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Varanasi Weavers facing starvation death PDF Print E-mail
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Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) got information from its associated Human Rights Defender Aftab Alam being threaten by the village head of Bhatti, as he highlighted the issue malnutrition, tuberculosis and hunger death in the Lohta locality of Dhannipur(Bhatti), weaver dominated area of Kashi Vidyapith Block of Varanasi district in India.

Aftab Alam son of late Shamshuddin is permanent resident of Dharmariya (Lohta), Kashi Vidyapith block of Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Aftab Alam is weaver. He is associated Human Rights activist in Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and currently working as consultant fellow on education in the project funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and is elected member of Block Development Committee (BDC).

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Muslim names being deleted from voters' list in MP: Aslam PDF Print E-mail
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Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Congress Media Committee chairman Aslam Sher Khan today said that names of many Muslims were being deleted from the voters' list ahead of the civic polls in the state. He urged the BJP government to ensure that the coming civic polls were held in a free and fair manner.

Aslam told reporters that there were apprehensions that the BJP might indulge in malpractices to win the elections and asked the ruling party to desist from them. He said that in many areas, names of Muslims were being deleted from the voters' lists as it was thought that they would never vote for the BJP. Aslam, a former hockey Olympian said that names of 1,260 Muslims had been deleted from the voters list from ward number 20 in Bhopal.

He said that similar complaints had also been received from other parts of the state including Indore and Ujjain. The Congress leader warned the BJP not to do anything that would make Madhya Pradesh go the Gujarat way.

PTI, October 13, 2009

 
Muslims women protest ‘purdah’ misuse by criminals PDF Print E-mail
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Muslim women in PurdahCHENNAI: The Bhuvaneswari arrest and ‘confession’ soap opera seems to be unending. And the stage appears to be the City Police Commissioner’s office, with the media in full attendance.  On Tuesday, it was the turn of a group of Muslim women activists of the Indian Tauheed Jamaat to troop into the CoP’s office and protest against the ‘purdah’ cover given to television artiste Bhuvaneswari while she was being brought to the police station. The actress was arrested recently for allegedly indulging in prostitution.

In a petition to the Police Commissioner, T Rajendran, the Jamaat activists said the ‘purdah’ was considered as a sacred and dignified garment by the Muslims worldwide. Bhuvaneswari, who was accused in a prostitution case, appeared in this traditional dress while being taken to the police station and this had hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community in the State.

It had become customary for those involved in the flesh racket and other crimes to hide behind the ‘purdah,’the Jamaat claimed,  and appealed to the police not to allow the practice in future. Jamaat activist Masuda Alima told the media that the police must openly bring in the criminals so that the world could see them.

Masuda warned that the Jamaat would launch a massive agitation if the ‘purdah’ was misused by the criminals. On Monday, Kollywood stars had descended on the CoP’s office to protest against Bhuvaneswari’s ‘confession’ that several actresses were involved in prostitution.

R. Guhambika, 07 Oct 2009, ExpresBuzz.COM

 
Mumbai school issues fatwa against Henna PDF Print E-mail
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A muslim girl with HennaMUMBAI: A city school allegedly meted out corporal punishment, straight from the Middle Ages, to a 12-year-old  Muslim girl for coming to school with mehndi on her hands. Tinha Kausar, a Class VII student at Little Angels High School, Sion, who had applied henna (mehndi) on the occasion of Eid, has accused the school of making her sit outside the principal’s office on the cold stone floor facing a toilet for over six hours, for breaking school rules that prohibit jewellery and Henna (mehndi).

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Christian victims recalling fascist attacks in Mangalore PDF Print E-mail
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Hindu extremistsIt has been a year since the traumatic events of attacks on places of worship that sent shock waves in the entire Christian community in Karnataka especially in the coastal districts of Udupi and Mangalore.  A year has passed but the sad memories of that Black Sunday and the vandalism and mayhem that followed lingers on in the minds of all Christians.  The fear psychosis particularly the brutality of the police force still haunts the Christians, who are unable to come out of the terror inflicted on them.  Just when everyone thought all is well the desecration of the St Francis De Sal church this week in  Bangalore has once again opened the wounds of the past creating panic, fear, uncertainty and confusion among the Christians. The latest attack on the church has occurred just a day after the churches across Karnataka came together to form the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights with the sole objective of promoting unity among churches and to protect and promote human rights and peace in the community. 

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