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12 Nov 2008, NewAgeIslam.Com Can Muslims still respect ARABS? Asks Raja Choudhary outraged at 9 year old girl having to seek divorce in Yemen

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12 Nov 2008, NewAgeIslam.Com
Can Muslims still respect ARABS? Asks Raja Choudhary outraged at 9 year old girl having to seek divorce in Yemen


Raja Choudhary quotes a BBC report that reads in part: “Although Yemen has a law stating that 15 is the marriageable age, it is frequently flouted, particularly in poor rural areas where society is run along tribal lines...Sheikh Hamoud Hashim al-Tharihi … cites the example of Prophet Muhammad who married six-year-old Aisha but waited for consummation till she was a little older. "Because this happened to the Prophet, we cannot tell people that it is prohibited to marry at an early age," he argues. Moreover, he claims it would harm society by spreading vice.

Few in the Muslim community share Raja’s outrage. They merely cite examples of similar atrocities being perpetrated by other communities. Since Hindus also perpetrate atrocities, there is no harm in Muslims doing the same, thus goes the argument. Pointing fingers at others, however, doesn’t absolve us of our shameless silence at the ills of our society. That these crimes are precisely what some people in other communities also perpetrate is absolutely no excuse for remaining silent at the diseases afflicting our own community. One should always look within, particularly before pointing fingers at others. My Maulvi father used to tell me that when you are pointing a finger at some one else for your own shortcomings, three fingers of your hand are automatically pointing towards you. We are never going to improve ourselves individually or as a society if we do not first look within with honesty and courage and learn what is wrong with us, and then set out to cure our ills.

Actually, I am quite appalled at the insensitivity of some Muslims to the fate of Muslims who suffer at the hands of other so-called Muslims, some of them their own relatives or fellow citizens, in the land of the Prophet as well as in other lands that embraced Islam. On top of that they would even question motives of critics, whether from within the community or outside. This is the easiest way out, particularly for those who know they have no grounds to question facts and even opinions. But in all honesty motives are best left for God to judge for He alone knows what is in someone’s heart.

Sultan Shahin (Editor@NewAgeIslam.com)

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Can Muslims still respect ARABS?
By Raja Choudhary
to Editor@NewAgeIslam.com, ………………
Salam brothers and sisters:

Please read the news (removed some sentences) of BBC NEWS, and decide for yourself that if ARABS still need respect from Muslims.
Note:

I have removed couple of sentences from the news, because I believe that was incorrect and also that offended me a lot.

[I am giving the whole story and also the URL, Editor]

Child marriage and divorce in Yemen

By Jenny Cuffe
BBC World Service, Assignment

A narrow path leads up from the mountain town of Jibla, through century-old houses, and turns into a mud track before reaching the door of Arwa's home.

Arwa is making history by requesting a divorce aged just nine

The nine year old child lives with her parents and six brothers and sisters in a humble, two-roomed house overlooking the mosque built by her namesake, Queen Arwa, who ruled Yemen 900 years ago.

She knows nothing of wealth and power but, in her own way, she has helped make history.

Arwa is the youngest of three Yemeni girls who recently went to court complaining they were married against their will and asking for divorce - an astonishing display of defiance that has prompted the government to review its law on early marriage.

The child's dark eyes shine from a pale face framed by her black headscarf. Her expression is eloquent yet she struggles to find words for what she's suffered.

Earlier this year, her father announced she was to be married, ignoring her tears of protest. She claims to have forgotten her husband's name and all she will say about him is that he seemed tall and old.

Sold off

Coming in from the street where he's been digging drains, Abdul Mohammed Ali takes up the story. He describes how a stranger, a man in his mid forties, approached him in the market asking if he knew of any marriageable girls.

Jibla village has been in the news since Arwa's request

After visiting their home and seeing Arwa and her 15-year-old sister, he opted for the younger child. Abdul Ali says the man promised he would wait for the girl to reach puberty before calling her to his house but then changed his mind and came to live with them.

So why did he sell his daughter to a stranger?

"He gave me 30,000 rial ($150, £90) and promised another 400,000 ($2,000). I was really in need of money and thought it was a solution for the family," he explains.

For seven months, Arwa's husband shared the small room where the family eat, play and sleep.

When Arwa fought off his advances, she was beaten. The torment only came to an end when her husband and father quarrelled and Abdul Ali gave her permission to seek outside help.

At this point in the narrative, she finds her voice again, describing how she went looking for a neighbour who could lend her money for the journey to court where the judge took pity on her and granted her freedom.

