Shah Bano, a 62-year-old Muslim mother of five from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, was divorced by her husband in 1978. She filed a criminal suit in the Supreme Court of India, in which she won the right to alimony from her husband. However, the Muslim politicians mounted a campaign for the verdict’s nullification. The Indian Parliament reversed the judgment under pressure from Islamic orthodoxy.
After 41 years India has witnessed the victory for all these Muslim women who had been directly or indirectly having been suffered the most in the name of triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat or talaq-e- mughallazah(irrevocable divorce). The revocation of triple talaq has shown the way for one nation and one law. It has certainly purged the impurities which are marring Indian society for a long time. It is hard to believe such a stigma of society still persists in India. There was a time when movie maker could not put the name of the movie as triple talaq as it can simply jeopardize their marriage status by uttering the words by a husband.
Not only Muslims women, but in the case of Hindus women also, they do face the black horror of bigotry, superstition and social stigma since the dawn of history. Be it female foeticide, child marriage, dowry disgrace, women trafficking or gender inequality in every sphere of life, have ceded the developed India’s goodwill and harmony. According to sources in every hour 4 Indian women lost their modesty and that 117 million girls demographically go “missing” due to sex-selective abortions, as claimed by the United Nations Population Fund.
The historic landmark judgment which has unveiled the curtain of superstition and introduced the new legislation which makes the practice of instant divorce through ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims a punishable offense with 3-year imprisonment. The new law clarifies and invokes ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband void and illegal. It makes it illegal to pronounce talaq three times — spoken, written or through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat — in one sitting.”Any pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal,” the law says.
The road to glory has not been rosy as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has argued that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to strike down provisions of personal law, organizations calling for reform and Muslim women from various walks of life across the country have urged the court to declare triple talaq and polygamy as “un-Islamic”. In the past, courts have made discordant notes about the immunity enjoyed by personal laws.
In 1951, the Bombay High Court in State of Bombay versus Narasu Appa Mali held that personal law is not ‘law’ under Article 13 of the Indian constitution. The judgment was never challenged in the Supreme Court. In Ahmedabad Women Action Group versus Union of India, the Supreme Court was asked to consider that unilateral divorce by talaq and polygamy violated Articles 14 and 15.
The Article 13 of Indian Constitution provides a constitutional basis to judicial review since it gives the Supreme Court or High Courts the authority to interpret the pre-constitutional laws and decide whether they are in sync with the principles and values of the present Constitution. A judicial declaration from a Constitution Bench under Article 13 that personal laws are liable to comply with the fundamental rights guaranteed by Constitution would bring religious law, even uncodified practices.
The instantaneous and irrevocable (triple talaq) divorce has certainly addressed such sectarian rules which are earlier hard to be touched and forget of curtailing or wiping out from the society. Time has come now and again to act upon such inadmissible and untouched principles which are definitely cursed for the society in this developing and holy nation.
History created : Triple Talaq bill passed
The long-awaited triple talaq bill has finally been passed in Rajya Sabha today after its already been okayed from Lok Sabha. History has indeed been created as millions of Muslim women suffering from the fear and apprehensions of verbal triple talaq through phone, WhatsApp and in the direct conversation since the last seven decades have finally been freed from the patriarchal shackles. It’s indeed a great victory for the ruling BJP led NDA and women of the minority community of the country, especially those hailing from the lowest ebb usually harassed and traumatized by their husbands under the garb of giving them instant divorce by uttering Talaq thrice. In today’s voting that ended in the Rajya Sabha today after protracted debate amongst the opposition and ruling party MPs, the 99 MPs of the BJP and its allies voted in favor of the bill while Congress and others voted against numbering 84. Now since the Triple Talaq Bill would become a law after the signature of the president the erring husbands giving Triple Talaq would be penalized for three years rigorous imprisonment, the clause the Congress party and its leader in the Rajya Sabha were opposing tooth and nail. The Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had unambiguously said that it will be forced to vote against the bill as it has a criminal provision for three years imprisonment for the erring husband but no guarantee of any financial support to the distressed family from the government in the event of the husband going to the jail thus leaving the woman and her children in crisis. What Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad fails to understand is that some kind of deterrent is needed to prevent these erring husbands. Congress even tried to drag in lynchings and Godhra to this historic debate to sideline the main issue and to provoke.
