Category: Politics

A Post on the Genuineness of Prophet Mohammed’s Father on Yukthivadi Malayalam Facebook Page Sees Kerala Muslim Sects at Fury.

A post on Yukthivadi page in Malayalam on Facebook challenged the common belief about Ahmad being the prophet’s biological father.  This post, along with a few more Islam related posts, was shared by a youth named Bibin Mohan from Vandithadam township of Idukki district, that had the very popular tourist terrain, Munnar.  Vandithadam Jama’at Committee mobilized popular flare up against the post on which effect the post was repealed by the youth. Later the youth was summoned by the local police to register a case on him under the pressing demand by Muslim organisations around. Later Bibin was released on account of self station-bail.

But the committee didn’t want to go soft on this and they demonstrated a protest march in the township of Vandithadam and  half a day hartal was asked to observe. The town saw  a dharna too today  where the protesters asked for the arrest of the amins on the Yukthivadi Malayalam page.

The admins of Yukthivadi  later posted on their Facebook page that they would not take back the post  and were ready to face the consequences.

NCERT books – A lesson in how not to make text books – It is fast becoming an agent of hindutwa and a national disaster too –

In its anxiety to conform to the “Hindutva” view of the past, NCERT seems to have blurred the distinction between myth and history. The history textbooks recently released by it are not only biased but also reminiscent of the out-of-date historical writing of a century ago, say “Marxist” historians, who have analysed these books.

“From the days of Ramayana India had close links with Sri Lanka,” says NCERT’s new class VI textbook India and the World.The incident of Rama’s invasion of Sri Lanka and the killing of its ruler Ravana figures in no history of Sri Lanka; nor, for that matter, is the story recognised as historical even in the textbook under review, points out historian Irfan Habib. “How can then Indo-Sri Lankan relations have begun with the Ramayana?” he asks.

“Hills and mountains are also given sanctity by Hinduism. Mount Kailasa and Vaikuntha (the abode of Siva and Vishnu) and rivers such as Ganga, Saraswati and Kaveri are considered holy,” says the book.”One needs to go to China to revere Kailasa, but how does one go to Mount Vaikuntha (paradise)?” wonders Habib.

According to him, the books try to project the Indian civilisation as having its sole fountainhead in the “Vedic civilisation”, which has been shown to embrace the Indus civilisation as well. In the class XI book Ancient India, the cow is said to be “aghanya” (not to be killed) but no reference is made to “goghna” (the killing of cow for a special person), points out historian Romila Thapar. Similarly, the class VI book says, “Vedas prescribe punishment for injuring or killing the cow by expulsion from the kingdom or by death penalty, as the case may be.”

Where precisely these punishments are mentioned is not stated, points out Habib, adding that the statement occurs not in the Vedas but in the much later sutras/smritis.
The class XI book on ancient India says the glaring evil of the jati system was untouchability. “But untouchability was tied to varna and not to jati. This is another attempt to disallow any tarnishing of the brahmanical systems,” says Thapar.

The same book says that the “nishka” was a coin”; 10 pages later it says there is no evidence of the use of coins in the later Vedic age.”Yet it is also said that money-lending was in vogue. The two statements contradict each other,” observes Thapar.

According to the books, all substantive scientific discoveries — from zero and decimal placement of numerals to heliocentric astronomy — were already made in the “Vedic Civilisation”.

The fact, according to critics, is that when the art of writing was unknown, positional values could not just have been given to the digits. In the Brahmi script, until the 6th century AD there was no symbol for zero.

One of the books says that the Vedic people knew that the earth moves on its own axis and around the sun”. The fact, according to critics, is that Ayrabhatta, who came many centuries later, was the first astronomer in India to present this hypothesis as this textbook itself notes on a subsequent page.

The Class XI book on ancient India says Pushyamitra’s assassination of Brihadratha is the only one in Indian history. It forgets Ajatashatru or the five parricides of that period, says Thapar. The attempt is to show that the crime of regicide was brought in by Muslims, feels Habib.

The class VI book says, “At the time of Alexander’s attack, Indian kings behaved cowardly (sic) and indifferently. This hurt Chanakya deeply and filled him with anger. To defend the country and to get rid of the weak rulers, Chanakya encouraged his students to raise an army…”.