A medical examination showed that she had been sexually molested but was still technically a virgin

Arwa's audacity in seeking a divorce was inspired by the example of Nujood, another young girl from the capital, Sanaa, who has become a national celebrity.

Prophet's example

A third girl, Reem is still waiting for the court's decision and says her two ambitions are to get a divorce and go to college.

Married at 12, she describes the moment when her 30-year-old husband insisted on sex. When she resisted, he choked and bit her and dragged her by the hair, overwhelming her with force.

Reem wants a divorce and then a college education

She was imprisoned for 11 days in his house and tried to kill herself with a kitchen knife before being rescued by her mother.

Although Yemen has a law stating that 15 is the marriageable age, it is frequently flouted, particularly in poor rural areas where society is run along tribal lines.

Members of Parliament have recently been debating an amendment raising the age limit to 18, but progress has ground to a halt in the face of strong opposition from conservatives.

Sheikh Hamoud Hashim al-Tharihi is general secretary of the increasingly influential Vice and Virtue Committee and a member of the Islah Party. He cites the example of the Prophet Muhammad who married six-year-old Aisha but waited for consummation till she was a little older.

"Because this happened to the Prophet, we cannot tell people that it is prohibited to marry at an early age," he argues. Moreover, he claims it would harm society by spreading vice.

Bitter fight ahead

Yemen's Minister for Social Affairs, Professor Amat al-Razzak Hammed, recognises that the government needs to compromise and would personally opt for a legal age of 16.

Arwa hopes that money will not tempt her father to marry her off again

She emphasises the importance of a legal framework enabling courts to punish fathers who marry their children off early and officials who sign the marriage contracts, and says the government has consulted Islamic scholars to ensure that it can be done in accordance with Sharia.

With parliamentary elections next year, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government may be reluctant to alienate the growing forces of Islamic fundamentalism, so women's rights campaigners are preparing for a bitter fight. They are concerned that, with the global economic down-turn, more families will be under pressure to sacrifice their young daughters.

At her home in Jibla, Arwa is putting the past behind her and returning to childish games of hide and seek in the narrow passageways near her home.

But, without a firm lead from government, her father Abdul Ali may be tempted a second time to take money for his daughter's hand in marriage, curtailing her childhood once and for all.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7711554.stm

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Mubashir Inayet

to Editor@NewAgeIslam.com

All Arabs (like All Pakistanis) are not ignorant. We need to be respecting all people who behave in a decent, civilised way and express themselves accordingly.

Mubashir Inayet

Mansoor Hallaj

to Editor@NewAgeIslam.com

On Wed, 11/12/08, Raja Choudhary wrote:

Please read the news (removed some sentences) of BBC NEWS, and decide for yourself that if ARABS still need respect from Muslims. Note: I have removed couple of sentences from the news, because I believe that was incorrect and also that offended me a lot.

Child marriage and divorce in Yemen By Jenny Cuffe BBC World Service, Assignment A narrow path leads up from the mountain town of Jibla, through century-old houses, and turns into a mud track before reaching the door of Arwa's home.

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Dear Raja Sahab,

Where is the link of the story and by the way you dont have to censor, why condemn and single out Arabs specifically and Muslims in general? It has become a Fashion to bash Muslims whereas same crimes against humanity are day to day affairs in the Non-Muslim World as well. One must discuss the problem generally. Have a look:

Was there any public outcry over these wanton acts of brutality?

Genocide of Women in Hinduism

by Sita Agarwal

“In memory of my late sister, who died as a result of the inherently anti-woman religion of barbarian Hinduism.”

http://www.geocities.com/realitywithbite/hindu.htm

At a crossroads S. VISWANATHAN in chennai VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN in New Delhi

The Dalit leadership faces a credibility crisis in the absence of a radical political vision. RAJEEV BHATT Floral tributes to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary at Parliament House on April 14, 2006.

Caste atrocities

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229003300400.htm

Data collected by the government and its agencies highlight the scale of physical aggression and oppression faced by Dalit communities. The 2005 Annual Report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs states that a crime against Scheduled Caste (S.C.) communities is committed every 20 minutes in the country. It records that 26,127 cases of atrocities against S.C communities were reported last year. In 2004, the recorded number of crimes against Dalits was 26,887. The 2005 report states that there were 1,172 cases of rape of Dalit women, 669 cases of murder, 258 cases of kidnapping and abduction and 3,847 cases of causing hurt. There were 291 cases under the Protection of Civil Rights Act and 8,497 cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Khairlanjis of the past

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229003401000.htm

Victims, still

Dalit activism has enabled the community to make some progress, but it is still subjected to oppression across the country.