The prime minister Narendra Modi said that the medieval practice has finally come to an end and oppressed women of the minority community freed from the age-old traditional shackles of instant triple talaq. Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted: An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history. Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to the Muslim women. The opposition tried its best to provoke the Muslim community starting with Congress, calling it an agenda against Muslim men. The rejected and dejected opposition tried its best to provoke the Muslim community right from Parliament to social media.
He tweeted again: This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.
The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve. The prime minister also thanked the opposition parties for making this possible. PM Narendra Modi’s earlier tweet says: I thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of Muslim Women ( Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2019 in both the houses of parliament. They have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated on the occasion of the passing of the Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha today. In a tweet he said:
The passage in the Rajya Sabha of Muslim Women ( Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill completes Parliament’s approval of a ban on the inequitable practice of Triple Talaq.
The president of India expressing his jubilation over the passage of the bill in the upper house termed it a milestone in the quest for gender justice and a moment of satisfaction for the entire country. The President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: Passage in the Rajya Sabha of Muslim Women ( Protection of Rights of Marriage ) Bill completes Parliament’s approval of a ban on the inequitable practice of triple talaq. A milestone in the quest for gender justice; a moment of satisfaction for the entire country.
Historic day and a giant step in the empowerment of Muslim women and a slap on the face of those who engage in fearmongering. A historic blunder set right. Muslim women celebrate this historic day.
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Home minister Amit Shah to get rid Kashmir of terrorists. List to eliminate top ten terrorists ready.
The count down of ten dreaded terrorists of Al Badra, Hizbul Mujahiddin and Laskare Taiyyeba active in Kashmir valley has begun.
Sources reveal that after the assumption of charge at the centre as union home minister Amit Shah has held number of crucial meetings with the governor of Jammu n Kashmir Satyapal Malik n union home secretary to devise ways and means to counter terrorism n eliminate hardcore ten terrorists from strife torn Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest. Just a few days ago the Indian Army troopers have killed a most wanted Hizbul Mujhahiddeen terrorist Rashid Bhatt Moosa in Tral Kashmir.
The Amarnath Yatra is to start from first July and the government of J&K as well as the union government are making their best efforts to ensure hassle free Yatra for the convenience of the pilgrims.
A hit list of ten dreaded terrorists have been prepared by the union home ministry in connivance with defence minstry headed by Rajnath Singh, active in the valley who are under the lens and target of the para military forces and Army and are likely to be eliminated in the near future.
Home minister Amit Shah is hell bent upon eliminate terrorism from Jammu Kashmir and the BJP’s election menifesto of 2016 has also assured the countrymen of abrogating article 370 and section 35 A from J and K.
Meanwhile, on the ocassion of Eid there had been incidents of stone throwing at the army jawans on petrol duty in Kashmir valley and the people raised pro Pakistan ans ISI flags and slogans outside Juma Masjid in Srinagar Kashmir.
The pro Pakistan protestors were also holding the pictures of dreaded terrorist Musa and Burhaan Vani and raising slogans hailing them.
There has been an incident of terrorist attack as well in the valley in which a person have been killed.
The situation in Kashmir valley is deteriorating day by day and going out of hand.
Union Home minister Amit Shah after taking charge has made it his first priority issue and is working hard to eliminate the hard core pro Pakistan terrorists from Kashmir valley followed by applying control on the stone pelters who are provoked n enthused by the pro Pakistan organisations active in the valley.
Meanwhile the Commanding in Chief of Northern Command has revealed that about 86 terrorists have been gunned down this year and 20 ultras have been arrested with one brought into mainstream with the help of his parents.
The list of ten hardcore Lashkare Tayyebba, Hizhbul Mujahiddin and AlBadr terrorist organisations funded n patronised by Pakistan in Kashmir include Huzbul Mizahiddeen chief Riraz Ahmed Naiku, Ashraf Khan active in Srinagar, Meharajjidin in Baramulla, Dr. Saifulla in Srinagar, Azaz Ahmed Mullick in Kupwara and Arshid Ul Haque in Pulwama.
Lt. Genl Ranbir Singh said that the anti terrorists cobat operation will continue till the last until Kashmir fully returns to normalcyand cmpletely gets rid f the ultras.
Surat fire’s toll rises to 20. CM Vijay Rupani announces Rs 4 lakh as financial compensation for each of the dead
Shame on the Gujarat government and its administration that its chief minister Vijay Rupani has valued the life of a dead in Surat fire for merely Rs four lakhs.
The Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has announced Rs four lakh as compensation amount for the bereaved family of each of the dead in the massive fire in Surat Gujarat.
The toll till now has reached to 20 n several others seriously injured. Cases have been registered under relevant sections of IPC against the builder and the owner of the coaching centre for violating the building n fire rules/ by laws.
The furious and highly angered relatives n near n dear ones of the deads have raised anti Modi slogans when the Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani n the health minister reached the spot.
They’ve angerly argued n complained that the administration haven’t responded in time n adequately to save the lives of students trapped in this massive fire as number of the immolated students were constrained to jump from the top floor killing themselves on the spot.
There were not sufficient number of fire tenders and other equipments. The disaster management officials were conspicuous by their absence.
This apathetic behaviour n attitude of Surat administration has resulted in 20 deaths say the furious onlookers and the relatives of those who’d succumbed to fire injuries.
On the top of that the financial compensation announced by the state CM Vijay Rupani was merely Rs 4 lakh for each of the dead which is considered to be a tip of an iceberg or peanuts.
Souds immensely shocking that a government that has been accorded a historic majority by the people of the country n Gujarat exhibits so much of indecency n harsh behaviour towards the deads of the massive Surat fire. There is tremendous opposition n anger in the public for the extremely poor show in saving the fire victims n coming to their rescue in time.
Yeomen service by the volunteers of Uttranchal Bhratri Sewa Sanstha
The youth volunteers of Uttranchal Bhratra Sewa Sansthan based at ( in) Delhi are doing a novel job of cleansing the Nigam Bodh Ghat cremetorium at the Yamuna riverside in Delhi, situated opposite the famous historic old Hanuman Temple at Kinari Bazaar, just twenty minute walk from Kashmiri gate Bus terminus.
About two dozen volunteers wearing their organisations’ orange colured T shirt arrive at Nigam Bodh Ghat cremetorium usually on Sundays or on holidays with brooms n cleaners and dedicate themselves to clean the entire area to ensure that it becomes neat n clean devoid of rubbish n filth.
The selfless volunteers of this NGO/ social organisation also manage adequate sitting arrangements like community benches,water taps n other facilities etc from the donors who are approached by the volunteers of this organisation.
In these days of materialism and hectic involvement, when human beings are busy minting money n running behind comforts, selfless volunteers Uttaranchal Bhratra Sewa Sanstha are undoubtedly doing a yeomen service by keeping the Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium neat and clean n also providing amneties for the convenience of the people coming here for bidding last adieu to their near and dear ones. Such a selfless social service indeed deserve myriad appreciation.
According to one of the volunteers of this organisation Akhilesh Bhatt such activity and selfless service accords them immense internal satisfaction and pride to do something concrete for the place where one day each n every person has to come to bid final adieu to this materialistic world.
It may be recalled that hundreds of dead bodies arrive here on daily basis for performance of last rights according to the Hindu traditions.
The MCD n Delhi government in league with several socio religious organisations are looking after the maintenance and cleanliness of Nigam Bodh Ghat.
But despite the best efforts of the stakeholders it still gives a sorry look and the Yamuna river alongside is also extremely filthy n polluted.
Selfless social organisations like Uttaranchal Bhratra Sewa Sangathan volunteers are indeed a source of inspiration for others to follow suit n deserve kudos. They want to bring the Ghat to the standards of Haridwar ghat in the days to come.
Uttarakhandies has a sizeable population in Delhi and Nigam Bodh Ghat is also used by them to perform the last rights at the riverside of the ghat whereas other communities use the sheds n inner area to perform last rights here.
No trace of mysteriously disappeared 14 yr old Mohit Kathaith from Vaishali even after three days
A fourteen year old boy, student of class 9th of Police Modern School, Vaishali, Ghaziabad is missing for the last three days and his where abouts are still unknown.
Mohit has gone missing from Sector three Vaishali since 1st of May when he started for his school on foot at 8 AM as the school is hardly 1.25 kilometres away from his residence.
His mysterious dissapearence has raised doubts in the minds of his traumatic family members including his parents.
Son of father late Gambhir Singh Kathaith and mother Sarita Kathaith, Mohit was also carrying a mobile phone with him which is now going switched off. The number of his mobile phone is : 7838913388.