Observes Habib: “Such patriotic sentiments that are attributed to Chanakya do not occur even in the traditional lore (for example in ‘Mudrarakshasa’) and are apparently taken from a TV serial.”

യുക്തിവാദി പേജിന് മുസ്ലീം തീവ്രവദ ഭീഷണി, പേജ് അഡ്മിനു ലഭിച്ച അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും തീവ്രവാദ സന്ദേശവും സൈബർ സെല്ലിനു കൈമാറി ~

~തിരുവനന്തപുരം : സമൂഹമാധ്യമങ്ങളിൽ വളരെ സജീവമായ മതവിമർശന വേദിയായ ”യുക്തിവാദി” പേജ് തുടർച്ചയായ മതവിരുദ്ധ നിലപാടുകളിലൂടെ ഓൺലൈനിൽ ഏറെ ചർച്ച ചെയ്യപ്പെടുന്ന ഒന്നാണ്. പേജിന് എൺപതിനായിരത്തിൽപ്പരം അനുഗാമികളും, പോസ്റ്റു ഷെയറിങ്ങിലൂടെ പത്തുലക്ഷത്തിനും ഇരുപതുലക്ഷത്തിനും ഇടയിയുള്ള ആളുകളിലേക്ക് പ്രതിവാര എത്തിച്ചേരലും ഉണ്ട്.

ഇതിലെ അഡ്മിനു വരുന്ന ഇത്തരം സന്ദേശങ്ങൾ സാധാരണ അവഗണിക്കുകയാണ് പതിവ്. എന്നാൽ സംശയത്തിന് ഇടവരുന്ന ഒരു വ്യക്തിഗത അക്കൗണ്ടിൽ നിന്ന് ആണ് സന്ദേശം ഇത്തവണ എത്തിയത്. സൈബർ സെല്ലിന് അയച്ച പരാതിയിൽ തങ്ങളുടെ സുരക്ഷയെക്കാളുപരി, ഇത് മറ്റു രീതിയിലുള്ള അന്വേഷണങ്ങൾക്ക് സഹായകരമാണോ, ഇത് കൂടുതലായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട പോലീസ് അന്വേഷണത്തിന് വിധേയമാക്കേണ്ടി വരുമോ എന്നീ കാര്യങ്ങൾ പരിശോധിക്കാനാണ് പേജിന്റെ അഡ്മിൻ  പ്രത്യേക വിഭാഗ പോലീസിനോട് അഭ്യർഥിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്.  കേരളത്തിൽ മുസ്ലീം തീവ്രവാദ സെല്ലുകൾ സജീവമാണ് എന്നു സൂചനകൾ പുറത്തുവരുന്ന സാഹചര്യത്തിലാണ് യുക്തിവാദി പേജിന്റെ അഡ്മിൻ ഇത്തരമൊരു പരാതി പ്രത്യേകമായി നൽകാൻ തയ്യാറായത് എന്നു സൂചിപ്പിച്ചു.

പേജിനു വന്ന ഭീഷണികത്തും, ആ സന്ദേശം അയച്ച അക്കൗണ്ടിലുള്ള അതിതീവ്ര നിലപാടുകളും, ചില തീവ്രവാദ സംഘടയിലേക്ക് ഈ അക്കൗണ്ടിലുള്ള കണ്ണികളും സ്‌ക്രീൻ ഷോട്ടു രൂപത്തിൽ പരാതിയോടൊപ്പം സൈബർ സെല്ലിനു അഡ്മിൻ കൈമാറിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. തിരുവനന്തപുരം ആസ്ഥാനമായുള്ള സൈബർ സെൽ ആസ്ഥാനത്തേയ്ക്കാണ് പരാതി നൽകിയിട്ടുള്ളത്.

BJP Has The Highest Number Of Lawmakers With Cases Of Crimes Against Women : 51 MPs And MLAs Have Declared Cases Of Crime Against Women ~

As many as 51 MPs and MLAs have declared cases of crime against women, including of alleged rape and abduction, a study said on Wednesday.

Of the 51, 48 are Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and three are Members of Parliament (MPs), said a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation working for electoral reforms.