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229009401200.htm

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229003101800.htm

Story of deprivation

P.S. KRISHNAN

The promises of the freedom movement and the Constitution remain largely unfulfilled in the case of Dalits.

M. SRINATH

Paddy transplantation under way in Thanjavur. A file photograph. The land reform laws enacted in various States half-heartedly and slowly have left Dalits in the same plight of landlessness and social and physical vulnerability as they were before Independence.

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229002802700.htm

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229003002800.htm

Power of touch

GOPAL GURU

The concept of untouchability travels from rural locations to the cities.

Volume 23 - Issue 25 :: Dec. 16-29, 2006 INDIA'S NATIONAL MAGAZINE from the publishers of THE HINDU

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061229002903000.htm

Khairlanji Atrocity

Khairlanji is a village in Mohadi Taluka, Bhandara District

http://www.ambedkar.org/khairlanji.html

How are Dalits Discriminated Against?

http://www.amnestyusa.org/regions/americas/document.do?id=ENGUSA2005100705001

Localities housing dalits are often segregated from those housing non-dalits, a segregation which often extends to the provision of separate wells, eating places and temples and restrictions on the use of land to defecate. Many are agricultural laborers -- estimates suggest that at least two thirds of the bonded laborers in India are dalits -- while dalit women, and often children, dominate certain spheres of work, such as civic sanitation, scavenging and leatherwork (including the flaying and tanning of carcasses).

Survival at stake ARCHANA PRASAD

The forest rights Bill is an important step in the struggle to reverse the historical marginalisation of tribal people.

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20070112003600400.htm

One of the most vociferous proponents of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, Brinda Karat feels that it is a major step in the spirit of social justice. A strong votary for the inclusion of the rights of other forest-dwellers, too, the Rajya Sabha member of the CPI(M) is of the opinion that the legislation has sounded the death knell for the "Fatwa Raj" of Forest Department officials. In this interview to Frontline, Brinda Karat spoke about the controversies that emerged in the context of the Bill. Excerpts.

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20070112003201100.htm

For lasting rights ASHISH KOTHARI

The forest rights Bill finally gives forest-dwelling communities a legal basis for their rights to forest resources.

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20070112003501400.htm

India: End Caste Bias in Tsunami Relief

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/01/14/india10019.htm

About Police.

India: Probe Police Attacks on ‘Untouchables’

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/07/10/india9051.htm

India: Spotlight on Caste Discrimination

(Durban, September 11, 2001) -- Human Rights Watch said today that caste discrimination is now firmly on the international human rights agenda due to the efforts of Dalit activists at the World Conference Against Racism. The conference concluded Saturday in Durban, South Africa.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2001/09/11/india2451.htm

POLICE ABUSE AND KILLINGS OF STREET CHILDREN IN INDIA

http://www.hrw.org/reports/1996/India4.htm

THE STATES Rape and more ANNIE ZAIDI in Guna

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20061117001704400.htm

BROKEN PEOPLE Caste Violence Against India’s “Untouchables”

SUMMARY

When we are working, they ask us not to come near them. At tea canteens, they have separate tea tumblers and they make us clean them ourselves and make us put the dishes away ourselves. We cannot enter temples. We cannot use upper-caste water taps. We have to go one kilometer away to get water... When we ask for our rights from the government, the municipality officials threaten to fire us. So we don’t say anything. This is what happens to people who demand their rights.

http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/india/

India/Nepal: Rape for Profit

(New York, June 16, 1995) In a report released today, Human Rights Watch, the New York-based human rights organization, charged that women and girls trafficked from Nepal into India for the purpose of prostitution are kept in conditions tantamount to slavery. Held in debt bondage for years at a time, they are raped and subjected to severe beatings, exposure to AIDS, and arbitrary imprisonment. Both the Indian and Nepali governments are complicit in the abuses suffered by trafficking victims. The human rights organization also called on government delegates to the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women to commit to improving international collaboration to stem the forced trafficking of women and girls, investigating and prosecuting traffickers and brothel operators.

