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21 Sept. 2016: 18 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:162
Muslim women body moves Supreme Court supporting triple talaq
New Delhi: At a time when the Centre has yet to make its stand clear before the Supreme Court on the practice of triple talaq, a voluntary organisation -- Muslim Women Welfare Organisation – on Tuesday filed a plea supporting the age-old practice. The Muslim Women’s Welfare Organisation, a Delhi-based organisation, filed the plea through advocate, MR Shamshad, saying so far as the divorce is concerned the Muslim women have equal right the way men have.Concurring the stand taken by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), it said that with regard to divorce, the Muslim women have much stronger rights than Muslim men which is called ‘Khula’.“The right of Muslim men to Triple Talaq is a balancing act to the right of Muslim women to Khula. If the Triple Talaq is struck down, it would affect the free will of Muslim women as well”. For polygamy, it said a woman can seek divorce under the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act.3 women have already moved SC against triple talaq saying the practice is discriminatory and violates their fundamental rights.Referring to the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, the women’s organisation said so as far as practice of polygamy is concerned, Section 2 (viii) of the Act sufficient.A woman can make polygamy as a ground of divorce if husband does not treat her equitably in accordance with the injunctions of the Quran.“Thus, it is inappropriate to say that Muslim women are meted out with cruelty when their husbands bring second wife and they are left without any remedy. Further, the rights of Muslim women are protected by virtue of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act.Earlier, the SC had sought a reply from the govt on the issue. The court is likely to hear the case sometime next week.DNA India
Women's group to implead in oral triple talaq case
Hyderabad: A city based Muslim women's organisation is all set to implead in cases at the Supreme Court pertaining to the controversial provision of oral triple talaq and gender discrimination faced by Muslim women.Muslim Mahila Research Kendra (MMRK), headed by Dr Asma Zehra who was involved in the rehabilitation of victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, has sought to implead in the cases maintaining that Muslim personal laws are not the domain of the judiciary. The stand comes across as the opposite of what some other Muslim groups have been demanding - the abolition of oral triple talaq.Talaaq issue has been totally misunderstood by both Muslims and Non-Muslims."We have already filed relevant paperwork to implead in the cases. We believe that personal laws are not the domain of courts of law. Experts and scholars of Islam should decide cases of oral triple talaq," Dr Zehra said. Terming the movement against oral triple talaq a "propaganda against Muslim community," she said, "legislation against oral triple talaq is not the solution. A social reform is required. The safety of women is required." Launching a salvo against other Muslim women groups who are against oral triple talaq, she claimed that they do not have requisite knowledge of Quran, hadith (tradition of Prophet) and lacked expertise on the subject. Dr Zehra, who is also a member of the AIMPLB, further said that neither the judiciary nor the legislature can choose and pick which parts of the Muslim personal law to retain or remove. "They (judiciary and legislature) have to respect all schools of thoughts and religions. AIMPLB is a body which represents all makaatib-e-fikr (schools of thought) of Islam," she said. She claimed that countries, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, where oral triple talaq is not permitted, should not be cited as an example as there are other laws working in conjunction with others. Muslim Family Laws Ordinance in Pakistan provides that all marriages be registered which is largely not seen in India, she said.MMRK has embarked on a signature campaign which seeks to make a case that Muslim women are safe and content with Muslim personal laws and are against any interference in the Sharia, which includes the introduction of a Uniform Civil Code.timesofindia
Unauthorised talaqs are rampant in Tamil Nadu, PIL in Madras HC claims
Chennai: A PIL has brought to light the functioning of several hundred 'courts' run by advocates and religious heads at many mosques in Tamil Nadu, including one on Anna Salai in Chennai. Calling them kangaroo courts that follow neither sharia nor regular law, the PIL said hundreds of divorces are granted whimsically. They dabbled with property disputes too, it said. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan has issued notices to the Tamil Nadu home secretary, the director general of police and the Chennai city commissioner of police on the matter.When the PIL, filed by Abdur Rahman, an MBA holder from UK, came up for admission on Wednesday,his senior counsel A Sirajudeen said it had been filed to safeguard the interests of a large number of innocent Muslims who were silently suffering because of the functioning of Makka Masjid Shariat Council and similar forums across the state."Because of illegal functioning of the council, the family systems of a number of Muslim families have collapsed and hundreds of spouses suffer the ignominy of separation because of their poverty," the PIL said.TOI
Acquitted in Akshardham attack, Chand Khan is now jailed for ‘cow slaughter’