According to his widowed mother, after leaving for his school just after half an hour on May first morning probably at 8.30 AM Mohit had informed that he had reached the school.
But after confirming from the school authorities it was ascertained that Mohit had’nt come to school on 1st May, contrary to the statement of disappeared Mohit who according his mother had confirmed about reaching the school.
It however remains to be seen whether Mohit told the truth or he was lying.
However, Mohit’s mother who is a hapless widow, tried to contact him on his mobile phone, several times but it was shut down.
The confused and tormented widow Sarita Kathaith, thereafter tried their level best to search him at all the possible locations like his friends place and the homes of relatives, but of no avail.
Failing in their constant attempts to trace their mysteriously dissappeared son Mohit Kathaith who is still an adolescent the bothered mother n immediate relatives went to the police to request them lodge the FIR and energise their efforts to trace him but of no avail initially.
The local police informed the parents on 1st evening that a written report has been filed in the police post of Vaishali n that they are trying to search the missing boy but of no awail and finally on 2nd May evening the FIR regarding the missing 14 year old Mohit Kathaith was registered in the Indirapuram Police Station.
While the Indirapuram police is trying its best to search the missing 14 year Mohit, his relatives, near n dear ones n the neighbours are also trying hard to locate him but in vain.
Almost 72 hours has elapsed and there is no clue about mysteriously missing adolescent Mohit.
This certainly raise question mark on the so called efficiency and the apathy of the police authorities.
Had they been serious enough they could have traced him by now.
It may be recalled that similarly a 5 year old girl Kashish Rawat was mysteriously found missing four years ago from Ghaziabad and despite serious efforts by umpteen number of social organisations of Uttarakhand in Delhi n UP including lodging of FIR n handing over of the case to crime branch she is still at large which unambiguously speaks of the ignorance and apathetic attitude of the police authorities in searching mysteriously missing children in Ghaziabad location.
JUDICIARY IN JEOPARDY
It has been 70 odd years since the dawn of Independent India but hard to heed such a sensitive case against none other than the numero uno of Indian judiciary. What about the ordinary citizens like you and me. Who will be the savior of our democracy?
On April 20, 2019, Honourable CJI was maligned by a shameful sensitive sexual harassment allegation by none other than his colleague. After a tumulus high voltage drama of one and a half week, the plaintiff has decided to pull out of the case due to the shaky and frightening environment. Irrespective of truth, it is hard to heed such a sensitive case in the chapter Indian Judiciary history.
It is not the first time the image of judiciary tarnished, there are several instances in the past which hard to reveal the harsh reality. Be it V Ramaswami way back in 1993 for alleged corruption, in 2011 Calcutta high court judge Justice Soumitra Sen, guilty of financial misappropriation as a judge and misrepresentation of facts, in 2006 Nagarjuna Reddy of the high court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for misusing position to victimize a Dalit Judge. In a recent shocking event, another Calcutta High Court Judge Justice C S Karnan became the first sitting judge of a high court to be jailed for defamatory remarks against the judiciary, seems to be countless instances(PTI sources)
Now the big question arises why such defamatory allegations have been cropping up from time to time in Indian judiciary chapter. Does it mean because of a few handfuls of maligned citizens of India people won’t get an impartial and independent trial and hearing in their cases? No, a common man view and perspective won’t change. Still, people in India feel safe by speaking the sentence “I will see you in the court.”It is an august and unparallel system which always bodes well for all of us in crisis time. We urge our esteemed judiciary to introspect their shortcomings and adversaries in upcoming periods. It must try to reinstate the faith and fear of an ordinary Indian. As they say “Justice delayed is justice denied”.
Empowering the village children with quality education Kamala Gariya passes away. Our heartfelt tributes to a visionery woman
Why is it that people who are involved transparently n with utmost dedication to reform the society and educate children of the poor, economically deprived n marginalised classes of the society are called by the Almighty as such a young age especially when the mission of these pro active education volunteers remains’ incomplete.
One such dedicated and a visionery woman namely Kamala Gariya has unfortunately left for her eternal journey ( heavenly abode) leaving her selfless mission to depart quality education to the children of remote areas of the Uttarakhand hills in between.
However, she has passed the baton of her unfinished tasks to her husband Bharat Gariya and other dedicated teachers of a private school called Angel’s academy functioning at the distant rural area like Bageshwar’s Kapkot vicinity where twelve years ago the local village children were struggling hard to acknowledge quality english medium education at cheaper rates.