RAPE FOR PROFIT Trafficking of Nepali Girls and Women to India's Brothels

I. INTRODUCTION

http://www.hrw.org/reports/1995/India.htm

Child commercial sex workers: India

There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15 years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years They form 40% of the total population of commercial sex workers in India 80% of these are found in the 5 metros 71% of them are illiterate 500,000 children are forced into this trade every year

* Prostitution is widespread, with an estimated 2.3 million prostitutes in the country, some 575,000 of whom are children. (US Dept of State, Human Rights Report, 1999)

* According to ILO estimates, 15% of the country's estimated 2.3 million prostitutes are children. (US Dept of State, Human Rights Report, 1999)

* Recent studies indicate that of the estimated 9,000,000 prostitutes working in India, some 30% or 2,700,000 are children. A further 10% reported that they had started their 'career' in prostitution before they were 18 years of age. A large number of these children are trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. (ECPAT International, A Step Forward, 1999)

* One quarter of prostitutes are minors. (CATW 1999)

* 25-30% of prostitutes are children. An estimated number of child prostitutes is 400,000. (ILO-IPEC, Mainstreaming Gender in IPEC Activities, 1999)

* There is a growing pattern of trafficking in child prostitutes from Nepal. According to one estimate, 5,000 to 7,000 children, mostly between the ages of 10 and 18, are drawn into this traffic annually. NGOs in the region estimate that some 6,000 to 10,000 girls are trafficked annually from Nepal to Indian brothels and a similar number are trafficked from Bangladesh. (US Dept of State, Human Rights Report, 1999)

* Women's rights organisations and NGOs estimate that more than 12,000 and perhaps as many as 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring states for the sex trade. (US Dept of State, Human Rights Report, 1999)

* 30% of India's 1 million prostitutes are girls below the age of 16 years. (SPARC, The State of Pakistan's Children, 1999, citing "Child Prostitution Increasing in Indo-Pak", The Frontier Post, 25 November 1998)

* A survey by the Central Social Welfare Board of India indicated that the population of Nepalese women and child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Indian brothels would be between 70,000 to 100,000 of which 30% were below 18 years. (ILO-IPEC, Usha D. Acharya, Country Report: Nepal, October 1998)

* Over 100,000 child prostitutes are estimated to be in India's major cities. (June Kane, Sold for Sex, 1998)

* Over the last decade, 200,000 Bangladeshi girls were lured under false circumstances and sold into the sex industry in nations including Pakistan, India and the Middle East. (CATW Fact Book, citing Tabibul Islam, "Rape of Minors Worry Parents", IPS, 8 April 1998)

* Every year between 5,000 and 7,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked into the red-light districts in Indian cities. Many of the girls are barely 9 or 10 years old. (CATW Fact Book, citing Soma Wadhwa, "For sale childhood', Outlook, 1998)

* 27,000 Bangladeshi women and children have been forced into prostitution in Indian brothels. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Women Forced into Indian Brothels", CWCS, June 1998)

* 200,000 Nepalese girls under 16 years are in prostitution. (Penelope Saunders, "Sexual Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Children", 29 October 1998)

* 40,000 Nepalese girls under 16 in Indian brothels are forced into prostitution. (Penelope Saunders, "Sexual Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Children", 29 October 1998)

* 20% of the child prostitutes in India come from Bangladesh and Nepal. (BNWLA, Salma Ali, Country Report on Trafficking in Children and their Exploitation in Prostitution, October 1998, citing a research publication by Dr. K.K. Mukherjee of India)

* 300,000-500,000 children are engaged in prostitution. (CATW Fact Book, citing Rahul Bedi, "Bid to Protect Children as Sex Tourism Spreads", Daily Telegraph (London), 23 August 1997)

* 15% of prostitutes in India are under the age of 18 years. ("Innocence Sacrificed on Tourism Altar", ECPAT Bulletin, October 1996)

* A 1996 survey published in India Today magazine estimated there are between 40,000 and 50,000 child prostitutes in the country, activists now say that figure might have jumped to about 250,000. ("Children For Sale", Asia Week, 1 March 1996)

* Conservative estimates say some 300,000 children are involved in the sex industry. ("Six foreigners charged in India child sex case", The Nation, 18 October 1996, reprinted in ECPAT Bulletin, October 1996)

* Between 2,000 and 5,000 children are sent across the border to India for prostitution every year. (Kota Neelima, "Young sex workers are costly commodity", ECPAT Bulletin, July 1996)

* An estimated 400 sex workers came from Bangladesh every month and about 5,000 came from Nepal every year. (Kota Neelima, "Young sex workers are a costly commodity", ECPAT Bulletin, July 1996, citing Indrani Sinha of SANLAAP India)