Giving party-wise details, the study stated that among various recognised parties, the BJP has the highest number of MPs and MLAs (14), followed by the Shiv Sena (7) and the All India Trinamool Congress (6) who have declared cases related to crime against women.

“There are 51 MPs and MLAs who have declared cases of crime against women such as charges related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, rape, husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty, buying minor for purposes of prostitution and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman,” the ADR study said.

ADR and National Election Watch have analysed 4,852 out of 4,896 election affidavits of current MPs and MLAs. This includes 774 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4,078 out of 4,120 MLAs from all the states of India.

Out of the analysed 1,581 (33%) MPs and MLAs with declared criminal cases, 51 have declared cases related to crimes against women, it said.

Besides, 334 candidates analysed who had declared cases related to crime against women were given tickets by recognised political parties, ADR said in the study.

Among these candidates, 40 were given tickets by parties for Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha elections. Various recognised parties have given tickets to 294 candidates with cases related to crime against women for state assembly elections.

It added that the analysed 122 independent candidates with declared cases related to crime against women had contested for the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha and state assembly elections in the last five years.

In the last five years, 19 independent candidates with declared cases related to crime against women contested in the LS and RS elections. Similarly, 103 independent candidates with declared cases related to crime against women contested in the state assembly polls.

The study further said that among major parties, over the last five years, 48 candidates with declared cases related to crime against women were given tickets by the BJP.

The second highest number of candidates (36) who had declared cases related to crime against women were given tickets by the BSP, followed by 27 candidates from the INC which had contested for LS/RS and state assemblies elections.

Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs and MLAs (12) who have declared cases of crime against women, followed by West Bengal (11) and Odisha (6).

Also, among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of candidates (65) in the last five years, followed by Bihar (62) and West Bengal (52) (including independents) who were given tickets by political parties even though they declared cases related to crime against women in their affidavits, the study added.

Letter written by the raped gril to Prime Minister Vajpayee in 2002 ~ ”I have considerable influence with governments. Chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and Central Ministers come to pay obeisance to me.”

The following letter from a young victim of the Gurmit Ram Rahim to the Prime Minister of India was published in ‘Desh Sewak’ on 09-25-2002. It details the misery these helpless young women live in throughout these deras.

Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, New Delhi,

I am a girl hailing from Punjab State. I have been serving as a ‘Sadhwi’ in ‘Dera Sacha Sauda’, Sirsa (Haryana) for the last five years. Beside me, there are hundreds of others girl here, who serve for 18 hours daily.

But we are sexually exploited here. The ‘Dera Maharaj’ Gurmit Singh rapes the girls in the ‘dera’. I am a graduate. My family has blind faith in the ‘Maharaj’ (Gurmit Singh). It was at my family’s bidding that I became a ‘Sadhwi’. Two years after I became a ‘Sadhwi’, a special woman-disciple of Maharaj Gurmit Singh came to me one night at 10′ o’ clock and said that the Maharaj had summoned me to his room. I felt elated that Maharaj himself sent for me. I was going to him for the first time. After climbing the stairs, when I went into his room, I saw that he was holding a remote in his hand and was watching a blue film on the TV. Beside his pillow on the bed, lay a revolver. Seeing all this, I was frightened and became nervous. I had never imagined that Maharaj was a man of this type. Maharaj switched off the TV and seated me beside him. He offered me water and said that he had called me because he considered me very close to him. This was my first experience.

Maharaj took me in his embrace and said that he loved me from the core of his heart. He also said that he wanted to make love with me. He told me that at the time of becoming his disciple, I had dedicated my wealth, body and soul to him and he had accepted my offering. When I objected he said, “There is no doubt that I am God.” When I asked if God also indulges in such acts, he shot back:

1. Sri Krishna too was God and he had 360 ‘gopis’ (milkmaids) with whom he enacted ‘Prem Lila’ (love drama). Even then people regarded him as God. So there is nothing to be surprised at it.

2. I can kill you with this revolver and bury you here.
The members of your family are my devoted followers and they have blind faith in me. You know it very well that members of your family cannot go against me.

