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Church role in Kudankulam protests merits wider probe
Feb 29, 2012 The crackdown on four NGOs on the charge that they diverted foreign funds intended for social development activities to anti-nuclear protests in Kudankulam has focussed the spotlight on the activities of church-based NGOs in southern Tamil Nadu, says Venky Vembu, Senior Editor, Firstpost.
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To veil or not to veil
Aug 05, 2010 The ‘burqa’ ban in public places by the French Government is a misinterpretation of the ‘empowerment of Muslim women’, argues Sayeeda Hameed, Member Planning Commission, India. To veil or not to veil should be a free choice, she says.
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After Bangalore, Chennai too sees exodus
Aug 17, 2012 South India — which has never seen non-locals fleeing the region for fear of their lives — continued to witness the unprecedented exodus of citizens from the Northeast on Thursday, with thousands from Chennai too rushing to the railway station to take the train home.
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Another Hindu girl in Pak forced to convert to Islam: report
Jul 02, 2012 Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), quoting reports, said that every month in the Sindh province of Pakistan more than 200 girls from the religious minority groups are forced to marry after their abduction, and when perpetrators are caught or police reports are filed, the culprits use fictitious marriage certificates from Muslim seminaries, which are generally followed by the courts.
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Bangladeshi migrants reducing: Assam Chief Minister
Aug 02, 2012 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that illegal migration from Bangladesh to Assam had lessened but not stopped altogether. He was referring to the recent riots after which the opposition parties had alleged that the ethnic violence took place because of settlers from Bangladesh.
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Talks to repatriate Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu
Aug 02, 2012 The Sri Lankan government plans to initiate bilateral consultations with India with regard to the issue of repatriating Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu.
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Beijing calls Dalai Lama a dangerous 'splittist'
Nov 09, 2009 Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received a rousing welcome by thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters on Sunday, when he arrived at Tawang, a Buddhist enclave in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The trip has renewed tensions between China and India.
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Violence against Christians continues in eastern India
Oct 01, 2008 India’s prime minister may have declared violence against Christians a national shame, the discomforting fact is that perpetrators continue to spread terror among the docile minority community. Everyone must unite in foiling the diabolical agenda of those who want to divide this country on communal lines.
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Mothers unite to save their sons
Oct 03, 2008 Indian Muslims today live in fear of being branded as terrorists. Traumatised by either their sons turning to militancy or being subjected to victimisation by law enforcers, the mothers of Muslim youth are coming together not just to share their grief but also to fight for justice.
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Correlating childhood deaths with religion in India
Jan 24, 2011 The fact that Muslim children face lower mortality risk than Hindu children is baffling given the fact that Muslims in India have, on average, lower socio-economic status, higher fertility and shorter birth intervals, and they are thought to accord a lower status to women within the household.
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Tussle between religious and secularist Nepal
Oct 23, 2008 The secularist ideology of Maoists in Nepal is at loggerheads with traditional religious practices. Maoists termed the clashes over animal sacrifices during Dashain, the biggest Hindu festival, as provocation by royalist supporters on the pretext of religion.
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Indian Muslims decry terrorism
Nov 10, 2008 With Muslims being branded as terrorists in the aftermath of a spate of bombings in India, the community has unequivocally denounced the bloodshed and politics of hatred being perpetrated. At a recently held conference, thousands of Muslim scholars and leaders came together to endorse a ruling against terrorism.
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Afghan clerics become agents of women's well-being
Nov 12, 2008 Using a faith-based approach, drawn on Islamic cultural values, the United Nations Population Fund is training Muslim clerics in Afghanistan on women's health and rights. These men are now educating local men and boys about gender-based violence and the importance of healthy family relationships.
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Pakistan divorce laws come under fire
Dec 18, 2008 A proposal seeking to reform Pakistan's oppressive divorce laws has come under sharp criticism from hardliners. The bid by the Council of Islamic Ideology, the country's top advisory body on religious affairs, calls for giving women a greater say in deciding their destiny.
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Tibetans bestow power on women monks
Apr 14, 2009 Breaking centuries-old practice of denying women the freedom to speak, Tibetan Buddhists are gradually reviving the ancient tradition of women monks. Despite protests from several sections, an 800-year-old Tibetan sect of Buddhism is ushering a change of order by bestowing power on woman masters.