* 500,000 girls work as sex workers. (UNICEF, Atlas of South Asian Children and Women, 1996)

* The average age of the Nepalese girls entering an Indian brothel is said to be 10-14 years, some 5,000 to 7,000 of them being trafficked between Nepal and India annually. (UNICEF India, Richard Young, "Understanding Underlying Factors", Child Workers in Asia, January-June 1996)

* Every year 5,000 to 7,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked to India. An estimated 40,000 to 45,000 of these girls are in Bombay brothels and also nearly an equal number of them are in Calcutta. (Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Action, The Flesh Trade Report, 1995-1996)

* Nepalese social workers estimate the number of Nepalese girls and women working in Indian brothels at about 200,000, and believe that between 5,000 and 7,000 new Nepalese end up in Indian brothels every year. (Human Rights Watch/Asia, Rape and Profit, June 1995)

* There were an estimated 400,000-500,000 child prostitutes in 1991. (Human Rights Watch)

* Half of 100,000 girl prostitutes between 10-14 in Bombay are from Nepal and kept in brothels against their will. (Penelope Saunders, "Sexual Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Children", 29 October 1998)



* In Bombay, India, at least half of the city's 100,000 prostitutes are believed to be Nepalese girls. (ILO-IPEC, Usha D. Acharya, Country Report: Nepal, October 1998)

* The number of Nepalese girls and women engaged in prostitution in Calcutta exceeds 27,000, in Delhi it is more than 21,000, in Gorakhpur it is 4,700, and in Banaras it is 3,480. (ILO-IPEC, Usha D. Acharya, Country Report: Nepal, October 1998)

* 10,000 Bangladeshi children are in brothels in Bombay and Goa, India. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Human smuggling from Bangladesh at alarming level", Reuters, 26 May 1997, citing Trafficking Watch Bangladesh)

* Approximately 20,000 or 20% of women in prostitution in Bombay are under 18 years of age. (CATW Fact Book, citing Robert I. Freidman, "India's Shame: Sexual Slavery and Political Corruption are Leading to an AIDS Catastrophe", The Nation, 8 April 1996)

* A NGO states that the number of children in flesh trade is increasing by 8-10% every year ("The Young and the Damned", The Week, 4 August 1996, reprinted in ECPAT Bulletin, July 1996)

*10,000-12,000 Bangladeshi children are thought to be employed in the brothels of Bombay and West Bengal. (An Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, submission to the UN CRC, 1997, citing UNICEF, The Progress of the Nations, 1995)

* About 45,000 Nepalese girls are in the brothels of Bombay and 40,000 in Calcutta. (CATW Fact Book, citing UBINIG, Trafficking in Women and Children: The Cases of Bangladesh, 1995, citing women's groups in Nepal)

* A report of the Central Advisory Committee on Child Prostitution, published in May 1994 says that 12 to 15% of the prostitutes in Mumbai, Delhi, Madras, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore are children. It is estimated that 30% of the prostitutes in these cities are aged below 20 and nearly half of them had become commercial sex workers when they were minors. 86% of the prostitutes come from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Conservative estimates put the number of children in India suffering commercial sex abuse at 300,000. ("The Young and the Damned", The Week, 4 August 1996, reprinted in ECPAT Bulletin, July 1996)

* Dr. I.S. Gilada, General Secretary of the Indian Health Organisation(IHO), estimated in various studies conducted between 1985 and 1994 that there were between 70,000 and 100,000 prostitutes in Bombay, 100,000 in Calcutta, 40,000 in Delhi, 40,000 in Pune, and 13,000 in Nagpur. (Human Rights Watch/Asia, Rape and Profit, June 1995)

* There are over 200,000 Nepalese prostitutes. (ILO-IPEC, Mainstreaming Gender in IPEC Activities, 1999)

* 200,000 to over 250,000 Nepalese women and girls are already in Indian brothels. (CATW Fact Book, citing Soma Wadhwa, "For sale childhood", Outlook, 1998)

* 20%-30% of commercial sex workers in India have been trafficked from Nepal. (World Vision, David Westwood, Child Trafficking in Asia, 1998)

* The Indian Social Welfare Board estimates that there are 500,000 foreign prostitutes in India of which 1% are from Bangladesh. And 2.7% of prostitutes in Calcutta alone are from Bangladesh. (CATW Fact Book, citing CEDAW Report: Bangladesh, 1 April 1997)