3. I have considerable influence with governments also. Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and central Ministers come to pay obeisance to me. Politicians take help from us. They cannot take any action against me. We will get the members of your family dismissed from govt. jobs and I will get them killed by my ‘Sewadars’ (servants). We will leave no evidence of their murder. You know that earlier also we got the ‘dera’ Manager Fakir Chand killed by goondas. His murder remains untraced till this day. The ‘dera’ has a daily income of one crore rupees with which we can buy leaders, police and the judges.

After this, the Maharaj raped me. The Maharaj has been doing this with me for the last three years. My turn comes after every 25-30 days. Now I have learnt that before me too, the Maharaj had been raping the girls he had summoned. Most of these women are now 35 to 40 years old and they are past the age of marriage. They have no other option but to remain in the ‘dera’.

Most of the girls are educated – B.A., M.A., B.Ed, etc. But they are living a life of hell in the ‘dera’, simply because the members of their families have blind faith in the Maharaj. We wear white clothes, tie a scarf on the head, cannot even look at men and as per Maharaj’s commands, and talk with men from a distance of 5-10 feet. To the people we look like ‘devis’ (goddesses), but we are living like harlots. This time I tried to tell my family that all was not well at the ‘dera’. But they rebuked me saying that there was no better place than the ‘dera’ for here they were in the company of God (Maharaj). They said that I had formed a bad notion about the ‘dera’ and that I should recite the name of ‘Satguru’. I am helpless here because I have to obey every command of the Maharaj. No girl is permitted to talk with another, according to the commands of the Maharaj.

Girls are not permitted to talk to their families even on the telephone. If any girl talks about the reality of the ‘dera’, she is punished according to Maharaj’s commands. Sometimes ago, a Bhatinda girl revealed the wrong doings of the Maharaj. At this, all the women disciples gave her a sound thrashing. Because of a fracture in the backbone, she is now bed-ridden. Her father gave up the service in the ‘dera’ and went home. For fear of the Maharaj and his own disgrace, he is not revealing anything.

Similarly, a Kurukshetra girl has also left the ‘dera’ and has gone home. When she narrated the events in the ‘dera’ to her family, her brother who worked in the ‘dera’ gave up his job. When a Sangrur girl left the ‘dera’, went home and narrated the wrong-doings in the ‘dera’ to the people, the dera’s armed Sewadars/ hooligans reached the girl’s house and threatened to kill her and warned her not to leak anything about the ‘dera’.

Similarly girls from Mansa, Ferozepur, Patiala and Ludhiana districts are afraid of revealing anything about the ‘dera’. Although they have left the ‘dera’, yet they do not say anything for fear of loosing their lives. Similarly, girls from Sirsa, Hissar, Fatehabad, Hanuman Garh and Meerutdisclose as to what happened to them in the ‘dera’.
If I reveal my name,I and my family will be killed. I want to reveal this truth for the benefit of the common man, because I cannot bear all this tension and harassment. My life is in danger. If a probe is conducted by the press or some govt. agency, 40 to 50 girls living in the ‘dera’ will come forward to reveal the truth. We can also be medically examined to find out whether we are still celibate disciples or not. If we are no longer virgins, the matter should be gone into to find out who has violated our chastity.

The truth will then come out that Maharaj Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh of ‘Sacha Sauda’ has ruined our lives.


Triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan faces social boycott, character assassination ~ All the ridicule and criticism has not affected Ishrat Jahan who going to continue her crusade for justice and gender equality ~

~ Kolkata : Ishrat Jahan had thought the Supreme Court’s verdict declaring instant triple talaq unconstitutional will put an end to her ordeals. But little did she know that it will be the start of another fight battling social boycott and insinuations.
The braveheart who fought poverty and criticism to petition the country’s apex court against instant triple talaq is being ostracised by her in-laws and neighbours in Howrah’s Pilkhana.
Ishrat Jahan, who is being hailed as an icon of social justice and gender equality throughout the country, is at the receiving end of a smear campaign, insinuations and character assassination in her own neighbourhood since Tuesday after Supreme Court declared instant triple talaq unconstitutional. Jahan whose husband divorced her in 2014 over the phone from Dubai was one of the five petitioners, whose plea to the apex court prompted the instant triple talaq verdict.
“Ever since the Supreme Court verdict has come in it has opened floodgates of expletives, insulting remarks and comments targeted at my character assassination from my neighbours and in-laws. I have to hear words like gandi aurat (bad woman), enemy of men and unislamic. Many neighbours have even stopped speaking to me,” Jahan told TOI on Thursday.
Jahan stays in Howrah’s Pilkhana near Dobson Road. She has been staying in the house since 2004 that her husband had purchased from the dowry she had brought at the time of marriage in 2004. Her husband’s elder brother and his family also live in the same house.
“I am shocked, sad and I feel unsafe staying in this house. After such a long battle I don’t have any strength left to fight these people. I want to focus on my four children now,” said Jahan who has now mustered the courage to remove her naqab and show her face to the world.

