bound manner and lack of substantial development in fishing infrastructure. On the other hand, the BJP is projecting the steps taken by the government for the fishing community, which includes launch of development of port terminal with the investment of Rs 15 crore, construction of jetty, reinstatement of subsidies and introduction of few more.Khimjibhai Motivaras, the BJP’s Porbandar city president, who comes from the Kharva community, told DNA, “Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a ‘parachute’ leader who lacks knowledge of grassroots and, therefore, his party is engaged in luring the Kharva community and fisherfolks in general by neglecting the good work done by the state government. They will vote for the BJP and the party will retain its hold in Porbandar and also in the state.’’Kiritbhai Morwadia, BJP’s OBC cell chief, said of the 146 OBC, 36 communities are in Porbandar alone, and he has been holding everyday workshops for members of two castes to mobilise support.However, Congress leader Ramdevbhai Modhwadia counters BJP’s claims, saying that the Kharva community by and large is angry with the party for its neglect, while members of Meher and other castes from OBC want a change and they will vote for Congress.

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