Muslim women have right to invoke extra-judicial divorce : Kerala High Court

Kochi: Overruling a nearly five-decade judgment, the Kerala High Court has restored the rights of Muslim women for divorce without resorting to judicial proceedings. A division bench of the high court pronounced the judgment in a bunch of cases that arose out of different proceedings before the family courts seeking varied relief. The bench overruled a 1972 ruling of the single bench of the court barring Muslim women from resorting to extra-judicial modes of dissolving marriage. Noting that the Holy Quran recognises the right to divorce equally for both men…

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Muezzin slapped for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in West Bengal

New Delhi: A 54-year-old muezzin was allegedly slapped by an unidentified youth for refusing to chant Jai Shri Ram in West Bengal’s Hoogly district. Mohammed Sufiuddin said that he was accosted by three motorcycle-borne youths and asked to chant the slogan when he was riding a bicycle from his home to the mosque on Wednesday around 3.45 am. ”I told them about my religious identity and requested them not to force me to chant the slogan. At this, one of the youths slapped me hard and I fell down with my…

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Ambedkar is not a personality but a movement, which calls for social and economic justice and self-respect, says ex IPS

Gandhi, in a conversation with Vallabhbhai Patel, had said, ”What will happen to we Hindus if Harijan goons unite with Muslim goons.” Chicago/New Delhi: Retired IPS officer Bijendra Singh and Dr M. Qutubuddin, the former president of American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) along with others shed light on Dr Ambedkar’s teachings at a webinar held on the occasion of his birth anniversary on 14 April. ”Ambedkar is not a personality but  a movement, which calls for social and economic justice and self-respect as well,” Mr Singh said. He…

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