User: Iram Topic: Muslim Women
Category: Veiling Practices
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Conservative women of Kashmir's mini Afghanistan break taboo, gives vote a chance 25.11.2014 DNA: Popular News
In Kashmir's `mini-Afghanistan', women are breaking the taboo to make their voices heard by their vote. Pushtun women, who have traditionally been reticent and prefer to move only in purdah (veil), are breaking the barriers and coming out to exercise their franchise that has all along been the domain of their male counterparts. Nearly two centuries ago, a large number of Pashtuns migrated to Kashmir and settled in half a dozen villages of Kangan constituency of Ganderbal district. Despite living alongside Kashmiris, the Pashtuns have maintained their cultural identity and that is why this area is named as Chotta (mini) Afghanistan.. Segregation of the genders is still a norm and most of the women folk observe purdah in these hamlets. Girls' education is still below the average and the working women are still elusive in this neighbourhood. Things however are changing now. A large number of women voters thronged the polling booths on Tuesday to cast their vote marking a new beginning in this culturally ...
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Dutch court orders provisional release of woman rescued from Isis by mother 25.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Aicha, a 19-year-old Muslim convert who travelled to Syria to marry fighter, had been detained pending possible terror charges

A Dutch court has ordered the provisional release of a young woman detained after her mother rescued her from Syria, where she had married an Islamic State (Isis) fighter.

“The judge has decided to free Aicha if she adheres to certain conditions,” the regional court in Limburg said on Tuesday.

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Nigeria 2 female bombers kill 30 in Maiduguri 25.11.2014 Hindustan Times: Top Stories
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigerias northeastern city of Maiduguri killing at least 30 people according to witnesses and a security ...
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Nigeria: 2 female bombers kill 30 in Maiduguri 25.11.2014 CNN-IBN: World
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official.
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Mulayam calls veil system an evil tradition, says it should end 17.11.2014 CNN-IBN: India
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday kicked up a controversy by dubbing the practice of "purdah" (veil) as an "evil tradition", saying it should be scrapped as it hindered progress of women.
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'Purdah' system an evil tradition, says Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav 17.11.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday kicked up a controversy by dubbing the practice of "purdah" (veil) as an "evil tradition", saying it should be scrapped as it hindered progress of women. "This system did not exist in the distant past. Did Sita or Draupadi ever don a veil? Some circumstances cropped up later because of which women had to use veil," he said at a national convention organised by SP's women wing at the party office in Lucknow.  "We have to work to remove inferiority complex in women. The 'purdah system' is a wrong tradition and should be eradicated," he said. "Now women have donned uniform. It is time for you to decide about this veil system...Such evil traditions should end," he said. The SP chief said socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia had always advocated equal participation of women in all spheres of life. Yadav said that in the present time women should be given equal opportunity and they should march shoulder to shoulder with men folk. He regretted that women were ...
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The Fall misogyny in a veil of classiness? | Rachel Cooke 16.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Well written and acted it may be, but the TV drama has a disturbing tendency to prurience The BBC website that enables journalists to watch shows before they are screened warns television critics that their reviews should be spoiler-free. But in the case of The Fall, Allan Cubitt s controversial serial killer drama, the second series of which began on BBC2 last Thursday, what, really, is there to spoil? Am I giving anything away if I tell you that this weeks episode Ive just watched it in the interests of fairness begins with a shot in which DS Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is dressed in an empire-line nightdress and a flapping silk dressing gown straight out of the latest campaign for Dior? Or that this is followed by a scene in which she stands in the shower, the water flowing over her face over her parted lips in close-up? Or that a section of the ensuing dialogue is concerned with the sexual fantasies of schoolgirls? Or that at one point we get a good, long glimpse of the tight-cheeked backside of ...
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Qaeda chiefs wifes letter translated to Bengali 14.11.2014 Hindustan Times: India
Intelligence officers in West Bengal have stumbled upon a Bengali leaflet written by al Qaeda chiefs wife highlighting how women can serve the cause of ...
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Wearing burqa while cleaning streets not against Islam: Qazi 10.11.2014 DNA: Wide Angle
City Qazi on Monday said wearing burqas while cleaning the streets is not against the tenets of Islam, after objections were raised by a few members of the community. Yesterday, about a dozen women wearing burqas had sweeped and removed garbage from the streets in Dhaknapurva colony of Babupurva area, taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'. But some youths from the colony raised an objection to it and they took the matter to Shehar-e-Qazi Alam Raza Noori. "A woman cleaning the streets while wearing a veil is not against the tenets of Islam. It is important to keep the surroundings clean and if a Muslim woman is doing it, it is a good deed and she should not be stopped from doing so," Alam Raza Noori said. Report India PTI Kanpur Monday, 10 November 2014 - ...
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Scapegoating immigrants is the oldest trick in the book 7.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
It is bizarre that some people think immigrants are a threat to something called Christian Britain (whatever that is) Just behind the trendy restaurants and tattoo parlours of Londons Exmouth Market lies the architecturally undistinguished presence of Taylor House, home to a number of Londons many immigration and asylum courts. As in an airport departure lounge, you enter via a metal detector and body scan and sit in serried ranks on cheap fixed chairs like motorway service stations used to have. Anxiety is locked on the faces of those waiting for judgment. Three distinguished-looking gentlemen sit upright, looking straight ahead, each sporting a chestful of medals. I cannot tell the expression of the woman in the niqab, but her two small boys have brown eyes that dart around the room trying to accustom themselves to this intimidating world of faceless bureaucracy. A blind, Turkish-looking man is helped into court by his nephew. Amid the general hubbub, lawyers back into the corners of the room to create ...
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Rula Ghani, the woman making waves as Afghanistans new first lady 6.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The wife of president Ashraf Ghani has surprised many Afghans by speaking out on women and internally displaced people

