Mathura court denies bail to journalist Siddique Kappan

New Delhi: A Mathura court on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of journalist Siddique Kappan who was picked up by the UP Police in September 2020 when he was on the way to a village in Hathras district where a Dalit woman was raped and beaten by certain upper-caste men. Additional Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey referred to the alleged material collected against him during the investigation carried out to deny him bail. He noted that the allegation against Kappan is that he, along with the co-accused committed acts that…

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COVID-19 and Muslim women education : Community-led intervention need of the hour

By Ashiya Parveen The controversy over Malala Yousufzai’s statement on marriage shifted the focus away from the major cause that the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Muslim has been passionately fighting for – girls’ education. Her concern and restlessness for the cause that dominated her interview with the British Vogue served as a reminder to revisit the educational status of the Muslim women, specifically amidst disproportionate impact of the pandemic on female education. Following the spread of the COVID-19, educational institutions in India switched to online learning. But social inequalities…

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Maha Congress urges CM, Dy CM to restore Muslim quotas

Mumbai: Former Minister and Maharashtra Congress Working President Naseem Khan on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to take immediate steps to restore the 5 percent quotas for the Muslim community. In a letter, Khan said that the reservations in education and jobs were given by the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime in 2014, as per the recommendations of various Central panels on the issue. “The quotas were not based on religion but on socio-educational-economic backwardness, and granted vide an Ordinance on July 19,…

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Israel’s measures of displacing Palestinians illegal: EU

RAMALLAH: The European Union (EU) said that Israel’s measures of displacing the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and demolishing their homes “are illegal and lead to more violence”. In a statement issued on Monday, the EU mission in Palestine said that the Israeli authorities demolished last week a Palestinian store in the al-Bustan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, reports Xinhua news agency. Saying the Israeli authorities gave demolition orders to owners of several other buildings and another 20 homes, the statement added more than 1,000 Palestinians who live in the neighbourhood of…

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Can a non-Muslim be forcibly converted to become Muslim in Islam?

By Maulana Arshad Madani Nowadays, there are rumors in social media and newspapers that Non- Muslims have been forcibly converted to become Muslim. The nuisance creators are making noise in this regard. But these nuisance creators do not see that whether anyone in India at this time has the power to forcibly convert Hindus to Muslim? And whether he/she will become muslim, if forcibly converted to do so. Because, to become a Muslim is basically believing in one God (Allah) from the heart and to consider Prophet Muhammad (peace be…

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