Muslim clerics question court order on permitting women inside Haji Ali

New Delhi : Muslim clerics on Friday questioned the Bombay High Court verdict allowing entry of women up to the restricted grave area of the Haji Ali Dargah, asserting that while they respect the court, the ruling goes against Islam.

Bombay HC permits women inside Haji Ali dargah

Mumbai : In a historic verdict, the Bombay High Court on Friday permitted the entry of women up to the restricted grave area of the famous Haji Ali Dargah, located on the rocks off the Worli seashore.

The ruling by a division bench comprising Justice V.M. Kanade and Mohite Revati-Dhere came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman in November 2014.

Ablutions an embarrassing chore for women in flood-hit Bihar

By Imran Khan

Maner/Danapur (Bihar) : Coping with hunger and homelessness in flood-hit Bihar is a task in itself but for women, there is an additional embarrassing chore -- relieving themselves in the open.

Doing so in the open was manageable while they were in the comfort zone of their villages, but not so at the three relief camps the state government has opened here. Neither is the situation any better for those who have stayed back as they have had to shift to rooftops and other higher ground, where privacy is at a premium.


Cabinet approves bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2016, that seeks to prohibit "commercial surrogacy" and allow "ethical altruistic surrogacy" only to needy infertile married couples.

Terming commercial surrogacy as "kokh ka vyapar" (trade of womb), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who headed the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to look into the matter of surrogacy, said it was becoming a "fashion and a trend" to produce children through surrogacy by "those who do not want to put their wives in pain".

Nirbhaya Trust launches 'I feel safe' app in Hyderabad

Hyderabad : Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, set in remembrance of the Delhi December 16, 2012 gang rape victim, here on Tuesday launched the "I feel safe" mobile application aimed at ensuring women's safety.

Her parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi launched the app, a personal safety application for smartphone users developed in association with Mobile Standards Alliance of India, at an event held at the Indian School of Business here.


Human Rights group concerned over falling Uttarakhand child-sex ratio; complains to NHRC

By TCN News,

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), in a recent report titled, ‘The State of Female Foeticide in Uttarakhand’ has found that the child sex ratio i.e. number of girls per 100 boys in Uttarakhand is set to fall drastically to a little over 800 by the 2021 census.

ACHR has also filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India to address findings in the report.

The report was based on figures from the Annual Health Survey (AHS), conducted by the registrar general and the census commissioner of India.

The role of women in the Kashmir uprising

By Bilal A. Malik for Twocircles.net

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind awards four including Ram Puniyani for promoting communal harmony

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind conferred Sadbhavana Award upon four persons for their outstanding work in the field of communal harmony during its inaugural session of 15-day nationwide campaign for conveying message of peace and humanity.

The session was held in New Delhi and saw intellectuals and leaders from various religions speak about over the growing communalisation in the country and ways of restoring harmony.

Saudi men lobby for remarriages of widows, divorcees

Riyadh : A group of Saudi men have formed a society to promote remarriages of widows and divorcees within the existing system of polygamy in Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Sunday.

There are more than two million unmarried women, including widows and divorcees, in Saudi Arabia. Under the Saudi laws, these women are allowed to remarry, but the practice is not common.

Doctors, engineers, religious scholars and university professors are among the 100 founders of the new society, in which eight per cent of overall members are women, Xinhua news agency reported.

UP announces Rani Laxmi Bai award for Sakshi Malik

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government will honour Sakshi Malik, the first woman Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics, with the coveted Rani Laxmi Bai award.

This was announced by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday at a Raksha Bandhan ceremony in the state capital. He said Sakshi has made the nation proud by winning bronze at the Rio Olympics.

Akhilesh said: "I, on behalf of the state of Uttar Pradesh, congratulate her on this momentous occasion."