When Ashraf Ghani gave his inaugural speech as he entered Afghanistans presidential palace in September, he did something few people expected of their countrys new leader he praised the work of his wife Rula, and thanked her for her support.

The former president Hamid Karzai never appeared in public with his wife during his 10 years in office. Now, Ghani was proclaiming that his spouse would wield political influence. Three weeks ago, she began making good on that promise, and set up an office in the palace to advise on how to improve conditions for the countrys at least 750,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).

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Shia Muslims chanting down with Isis join Ashura procession in Sydney 4.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

March participants play down prospect of sectarian tensions a day after a Muslim leader was shot outside a Sydney Islamic centre

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New York, Paris Dubai. Why the desert mall is the height of couture 2.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
It attracts 80 million shoppers spending £3bn a year but its never been seen as cool. Until last week, when Vogue went to the Gulf Continue reading...
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Afghan first lady backs French veil ban 1.11.2014 Hindustan Times: World
Afghanistans cosmopolitan new first lady has backed Frances controversial ban on the niqab comparing the full veil to blinders as she prepares to campaign for more respect for women in her conservative adopted ...
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African cinema: the five best political films 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists

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Iranian women and the hijab, the persistent stereotype - video 27.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

A documentary explores the complex relationship of women with Islam in their society, still as contentious as ever

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Anti-burqa protesters try to enter parliament wearing Ku Klux Klan hood, motorbike helmet and niqab 27.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Three men from Faceless group asked to remove head coverings in stunt labelled so hurtful to Muslim women in Australia

Three anti-burqa protesters have attempted to enter the Australian parliament dressed variously in a Ku Klux Klan hood, a motorbike helmet and a niqab.

The men, members of group called Faceless which has previously protested at other public buildings, cleared the front entrance security checkpoint on Monday, but were asked to remove their head coverings and stayed in the front hall area for only a short time.

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Tony Abbott puts GST rise back on agenda - parliament live 27.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Tony Abbott urges reform of the federation and the tax base - putting a higher GST back into the mix as parliament returns for another week. Follow it live...

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Burdwan blast accused members of Bangladesh terror outfit: NIA 25.10.2014 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
The National Investigation Agency said the accused persons arrested in the
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Burdwan bombs meant for Bangladesh says NIA 24.10.2014 Hindustan Times: Top Stories
The NIA on Friday said the accused persons arrested in the Burdwan blast case and their associates were members of terror group JamaatulMujahideen Bangladesh who were preparing IEDs for transporting them to that country for possible terror ...
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