Lucknow: Chand Khan alias Shan Khan spent 11 years in jail in the 2002 Akshardham temple attack case before the Supreme Court in 2014 acquitted him along with five others. Two years after he walked free, Khan has landed in jail again, this time for alleged cow slaughter.In July 2006, a trial court had sentenced Khan to death in the Akshardham case and the Gujarat High Court had upheld the sentence. In May 2014, after the Supreme Court acquitted Khan and the others, he walked out of Sabarmati Jail and went back to his family in Bareilly. But since June this year, Khan has been in Pilibhit district jail after a case under the Cow Slaughter Act was filed against him at Beesalpur police station in Pilibhit. According to police, on June 15, sub-inspector Shyam Singh Yadav, who was leading a vehicle inspection drive, stopped a car at Nawadiya Sitarganj locality in the Beesalpur police station area. The police, who claim to have recovered 500 kg of beef, arrested three persons — Shan Khan, Ateeq and Faizan, all residents of Kakartola in Bareilly — and registered a case against them under the Cow Slaughter Act. Police also seized the Maruti Zen in which the accused were travelling. While police claimed that Khan did not tell them that he also went by the name Chand Khan and that he had been arrested in the Akshardham case, his family alleged that police were falsely implicating him and that his “background” had come to haunt him. Top sources in Gujarat police, however, confirmed Khan’s identity. Khalid Shaikh, who represented Khan in the Ahmedabad trial court, said the court convicted him of helping the two terrorists “by bringing them to Ahmedabad and taking them around the city”.“However, the Supreme Court acquitted him of all those charges by trashing the prosecution case and saying it did not have sufficient corroborative evidence. Court also did not approve of the confessional statements recorded under POTA (repealed in 2004),” Shaikh said. indianexpress
SC asks Registry to list plea seeking Governor's rule in Kashmir for early hearing
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked its Registry to consider listing a pending plea filed by J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader Bhim Singh seeking imposition of Governor's rule in the troubled state, for early hearing. " SC Registry may give an early date of hearing," a bench comprising Justices AR Dave and L Nageswara Rao said when senior advocate and JKNPP leader mentioned the matter seeking its hearing."Petition has now been listed for hearing in Dec. Whole of Kashmir is on fire. I am seeking early hearing," Singh said. The SC, on 26 Aug, had said that Singh may visit Srinagar to assess the "ground reality" there.PTI 
Pakistan PM’s ‘important’ UNGA speech today
Srinagar:Pak PM Nawaz Sharif will address the UN General Assembly session today reports said adding he is expected to highlight the “core issue” of Kashmir besides other issues. He is expected to brief the world body and the international community about serious human rights situation in Kashmir and the need to resolve the longstanding dispute, Pak media said. On the sidelines of the UN GS session, Pak PM will have 3 bilateral meetings. He is scheduled to meet Chinese PM Li Keqiang, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Rising Kashmir
OIC Kashmir meet finds support from Turkey, Azerbaijan
New Delhi: OIC contact group on J&K which held a special meet at New York, did not take note of the attack in Uri. Official sources however told The Hindu that they have noted the strong support that Turkey and Azerbaijan extended to Pakistan during the meet which called for “cessation of violence” in Kashmir.The meeting was attended by the member countries of OIC where Pakistan was represented by Sartaj Aziz, Advisor on Foreign Affairs of PM Nawaz Sharif.Ministry of External Affairs is yet to formally respond to the staunch support extended by Turkey and Azerbaijan to Pakistan during the meet which criticised India.“Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey expressed grave concern at the deteriorating situation in the Indian occupied J&K. They also expressed serious concern at the serious human rights violations perpetrated by India against the innocent Kashmiris. Foreign Minister of Turkey emphasized the urgency of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, especially in the wake of the recent events,”(sic) said Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and added, “Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan stated that OIC should think of innovative means to highlight the human rights violations happening in the Indian occupied Kashmir”. Turkey’s support to Pakistan’s high decibel campaign is a surprise especially since Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu paid a visit to India in August and held extensive discussion on common areas of concern. Azerbaijan’s support to Pakistan’s position also raised eyebrows as India maintained regular diplomatic contact with the country and sent out the Secretary (West) Sujata Mehta to the oil rich country in July.thehindu
Arresting of J&K Jamaat leaders continue,3 more detained
Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami J&K Wednesday vehemently condemned the arrest of its leader Mujahid Shabir Falahi of Tral and others by govt forces and termed these arrests as unfair and unjustified. Its media statement, said police and SOG forces detained Jama’at leader Mujahid Shabir Ahmad Falahi before noon, who was on way to home and another Jama’at associate Tajamul Islam Mir of Gulshan-Pora Tral was also arrested at Tral. Tajamul, an associate of Jama’at was erstwhile harassed by police and SOG at many occasions, the statement said. It is pertinent that police had earlier raided the house of Mujahid Shabir Falahi at Kamla Tral on the intervening night of 19th and 20th August, wherein forces fired bullets and pellets indiscriminately on his 85 year old father and mother resulting in severe injuries of the duo. Risingkashmir