* 30,000 Bangladeshi women are in the brothels of Calcutta, India. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Human Smuggling from Bangladesh at alarming level", Reuters, 26 May 1997)

* 2.5% of prostitutes in India are Nepalese, and 2.7% are Bangladeshi. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Devadasi System Continues to Legitimise Prostitution: The Devadasi Tradition and Prostitution", Times of India, 4 December 1997)

* 160,000 Nepalese women are held in India's brothels. (CATW Fact Book, citing SANLAAP India, Indrani Sinha, "Paper on Globalization & Human Rights")

* At least 2,000 women are in prostitution along the Baina beachfront in Goa. (CATW Fact Book, citing Frederick Moronha, India Abroad News Service, 9 August 1997)

* Every day, about 200 girls and women in India enter prostitution, 80% of them against their will. (CATW Fact Book, citing CEDPA and PRIDE, "Devadasi System Continues to Legitimise Prostitution: The Devadasi Tradition and Prostitution", Times of India, 4 December 1997)

* The brothels of India hold between 100,000 and 160,000 Nepalese women and girls. (CATW Fact Book, citing Gustavo Capdevila, IPS, 2 April 1997, citing Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Report on Violence Against Women)

* There are more than 100,000 women in prostitution in Bombay, Asia's largest sex industry centre. (CATW Fact Book, citing Robert I. Freidman, "India's Shame: Sexual Slavery and Political Corruption Are Leading to an AIDS Catastrophe", The Nation, 8 April 1996)

* There are an estimated 50,000 devadasis in the country. (ECPAT Newsletter, No.15, January 1996)

* India, along with Thailand and the Philippines, has 1.3 million children in its sex-trade centres. (CATW Fact Book, citing Soma Wadhwa, "For Sale: Childhood", Outlook, 1998)

* Nepalese social workers estimate that the number of Nepalese girls and women now working in Indian brothels at about 200,000 and believe that between 5,000 and 7,000 new Nepalese end up in Indian brothels every year. (Human Rights Watch/Asia, Rape and Profit, June 1995)

* Nepalese girls as young as 11, 12, 13 years old have been trafficked into India to work as prostitutes. (Will Dunham, "U.S. grapples with 'modern-day slavery'", 1 September 2000, reprinted in Stop Trafficking Archive, September 2000)

* In India, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu are considered "high supply zones" for women in prostitution. Bijapur, Belgaum and Kolhapur are common districts from which women migrate to the big cities, as part of an organised trafficking network. (CATW Fact Book, citing Meena Menon, "Women in India's Trafficking Belt", 30 March 1998, citing the Central Social Welfare Board)

* Human Rights Watch reported that the practice of dedicating or marrying young, pre-pubescent girls to a Hindu deity or temple as servants of god, devadasis, continue in several southern states, including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Devadasis may not marry. They are taken from their families and are required to provide sexual services to priests and high caste Hindus. Reportedly, many eventually are sold to urban brothels. (US Dept of State, Human Rights Report, 1999)

* India is one of the favoured destinations of paedophile sex tourists from Europe and the United States. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Global law to punish sex tourists sought by Britain and EU", The Indian Express, 21 November 1997)

*The trafficking of girls from Nepal into India for the purpose of prostitution is probably the busiest 'slave traffic' of its kind anywhere in the world. (CATW Fact Book, citing Tim McGirk, "Nepal's Lost Daughters", 27 January 1997)

* India's child sex industry is the second largest in the world after the Philippines. ("Six foreigners charged in India child sex case", The Nation, 18 October 1996, reprinted in ECPAT Bulletin, October 1996)

* There could be a few hundred thousand Bangladeshi girls in various houses of prostitution in India. (Brother Jarlath de Souza, "Trafficking in Children: Bangladesh", Child Workers in Asia, July-September 1996)

* Most child prostitutes in the cities hail from the surrounding rural areas, although considerable numbers are trafficked over longer distances. (UNICEF India, Richard Young, "Understanding Underlying Factors", Child Workers in Asia, January-June 1996)

* Nepal appears to be the most significant, identifiable source of child prostitutes for Indian brothels. Thousands of Nepalese females under the age of 20 have been identified in India by various studies. (UNICEF India, Richard Young, "Understanding Underlying Factors", Child Workers in Asia, January-June 1996)