“I realised that I am not a victim anymore. I want other women to see me and understand that if an ordinary woman like me can fight for her rights, so can they,” said Jahan, explaining the reason why she decide to remove her naqab.
Even Ishrat’s lawyer Nazia Ilahi Khan is being trolled online for fighting the case successfully. “Mere judgement by a court will not change the society. It will change the attitude of the people. In my case they have become even more hostile mocking and ridiculing me. The change has to come from within the community. When people decide that they are going to help a vulnerable and helpless woman instead of her character assassination, no woman will suffer my fate,” said Jahan.
But all the ridicule and criticism has not affected the braveheart who going to continue her crusade for justice and gender equality. “My children have been out of school for the past four years since I did not have the money to afford their education. I am going to file a case seeking maintenance and expenses for my children’s education. This is the birth right of my children,” said Jahan.

Historian Romila Thapar is under attack yet again by Sangh Parivar — This time it breathing fire on her latest book on nationalism

In her new book, Ms Thapar has stated that nationalism cannot be reduced merely to waving flags and shouting slogans and penalising people for not shouting slogans like Bharat Mata ki Jai.

Seething over her observations, the RSS mouthpiece, Organiser, which described Ms Thapar as “queen bee of highbrow intellectualism of divisive Left,” targeted her saying, “Thapar is far from surprise to those who understand the phoney communist character of her intellectual politics.”

Targeting the latest brand of nationalism, Ms Thapar said, “Sloganeering or flag waving smack of a lack of confidence among those making the demand for slogans.”

Of course this has gone against the nationalist spirit of the Sangh. The mouthpiece said, “This time, she has produced another stinky logic of provincialising the otherwise wide-ranging cultural nationalism or Hindutva.”

Hitting out at Ms Thapar, the Organiser wrote in its cover story — Nation for Naysayers — “In the post-Independence era, historians like Thapar were nurtured by the Congress and were established as intellectuals only to ensure that they echo the political programme of this power mongering party through their divisive theories and intellectual activism so that the most legitimate cultural interests of the Hindu society gets nullified from general cognizance.”

Ms Thapar in her book which is a compilation of essays by Thapar, lawyer A.G. Noorani and cultural commentator Sadanand Menon, has said, “In India we distinguish between secular anti-colonial nationalism that was the mainstay of the national freedom movement and the other movements that called themselves nationalism but were doubtful as such and were correctly religious or communal nationalism that drew their identity from individual religions, such as Muslims, Hindu and Sikh nationalisms.”

It Takes Willful Leaders To Respect Human Rights: Delhi govt imposes blanket ban on manual cleaning of sewers, offenders to be booked under culpable homicide

Delhi social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Monday announced a blanket ban on manual cleaning of sewers and warned that anyone found violating the rule will be booked under culpable homicide.

He also said that a committee had been formed to find out the best possible ways or machines to clean the gutters, within 15 days.

The directions came after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday called a high-level meeting over deaths during sewer cleaning, which was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi PWD minister Satyendar Jain and Gautam, along with officials of the departments concerned.

“It was decided in the meeting that no person will be allowed to go inside the gutter for sewer cleaning under any circumstances. There will be a complete ban on it. We will also put up hoardings in this regard,” Gautam told reporters.

“It is very unfortunate and shameful that people are losing their lives while cleaning sewers manually in the country’s capital,” the minister said, adding there were “standing instructions” that sewer drains should not be cleaned manually, but people were not adhering to the norms.

“From noow on, if any contractor or the engineer is found getting the sewer lines or tanks cleaned manually, he will be booked under culpable homicide instead of negligence,” Gautam said.