Now, Khurram Parvez booked under Public Safety Act
Srinagar:A day after a local court ordered his release, Jammu-Kashmir govt has slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) against prominent human rights activist Khurram Parvez and decided to shift him to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu. “We were informed by the police that Khurram has been booked under PSA,” said a member of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society. Khurram is the coordinator of the civil society group. indianexpress
43 persons arrested in past 24 hours; situation under control in Kashmir: Police
Srinagar:According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, there was no curfew in the Valley except under the areas of three police stations in Srinagar. “Police arrested 43 individuals found involved in stopping/disrupting the traffic, damaging vehicles, public property and creating disruption in opening of shops,” the statement said. greaterkashmir
 Kashmir: Curfew remains in force in some parts, 75th day of shutdown
NIA begins gathering evidence from Uri attack, to investigate insider role too
New Delhi: As investigators gather evidence from the rummage left after the Uri attacks, the NIA plans to conduct DNA test from samples of the 4 slain militants who were buried near the attack site on Monday.NIA which registered an FIR on Tuesday said that the DNA samples will be the key in helping them identify the Pakistani nationals like in the Pathankot case. The reports will be used to pressure Pakistan internationally. Officials said their photographs would be shown to JeM cadre lodged in jails to zero-in on their identities. Agency sources said NIA would adopt a 2-pronged strategy to investigate the case: One to find out how Army lines were breached and whether there were any insiders passing on crucial information to the enemy. The second would be investigation into the perpetrators of the attack. It is possible that the militants received local support using which they managed to gain entry into the airbase by cutting the barbed wire, the official added. "We are examining all possibilities and role of an insider cannot be ruled out," said a senior NIA official adding that the four militants had some local support that may have been arranged by their handlers. Army has also set up an inquiry into the lapses and to study gaps in securing the base.TOI
 ‘Lost hut to 2002 riots, now son to gau rakshaks’
Ahmedabad: In 2002 riots, Merajbanu Mew reportedly lost her house, which was burnt to the ground. Last week, she lost her son, who was allegedly assaulted by some “2002 riots gutted my house, and now cow vigilantes have taken away my son,” she said on Tuesday.Merajbanu’s son Mohammed Ayyub, 29, was beaten up, allegedly by a group of cow vigilantes, on Sept.12 night, on the eve of Bakr Eid. He died in hospital four days later. Police said two calves were found from Ayyub’s car, one of which died on the spot. Police filed three FIRs: against unnamed people for attempt to murder (turned into a case of murder following Ayyub’s death); the second against Ayyub and one Samir Shaikh, who was in the car, under laws dealing with cruelty to animals; and the traffic police lodged the third FIR against Ayub for rash driving. With the family protesting,investigation was handed over to Ahmedabad DCB. Deepan Bhadran, DCP , said detailed investigation is on and it is “premature to say anything”. Indianexpress
Communal strife erupts in Giridih, 25 named in FIR
Dhanbad: Giridih police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against 25-30 identified persons and more than 50 unnamed persons in connection with a clash between two groups during immersion of the idol of Vishwakarma near Hutti bazaar under town police station late on Monday. The incident took place just about 150 meters from the town police station.More than two dozen people from both sides were injured after a group of anti-social elements started pelting stones on the immersion procession. The situation soon turned violent and senior district officials, including DC Umashankar Singh, SP AB Variar and other officials, had to intervene to bring the situation under control. timesofindia
RSS-affiliated organisation ropes in Una victims to flag off rath yatra for dalits
New Delhi: With the dalit protest movement that took off from Una in Gujarat gathering momentum since, building up in other states like poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, targeting the ruling BJP and RSS, the party and the Sangh are working on ways to diffuse the phenomenon and co-opt some of the key people involved with it.RSS-affiliated, Bharatiya Baudha Sangh has tried to rope-in the four young men who were brutally flogged in Una by cow vigilantes and publicly humiliated. The four men have been convinced to flag-off a rath yatra for dalit outreach from Delhi that will be headed for UP, before assembly elections early next year. timesofindia
Bijnor clash: BJP worker named in case, police probe role
Lucknow:Investigation into last week’s clash in Bijnor district, in which three people were killed and 12 others sustained injuries, has revealed that a local BJP worker, along with a private gunner of a local businessman, was present at the spot when the firing took place, police said Tuesday.“We have got video clippings and evidence that prove that BJP worker Aishwarya Choudhary and his two associates — local businessman Arun Kawadi and his private gunner— were present at the spot. We are verifying their roles,” Bijnor SP Umesh Srivastava said.City Kotwali police Station House Officer Rishi Ram Katheria said, “Besides the video footage showing Aishwarya Choudhary at the clash spot, we have also collected call detail records of his mobile phone which confirm that he was present at Pedda village when the clash occurred.”Choudhary is an active member of the party, said BJP’s Bijnor district president Rajeev Sisodia.Till now, 11 people have been arrested for the firing and the police are planning to move court to seek the order for attachment of properties of the remaining 16 absconding accused, said the SP. indianexpress