* In 1994, however, the Government of India estimated that 30%of all prostitutes in six major cities were below the age of 20 and that almost 40% of these prostitutes entered the profession before they were 18 years of age. Anecdotal evidence provided by social workers in Calcutta, Bombay and Delhi supports these figures. The existence of a stable child population among the prostitutes of these cities seems to be a certainty. (UNICEF India, Richard Young, "Understanding Underlying Factors", Child Workers in Asia, January-June 1996)

* Of 1,000 red-light districts all over India, prostitutes are mostly minors often from Nepal and Bangladesh. (CATW-Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific, 1996)

* Districts bordering Maharashtra and Karnataka, known as the 'devadasi belt', have trafficking structures operating at various levels. Many are devadasis dedicated into prostitution for the goddess Yellamma. In one Karnataka brothel, all 15 girls are devadasis. (CATW Fact Book, citing Meena Menon, "The Unknown Faces")

INDIA OUTRAGED

DALITS, LIKE FLIES TO FEUDAL LORDS

http://tehelka.com/story_main22.asp?filename=Ne111106Dalits_like.asp

A Maharashtra village serves up ‘moral justice’ by gang raping and lynching a dalit family. That didn’t merit front page news in 21st-century-10-percent-growth-rate India. Shivam Vij reports

The Price of Do Bigha Zameen

Surekha Bhotmange, 45: raped, murdered

Priyanka Bhotmange, 17: raped, murdered

Roshan Bhotmange, 23: murdered

Sudhir Bhotmange, 21: murdered

Surekha and Priyanka were stripped, paraded naked, beaten with bicycle chains, axes and bullock-cart pokers. They were gang-raped until they died. Some raped them even after that

A newspaper report from 2006 states:

Police in Khurja say dozens of sacrifices have been made over the past six months. Last month, in a village near Barha, a woman hacked her neighbour's three-year-old to death after a tantrik promised unlimited riches. In another case, a couple desperate for a son had a six-year-old kidnapped and then, as the tantrik chanted mantras, mutilated the child. The woman completed the ritual by washing in the child's blood. 'It's because of blind superstitions and rampant illiteracy that this woman sacrificed this boy,' said Khurja police officer AK Singh. 'It's happened before and will happen again but there is little we can do to stop it. In most situations it's an open and shut case. It isn't difficult to elicit confessions - normally the villagers or the families of the victims do that for us.'....According to an unofficial tally by the local newspaper, there have been 28 human sacrifices in western Uttar Pradesh in the last four months. Four tantrik priests have been jailed and scores of others forced to flee.

Indian cult kills children for goddess: Holy men blamed for inciting dozens of deaths, The Observeror (United Kingdom newspaper) Dan McDougall in Khurja, India, Sunday March 5, 2006

Some people in India are adherents of a religion called Tantrism (not to be confused with Tantric Buddhism); most either use animal sacrifice or symbolic effigies, but a small percent of them still engage in human sacrifice:

After a rash of similar killings in the area -- according to an unofficial tally in the English-language Hindustan Times, there have been 25 human sacrifices in western Uttar Pradesh in the last six months alone -- police have cracked down against tantriks, jailing four and forcing scores of others to close their businesses and pull their ads from newspapers and television stations. The killings and the stern official response have focused renewed attention on tantrism, an amalgam of mystical practices that grew out of Hinduism.

In India, case links mysticism, murder - John Lancaster, Washington Post, 11/29/2003)

Witch doctors cause rise in child sacrifices by Catherine Philp The Times March 03, 2004

An Indian villager in a loveless marriage was told that killing his son would solve his problems

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1023943,00.html

Horror of India's child sacrifice By Navdip Dhariwal BBC News, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4903390.stm

Indian cult kills children for goddess

'Holy men' blamed for inciting dozens of deaths Dan McDougall in Khurja, India Sunday March 5, 2006 The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1723910,00.html

Child Hierodulic Servitude in India and Nepal

http://www.anti-slaverysociety.addr.com/hieroras.htm

Woman held for child sacrifice [ Tuesday, July 29, 2003 02:30:09 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=100223

Ritual killing stuns Indian village By CNN Correspondent Suhasini Haidar Wednesday, August 6, 2003 Posted: 0822 GMT ( 4:22 PM HKT)

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/08/06/india.ritual.killing/

Barter, buy or kill for a bride

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1244546,curpg-2,fright-0,right-0.cms

There is a long tradition of human sacrifice to the Goddess in different parts of India, and there is evidence that this was practised regularly in some of the main Shakta temples of Bengal until the early nineteenth century when it was banned by the British. Occasional child sacrifices are still reported today. The Thugs strangled and robbed travellers in the name of Kali until the cult was eradicated by the British. Criminal associations continue, though, for Naipaul interviewed a group of murderous criminals in India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990) who were religious and worshipped Santoshi Mata, a form of Kali.

http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/hindu/devot/kali.html

The children we sacrifice By Pedestrian pictures 04/06/2003 At 12:47

In India, one out of every ten children is being sexually abused at any given point of time.

