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South African Indian Muslim women come out in support of 'Hijab' PDF Print E-mail
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Muslim women demand hijabJohannesburg, Sep 7 (PTI) Hundreds of Indian Muslim women here have come out in support of Muslim women's right to wear 'Hijab,' a traditional headgear, worldwide. Over 500 women visitors pledged their support for an international campaign asserting Islamic tradition of wearing Hijab during a live broadcast by the Johannesburg-based radio service Channel Islam International (CII) in the mainly Indian area of Lenasia over the weekend. Muslims across the world are protesting against a ban on 'Hijab' in France. The CII gave a free scarf to every woman who voiced her support to the campaign.

"Although we are fortunate to have strong constitutional support for the rights of Muslim women in South Africa to wear the Hijab, it is surprising that countries with supposedly far longer democracies are now denying this right to the extent that innocent Muslim women are now coming under attack," CII Director Ashraf Seedat told PTI.


 
Rape detection kits in Delhi hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Delhi High CourtThe Delhi High Court directed the Central and Delhi Government to have rape detection medical kits in all hospitals to ensure a proper check-up of victims of incest. After High Court directions which said there should be a Crisis Intervention Centre and Rape Crisis Cell to attend calls of the victims and provide them counseling and legal advice, the Delhi Commission for Women(DCW) sought the Court’s intervention to direct all hospitals, police stations and also judicial magistrates to cooperate with such victims.

Arguing before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan, DCW chief Ms Aparna Bhat told the Court that since the accused get away due to lack of evidence, hospitals should have a proper check up of such victims to maintain evidence and prove crime.

‘DCW has developed small kits and forensic kits equipped to collect evidences of sexual assault. Only few hospitals in the capital have such kits while others still do not know how to use it,’Ms Aparna told the Court.

There were complaints that investigators and prosecutors of such crimes, whose incidence has gone up sharply in recent times, often acted insensitively, particularly when dealing with child victims, Ms Bhat told the court.

Standing counsel for Delhi Government, Ms Mukta Gupta, told the Court that more than 13 hospitals in the capital were now equipped with such kits and others will soon have it.

UNI9/3/2009

 
Delhi slum women hail a taxi to equality PDF Print E-mail
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NEW DELHI — A battered housewife, a Muslim widow and an illiterate mother of four are among a group of Indian women looking to carve out a living by breaking into the male preserve of New Delhi taxi drivers. Hailing from some of the poorest quarters of the Indian capital, they are part of plans to launch the city's first radio taxi-service run by women, in time for the October 2010 Commonwealth Games. The project is the brainchild of Meenu Vadera of the Azad Foundation, a voluntary group that works with disadvantaged women whose employment prospects -- if they exist at all -- are usually limited to the world of domestic help.

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In Kashmir too, rape used as war weapon PDF Print E-mail
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The attack on the fairer sex especially the rape has always been used as a war weapon in the conflict areas and Indian administered Kashmir has not remain immune from such an atrocious practice. Hundreds of rape incidents have taken place in the IaK after the eruption of armed rebellion in 1989. The latest rape incident took place on May 29/30 in Shopian, some 55 kms South of summer capital Srinagar. 17-year-old Asiya and her 22-year old sister-in-law Neelofar were raped and killed allegedly by men in  uniform.

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Andhra unsafe for women? PDF Print E-mail
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Indian style toiletAccording to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Andhra Pradesh has one of the country’s highest rates of crimes against women. While the state has been in the news for a series of acid attacks on women, the state commission for women claims that Andhra tops in sexual harassment cases at the workplace, especially in government offices and the IT sector. The Commission received 28 cases of harassment at workplaces, mostly in government departments, between March 1 and July 31, 2009. Between January and July 31 this year, 17 acid attack cases occurred in the state.

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