Mumbai housing cooperative society backtracks, won't stop Muslim family from buying flat
The housing cooperative which had tried to stop a Muslim family from buying a flat has will no try longer to so, on Saturday.This comes after an FIR was filed against 11 members of a cooperative housing society in neighbouring Vasai, after a Muslim family was allegedly denied a flat there. dnaindia
Gujarat: Muslims barred from garba events in Bharuch
Surat: The organisers of two garba events in Gujarat’s Bharuch district have decided not to allow Muslims at the venue after protests from the VHP. The Bharuch unit of the VHP opposed two garba events which also have Muslims as their organisers. The VHP members handed over a memorandum to district collector, seeking to ban Muslims at the event over “security” and “law and order” issues. The organisers of the first event, a real estate group which also has a Muslim partner, Tuesday said it will check the identity of ticket seekers for the event which is scheduled to be held in October. The real estate group’s partners include: Jaydeepsinh Raj, Jasu Patel and Asif Patel. They are organising a mega garba event at Dudhara dairy ground in Bharuch. Among those invited to the nine-day event, “Raas-e-Bharuch”, include actors Jackie Shroff and Zarine Khan. Indianexpress
Cabinet approves scrapping railway budget and merging it with general budget
New Delhi: Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of the general budget with the railway budget. The high-level meeting in which the decision was taken was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State(PMO) Jitendra Singh. While the railway minister will no longer present the budget, the process for preparing the budget will remain the same. Both budgets will be presented by the finance minister in Parliament. indianexpress
India Successfully Test Fires Surface-To-Air Missile Developed With Israel
Balasore,Odisha: In a bid to galvanise its air defence capabilities, India today successfully test fired a new, long range surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off Odisha coast.The long range missile, a product of a joint venture between India and Israel, was test launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur near Balasore at around 10:13 hours, a DRDO official said.The trial was successful and some more rounds of test are expected to be conducted shortly, the DRDO scientist said.PTI
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan sent to judicial custody in sexual harassment case
New Delhi: Refusing to grant police custody, a Delhi court on Wednesday sent AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, arrested in connection with a sexual harassment case filed against him by his sister-in-law, to judicial custody till Thursday. Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat remanded the legislator to judicial custody after he filed a bail application, which would be heard on Thursday.Police sought two days custody of Khan, who was arrested Wednesday afternoon, saying he was required to be interrogated. The court, however, refused to grant police custody for the time-being and sent him to jail for a day.Police said Khan was called to join investigation at the office of DCP (Southeast) and was arrested on charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation.However, Khan tweeted claiming he was called for a “general discussion” at the DCP office but was arrested. He had alleged that he was “being framed by the police” which is “under pressure” to arrest him.PTI
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Bihar: Wanted shooter Mohammad Kaif surrenders, sent to 14 days judicial custody
New Delhi: Wanted shooter Mohammad Kaif was sent to 14 days judicial custody after he surrendered before a Siwan court on Wednesday. Kaif created trouble for the ruling JD(U)-RJD govt  in Bihar after his pictures with Shahbuddin and other RJD leaders went viral. Kaif had earlier said that he has been “framed” and there is a “political conspiracy” to “malign” his character.Indianexpress
AMU Students' Union election cancelled
Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University today cancelled the election to the varsity's Students' Union, which was scheduled to be held on September 27, citing "disturbing situation" due to the participation of expelled students and "criminals" during the poll campaign. The decision to cancel the election was taken at a specially convened meeting of the university's Executive Council in view of the "extraordinary situation" which had developed during the campaigning in the past few days, AMU Registrar Professor Asfar Ali Khan said in an official notification."A disturbing situation has developed following the participation of expelled students, criminals and non-students during the campaign. There are also reports that contestants and their supporters have been making forcible entries with vehicles into the Women's College and other Halls of residence and classrooms," the notification said. "There are reports of blatant violation of the AMU Students' Union amended regulations 2012, which are based on the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee," it said. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah told PTI, "I had decided to hold the elections despite misgivings in some quarters because I am deeply committed to the functioning of the Students' Union. PTI