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Little steps towards social justice
Jul 15, 2010 Children in Pakistan joined hands to raise their voices for treating minorities in Pakistan at par with the Muslims, at a conference in Lahore. Participants spoke about the denial of opportunities to the Christians, and the forcible abduction and conversion of girls.
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Bangladesh court prohibits forced Islamic attire
Aug 23, 2010 A court’s ruling in Bangladesh forbids forceful donning of Islamic regalia, such as skull caps, veils or other religious clothing. The court says, workplaces, schools and colleges should be protected from any order that imposes the wearing of religious attire.
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AHRC: Rehabilitate Hindu refugees in Pakistan’s Mirpur Khas
Aug 26, 2010 A community of around 60 Hindu families has taken shelter in Pakistan’ Mirpur Khas district of Sindh following intimidations against false charges of blasphemy. The Asian Human Rights Commission has appealed to rehabilitate them urgently and take action against the perpetrators of the violence.
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Pakistan: Attacks against religious minorities continue
Nov 25, 2010 Human Rights Watch has urged the Pakistan government to repeal the blasphemy and other heinous discriminatory laws that encourage violence against religious communities.
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Pope's remarks on condoms, a step in the right direction in the fight against AIDS
Nov 27, 2010 Pope’s remarks supporting the use of condoms to prevent HIV infection will help break religious taboos across the globe. This is potentially a significant step in the long drawn struggle against the disease, given the large percentage of catholic population across the world. The move holds a special significance for Africa, which has historically had the highest rates of HIV infection, and where the church is growing faster than on any other continent.
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Malaysia: Muslim women caught in the dilemma of commandments
Jan 20, 2011 Despite much progress in gender related issues, Muslim women in Malaysia are caught in the tangle of a lop-sided interpretation of syariah law and the civil law which are often conflicting. Still struggling to change the patriarchal society, these women are often victims of domestic violence and other abuses.
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UN steps-up fight against female genital mutilation
Feb 10, 2011 A joint UNFPA-UNICEF programme aimed at intensifying the global battle against the contentious religious-cultural practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has resulted in 6,000 communities abandoning the harmful practice. The programme mainly targets several African and Asian countries and uses a culturally sensitive approach, including dialogue and social networking.
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France outlaws full face veils in the disputed burqa ban
Mar 09, 2011 Starting April, women in France will be banned from wearing the full Islamic veil in public according to the new law passed by the French parliament. Sparking a nationwide debate, the law makes it illegal to wear garments such as the niqab or burqa with a full-face veil, anywhere in public.
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It's just a headscarf!
Apr 21, 2011 Two women attempt to detach the headscarf of its religious, political and social implications amidst the din in the West debating a ban on hijab. Their argument is, a headscarf is just another piece of clothing and women don it by choice and not under compulsion.
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Radical nexus spreading Islamophobia in the US: Report
Aug 30, 2011 A small nexus of organisations holding radical views on the 'Sharia' ideology had run a nine year long campaign to spread hatred against the Muslim community in the United States, says a recent report by Center of American Progress.
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German theology centres counsel women through religion
Oct 01, 2011 Muslim theology centres run by women in Germany offer religious solutions to immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and abusive relationships and encourage them to fight for their rights.
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No sex-education please, we are Muslims
Jan 10, 2011 Sex education, just like elsewhere in South Asia, is a taboo in Pakistan. A new book, Sex Education for Muslims, tries to interpret sexual practices in an "Islamic" manner but ends up inviting the wrath of the conservatives.
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Pope urges Pakistan to scrap blasphemy law
Jan 11, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI called on Pakistan to scrap a controversial law against blasphemy, saying it served as "a pretext for acts of injustice and violence against religious minorities."
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Devdasi system: The unsettling truths of institutionalised prostitution in India
Jan 24, 2011 South India’s contentious Devadasi system, though outlawed in 1988, does not seem to disappear. The complex interplay of poverty, social circumstances and sex trade, intertwined around religious practices have institutionalised slavery and exploitation of women.
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Gradual exodus of Hindus from Balochistan
Feb 05, 2011 Deterioration of law and order in Balochistan have made the Hindu minority a soft target for abductions. Thousands of families have emigrated as a result.
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