Every 155th minute a child below 16 years is raped.

Every 13th hour, a child below 10 years is raped.

~ Working group of Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1998

http://india.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/5267.shtml

Child sacrifice: mystery over death of main accused DH News Service Angul (Orissa):

The sacrifice of a five-year-old-boy at a local temple in Angul district has taken an ugly turn with the death of the main accused under mysterious circumstances. The 60-year-old man, who had confessed to the crime, died in the police custody on Wednesday.

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/Oct222005/national1741820051021.asp

I wonder why the British Raj left in 1947 giving us unabashed freedom to continue Pagan Traditions of Sawareh, Vani, Karo Kari [Honour Killing of women to save the honour and there is no honour in pederast Feudals and Mullahs of Rural Pakistan], Sati [Burning alive the Hindu widow], Haq Bakhshwai [Marriage with Holy Quran in Sindh to save property and this is done in Rural Pakistan and India].

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Mansoor Hallaj

to Editor@NewAgeIslam.com

On Wed, 11/12/08, Raja Choudhary wrote:

Please read the news (removed some sentences) of BBC NEWS, and decide for yourself that if ARABS still need respect from Muslims. Note: I have removed couple of sentences from the news, because I believe that was incorrect and also that offended me a lot.Child marriage and divorce in Yemen By Jenny Cuffe BBC World Service, Assignment A narrow path leads up from the mountain town of Jibla, through century-old houses, and turns into a mud track before reaching the door of Arwa's home.

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Dear Raja Sahab,

The links of Indian Magazine www.frontlineonnet.com in my earlier posts were dead therefore the updated links are as under on Non-Muslim and Non-Arab Atrocities against fellow human

DALITS, LIKE FLIES TO FEUDAL LORDS Friday, November 7, 2008

http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2008/11/dalits-like-flies-to-feudal-lords.html

At a crossroads S. VISWANATHAN in chennai VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

in New Delhi

The Dalit leadership faces a credibility crisis in the absence of a radical political vision

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2325/stories/20061229003300400.htm

Caste atrocities

Data collected by the government and its agencies highlight the scale of physical aggression and oppression faced by Dalit communities. The 2005 Annual Report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs states that a crime against Scheduled Caste (S.C.) communities is committed every 20 minutes in the country. It records that 26,127 cases of atrocities against S.C communities were reported last year. In 2004, the recorded number of crimes against Dalits was 26,887. The 2005 report states that there were 1,172 cases of rape of Dalit women, 669 cases of murder, 258 cases of kidnapping and abduction and 3,847 cases of causing hurt. There were 291 cases under the Protection of Civil Rights Act and 8,497 cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Khairlanjis of the past

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2325/stories/20061229003401000.htm

Victims, still

Dalit activism has enabled the community to make some progress, but it is still subjected to oppression across the country.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2325/stories/20061229009401200.htm

Story of deprivation P.S. KRISHNAN



The promises of the freedom movement and the Constitution remain largely unfulfilled in the case of Dalits.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2325/stories/20061229002802700.htm

Power of touch GOPAL GURU

The concept of untouchability travels from rural locations to the cities.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2325/stories/20061229002903000.htm

Survival at stake ARCHANA PRASAD

The forest rights Bill is an important step in the struggle to reverse the historical marginalisation of tribal people.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2326/stories/20070112003600400.htm

For lasting rights ASHISH KOTHARI

The forest rights Bill finally gives forest-dwelling communities a legal basis for their rights to forest resources.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=20070112003501400.htm&date=fl2326/&prd=fline&

THE STATES Rape and more ANNIE ZAIDI in Guna

The police make a gang-raped tribal woman run from pillar to post to file an FIR and then her community treats the issue as one of its honour.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2322/stories/20061117001704400.htm

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Jimmy Jumshade

to NewAgeIslam.com

Since Islam is an "ARAB RELIGION" & Muslims follow Islam, therefore they are condemned to respect Arabs forever................although the backside of a camel is much better than Arabs................


http://newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=972

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