Eminent Urdu Jouranlist Anees Jamaie passes away
New Delhi: Eminent Urdu Journalist and former head of the United News of India, Urdu service Anees Jamaie passed away here today after protracted illness. He was suffering from kidney ailment. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His mortal remains were laid to rest at Batla House graveyard here amid tearful adieu by scores of mourners, including Maulana Syed Ahmad Bukhari of the Jama Masjid. Many senior editors of Urdu dailies, social workers and people from different walks took part in the funeral procession. UNI
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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood stands hopeful to win between 20-30 seats in new parliament: Al Jazeera
Amman - For Dima Tahboub, 40, a candidate of the Islamic Action Front party, IAF, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Movement, Jordan needs a stronger parliament that can reflect people's concerns and frustrations. Tahboub is a member of an electoral coalition called the "National Coalition for Reform" that includes - besides Islamists like herself - Jordanian nationalists, Christians and members of other minority groups. "Our Coalition will work to express the best interests of the public, not certain interest groups," Tahboub said. "We will be in line with the national agendas of the people of Jordan," added Tahboub during an interview with Al Jazeera at her house in al-Rasheed neighbourhood of Amman last week.The coalition is fielding 120 candidates across the kingdom including 19 women.Of 1,293 candidates competing for 130 seats in Jordan's parliament, 82 percent are non-partisan. The Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist parties, while making a strong showing, have been fractured into smaller groups.This year, Jordan made significant changes to its electoral law, replacing a controversial one-person-one-vote system with a list-based system designed to encourage political parties. The new law requires voters to pick from among pre-set lists of candidates - a system that could encourage stronger organising between candidates on ideological or party-based grounds.But Tahboub says the changes have made the law all the more complicated both for voters and even candidates. "The current election law is designed by the govt  so as not to give any political group any majority seats in the parliament," she explained. "This law, just like previous election laws, were made so confusing and complicated that no one - including some of those running for elections - understands them."The resulting votes, Tahboub added, will be calculated in various electoral districts based on complicated mathematical equations and certain calculations to determine who will win a seat in the next parliament.Tahboub, a longtime advocate of women rights, voiced opposition to the quota system and wants women to compete on their own merit rather than being allocated one seat per province.Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the IAF,  is known to be the most organised opposition movement, with a well-oiled political machine lacking in other political groups.The current election law is designed by the govt  so as not to give any political group any majority seats in the parliament. This law, just like previous election laws, were made so confusing and complicated that no one understands it even some of those running for election.
Illegal mosques to be demolished in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Yangon: A senior govt  official in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State has pledged to tear down all illegally constructed  uildings including mosques and Muslim religious schools, according to a report Wednesday.More than 3,000 structures including 12 mosques and 35 madrasas (religious schools) built without permission from local authorities in the majority Muslim townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung in Rakine’s north are facing demolition, the local Voice Daily newspaper reported.Rakhine’s security and border affairs minister, Col. Htein Linn, was quoted as saying, “we are working to bring down the mosques and other buildings constructed without permission in accordance with the law.”Anadolu Agency
New air raid kills several medical workers, insurgents near Aleppo
An air raid carried out overnight by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed four medical workers and at least nine rebel fighters near Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday.The raid hit the town of Khan Touman southwest of Aleppo city, an area controlled by insurgents. The British-based Observatory said the rebels killed were from the Islamist alliance Jaish al-Fatah.The medical staff killed were working for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), it said. UOSSM confirmed in a statement that four of its staff had been killed. Middleeastmonitor
Turkey: Bid to storm Israeli embassy in Ankara foiled
An assailant armed with a knife tried to attack the Israeli embassy in Turkey on Wednesday but was shot before he reached the building, Israel's foreign ministry said."A man approached the embassy with a knife and was shot by a local guard. Everyone on our side is safe," foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement."The assailant was wounded in the foot. We don't know if he was attacking police officers or the embassy itself."He added that the assailant reached the "outer perimeter" of the embassy, but said the incident was still being investigated.Turkish media reported two people tried to enter the tightly guarded embassy, with employees taking refuge in a shelter.Initial reports said at least one person was killed, but this was not confirmed. Aljazeera

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