He said that earlier also he had issued instructions for putting up hoardings discouraging manual cleaning of sewers but that was not followed properly and another incident happened.

A man died while cleaning a sewer tank in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital of the Delhi Government on Sunday, while three others were injured. It is the 10th such death in Delhi in just over a month.

The minister also said that a committee comprising CEO-Delhi Jal Board, Chairman-New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Commissioner-South Delhi Municipal Corporation had been formed to find out the best practices adopted or the best machines being used in other countries across the world to clean sewer lines.

“They will submit their report in 15 days which will be tabled before the Lieutenant Governor in the next meeting,” he said.

He added that on several occasions, it was found that people privately hired labourers to clean sewer tanks at their houses or at shopping malls and mishaps occurred.

“I have asked the authorities concerned to make a proper list of such people who manually clean sewer. I have also ask the Jal Board to display a contact number on the hoardings, so that people can call on that number and ask for help if any sewer line or tank is to be cleaned instead of directly hiring the labourers,” Gautam said.

On 12 August, two brothers died of suffocation while cleaning a septic pit at a mall in Shahdara in east Delhi. On 6 August, three persons died after inhaling toxic gases while cleaning a sewer in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi.

On 15 July, four persons had died after inhaling poisonous gases as they entered a water harvesting tank in Ghitorni in south Delhi.

The Barbaric Act Of Female Genital Mutilation Exists In Kerala, India’s Most Literate State

One might’ve thought Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is not prevalent in India anymore but as it turns out, that’s far from true.

Girls as young as 6-9 years of age are forced to go through the painful, life-threatening procedure. In India, only the Dawoodi Bohra community was believed to be practicing this ancient technique. But a recent investigation by Aarefa Johari and Aysha Mahmood from Sahiyo, a collective fighting against FGM, revealed that a community in Kerala has been following this practice as well.
Sahiyo found a medical clinic in Kozhikode (Calicut) where two doctors admitted that they perform the procedure of ‘sunnath’, or circumcision, on both boys and girls. The investigation was conducted when Sahiyo got a tip about the clinic.

The procedure is performed by an ‘ozathy,’ a traditional cutter without proper medical training or sanitization. According to the report, a small clinic in Kozhikode, run by a doctor known for performing male circumcisions, admitted to practicing ‘sunnath’ on girls as well.
During the investigation, a woman from Sahiyo posed as someone who was in need of ‘sunnath’. Upon reaching the clinic, she asked if they perform it. The lady doctor at the clinic admitted to the availability of such a procedure. She also added:
“The practice involves ‘cutting the foreskin of the clitoris’ to increase sexual pleasure, and that it is ‘good for married life.’ It is not compulsory, but if your mother-in-law has told you to do it, then it is compulsory for you, you have to get it done.”

When they spoke to the male doctor who performs ‘sunnath’ on young girls, he said:
“The practice is mentioned in four or five Hadiths, or Islamic texts containing the teachings of the Prophet. You should read up about it, this is also done in Saudi, Egypt and Africa.”
“But these days a lot of women prefer to get it done for themselves immediately after delivering their baby when they’re also getting other stitches to their vagina. That way they have to deal with two pains in one go,” he added.

The investigation brings to light the fact that an archaic tradition which was on the decline is now widely being practiced in India’s most literate state.
According to WHO, the partial or full cutting of the clitoris such as the practice of sunnath falls under Type 1 form of FGM, also known as clitoridectomy.
The community that practices the illegal procedure claims there are major health benefits, including increased sexual pleasure. But in reality, it interferes with the natural functioning of a woman’s body and puts her at risk of various infections throughout her life.

The practice is deep-rooted in religious beliefs and the five Hadiths that the male doctor mentioned during the investigation. Since the texts were written in ancient times, no pronouns were used. Therefore, it became applicable to both men and women and has been used to support FGM as well.
According to the hadith narrated by al-Bukhaari (5889) and Muslim (257) from Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said:
“The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the fitrah – circumcision, shaving the pubes, cutting the nails, plucking the armpit hairs, and trimming the moustache.”

No one knows how much of it is actually an ancient text supporting a ridiculous practice like this. However, many Islamic scholars and leaders have denied, and on multiple occasions, condemned it. But a lot of communities practice FGM regardless.

