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Archive for February, 2008

Teachers or Wolves!??

Teachers turned into wolves.

In a shocking incident in this ancient capital of Gujarat, where people still take immense pride in their society and culture, all hell broke loose after a first-year student of the Primary Teacher’s Training College (PTC) accused six of her teachers of repeatedly gangraping her for six months.

The traumatised girl, who has been sent to the civil hospital for a medical examination, was in a violent condition and doctors said she starts screaming the moment someone touches her.

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Study Proves How A Headscarf Can Fool You

Appearances can be deceptive. Here is a study that proves how appearances drastically impact our perceptions.

Objective of Study: To determine the perception people have of women who wear hijabs – a traditional Muslim head covering – versus women who don’t.

Below are the two images that were used for this study:

Key Observations:

72% people thought that women in headscarf is married while only 38% said that the western-looking women was married. 50% thought the latter to be working mom while only 35% thought that for headscraf-covered women. Only 30% wanted headscarf-covered woman as neighbor. 82% thought western-looking women are American and whopping 78% presumed that the head-scarved women was middle-eastern. 87 % also thought her to be Muslim!

Download this Colourful Report (pdf) to see the detailed results of this study.

Related Post: Learn more about muslim veils here.

Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women’s rights

Another horrifying story from post-Taliban Afghanistan is in news. 23-year-old young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court in Afghanistan for downloading a pro-woman report from the internet. The website from where the report was downloaded allegedly stated that Muslim fundamentalists had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohamed by claiming that the Koran justified the oppression of women.

Sayed Pervez Kambaksh had distributed the article to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University to provoke a debate on the matter. But a complaint was made against him and he was arrested, tried by religious judges without being allowed legal representation and sentenced to death. You can read the complete news story by Independent.

Afghan government has withdrawn the death sentence in the wake of widespread international protests and appeals to the President, Hamid Karzai, after the case was media. You can also sign the petition to save to Sayed Pervez Kambaksh from unfair conviction and condemnation. About 38, 000 people have already signed it, this is said to be one of reasons for government’s withdrawal of death penalty.

Eliminate Discrimination, Not The Girl Child

Sign this charter from CRY – Child Rights and You. It asks you to pledge on the following bare minimum acts you can do for your own bid to help girl child:

CRY Pledge stamp

I will take action myself

  1. I will not accept or perpetuate any reasoning based on myths or cultural norms and rituals that see a girl child as a liability to the family, and in a way become cause for social evils and crimes such as foeticide.
  2. I will not employ any girl or boy of less than 18 years as domestic help, or in any occupation that deprives them of the right to education, play & social life.
  3. I will ensure that all girls in my family & those I know have equal access to quality education and development opportunities to be economically independent and are able to participate in all the decisions that are significant to their lives.
  4. Acknowledging that all kinds of physical, sexual & emotional abuse on the girl child are perpetrated by close relatives, friends and acquaintances of the child, I will be vigilant towards realizing the right to protection of all children and promise to strongly voice issues that are silenced or ignored by not considering them a taboo.
  5. I will not participate in any marriage ceremonies or rituals in which a girl under the age of 18 years or a boy under the age of 21 years is getting married.
  6. I will respect and realize every girl child’s right to food & nutrition.

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