In the absence of education, especially the quality education, majority of the families of the surrounding villages were constrained to leave their villages thus shifting to local towns n metropolises.
Late Kamala Gariya, keeping in view the genuine requirement of a school to impart cheaper quality education opened a school known as Angels’ Academy which imparted quality education to hundreds of children now studying in good number of prestigious Navoday Schools, Sainik School Ghorakha n Himjyoti Dehradun.to seed higher education in various desciplines of their choice.
The school also ensures that the students are taught local languages, how to preserve their cultural n folk heritage including to be outstanding singers, actors n sportsmen in the near future.
It was due to the dedicated hard work, vision and enthusiasm of late educationist Kamala Gariya that schools like Angel’s academy are imparting quality founding education in the remotest corners of Uttarakhand where unfortunately government schools running with extra budgets are being closed for the lack of quality education.
The children of Angels’ Academy School also send Rakhies to the Armymen guarding our porous borders on Rakhabandhan days every year. Our heartfelt tributes to educationist Kamala Gariya.
Two Elephants crushed to death by Nanda Devi express in Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Two elephants were today morning crushed to death near Jamalpur Sitapur Railway gate at Haridwar Laksar railway line creating quite a sensation in the nearby localities.
These two elephants were crushed by the train when they were trying to cross the Railway lines.
The train Nanda Devi express was in full speed and the driver was’nt able to stop the train.
On acknowledging the information about two elephabts having been crushed to death by the speedy train, the forest department officials sprung into action.
According to the Jagran news flash the case under relevant sections have been filed against the railways n the train driver.
The group of hungry wild elephants usually cross the Jamalpur Sitapur’s populated areas in Haridwar in order to go to the nearby sugarcane n wheat fields to eat them in order to fulfil their hunger.
These elephants come out during the night to invade the sugarcane and wheat fields.
On 19th Friday morning these elephants were coming back after filling their bellies n were crossing the railway lines as usual at Jamalpur Sitapur area when all of a sudden a speeding Nanda Devi Express train crushed two elephants to death to the utter shock n dismay of the people of the area.
According to the ranger Dinesh Prasad Naudiyal the dead bodies of the elephants who were 15 years old have been sent for post mortem n necessary case of accidental death have been registered against the train driver.
This is not the first time that elephants have died in train accidents. It’s almost a regular feature. The forest department should do something concrete and credible to safeguard the lives of these endangered spieces.
Tragic demise of a 24 year old budding musician Aman Negi. Was legendary singer Rahiji’s grandson.
I am deeply shocked to learn about the tragic sad demise of 24 year old young Aman Negi, grandson of the Uttarakhand’s singing legend late Chandra Singh Rahiji.
There can be no big n harsh tragedy than this. It’s literary a “Havoc,”/ disaster to the entire family of late Chandra Singh Rahiji.
Highly talented Aman was a young musician n a tabla player for whom a bright career was in the pipe line.
His father Satyendra Singh Negi, too is a renowned musician and promoter/ preserver of Uttarakhand’s folk songs, music n cultural heritage having presented hundreds of musical programmes n evenings in Delhi, Uttarakhand, in various states of the country, including abroad.
Late Aman’s uncles Veerendra Negi n Rakesh Bharadwaj too are highly talented and popular musicians n singers.
Uttarakhand is indeed indebted to legendary singer, musician n lyricist late Chandra Singh Rahiji.
In the tragic death of young Aman Negi, Uttarakhand n the music fraternity of Delhi has lost a budding musician and the family a most affectionate son who’d left for his eternal journey at such a young age without seeing anything.
I can understand the trauma n pain being faced by late Aman’s parents, especially his grief striken mother n other family members.
I on behalf of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum expresse my heartfelt condolences n tributes to the bereaved family n the departed soul n pray to Almighty to rest the pious soul in peace.
My heart goes with the deeply greaved family in this hour of grave crisis.
I have been given to understand that Aman Negi met his sad end on the way while heading for lucknow with three of his friends having met a severe accident.
He was creamated at Nigam Bodh Ghat this morning. I missed to be there to pay my tributes to the young departed soul as I am in Uttarakhand.
Om Shanti. May the Almighty be with the grief striken family, always.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum
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