In a personal account on Sahiyo, a Bohri woman recounts how she was circumcised at the young age of 5. It’s not only barbaric but inhumane and a violation of basic human rights. There are women across the globe who’ve been through the same ordeal just because some religious text was twisted to suit the interests of a few men.
It’s a heinous crime against women, and it’s time we ended it.

Independence. Really? Telangana woman stood up for Dalits, pays price: fine on anyone who speaks to her

The land is located between fields owned by Reddy landlords, who objected to a Dalit walking through their fields. “Elders of the Reddy community exerted a lot of pressure on me to revoke the lease,” Indira said.

For the last three weeks, a woman has been socially boycotted by the Reddy community in her village after she gave a statement to police in favour of a Dalit farmer in a case under the SC/ST Atrocities Act. The woman, Sama Indira, herself belongs to the Reddy community. The Reddy Sangam of Mallaram village in Rajanna Sircilla district, Telangana, has reportedly imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone who speaks to or interacts with Indira, who lives alone.

When her brother Venkat Reddy came to meet her a few days ago, the Reddy Sangam allegedly intimidated him and forced him to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 for defying its diktat. Indira’s troubles began after she had given a portion of her land on lease to a Dalit farmer, Kompalli Lakshmi. The land is located between fields owned by Reddy landlords, who objected to a Dalit walking through their fields. “Elders of the Reddy community exerted a lot of pressure on me to revoke the lease,” Indira said.

“They harassed me mentally. saying that as a Reddy I should keep the community’s interests above anything else. I refused, saying Lakshmi and her family have been taking my land on lease for 10-12 years, and that they were close to me. I gave this particular piece of land on lease recently, and some of the Reddy landlords are objecting because they have land surrounding it. When I refused to cancel the lease, they issued a diktat to boycott me. Since then no one in the village has spoken to me or come to my house. The Reddys have stopped inviting me to their functions and religious ceremonies. Members of other communities, including SC/STs, too are avoiding me for fear of offending the Reddy Sangam. I cry every day because of this isolation and mental torture.”

Two weeks ago, Lakshmi’s paddy crop on one acre was ready for harvest when someone cut and destroyed the entire crop and buried the paddy about half a kilometre away. When Lakshmi and her family found out, they went to village sarpanch Venkatesh Goud’s office. Indira, who accompanied her, alleged that Reddy Sangam members abused Lakshmi in the name of her Madiga caste, also abused Indira, and asked them to get out of the panchayat office.

Lakshmi lodged a police complaint under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, alleging that she was targeted and abused particularly because of her caste. “When police came to inquire, I gave a statement how they abused Lakshmi and her caste. They claimed I was working against my own community and issued the diktat to boycott me,” Indira said.

Indira lodged a police complaint Saturday against the fine being imposed on anyone talking to her. Circle Inspector of Vemulawada Rural C Madhavi said that based on Indira’s complaint, they have registered a case against nine persons of the Reddy Sangam. “We have seized from them Rs 20,000 that they had taken as fines and deposited it in court. Three FIRs have been issued — one under the SC/ST Atrocities law, one for destroying the crop of the SC family and one lodged by Indira against the boycott diktat,” Madhavi said.

“While the law will take its course, we have issued a strong warning to the Reddy Sangam members to revoke the boycott and stop harassing the woman. We are arranging a meeting of both parties with Revenue Divisional Officer (Sircilla) to discuss and sort out the issue amicably.” The village, 4 km from Vemulawada, has about 300 members of the Reddy community and 400 of other communities.

Reddy Sangam’s president Sangireddy Tirupati Reddy says Indira deliberately gave a piece of her land that was between Reddy fields to an SC family to instigate and insult the Reddy owners of surrounding fields. “Although the one acre belongs to Indira’s family, it was in dispute for some time. To get back at two Reddy landlords, she deliberately gave it on lease to a Madiga family knowing that it would cause problems,’’ Tirupati Reddy said.

The Reddy Sangam president and vice president, Sama Malla Reddy, refused to discuss allegations about the social boycott of Indira and abuse of Lakshmi and her family. The investigating officer in the social boycott case, sub-inspector K Rajasekhar, said nine persons have been named in the FIR including the Reddy Sangam president and vice-president. “The case is under investigation and no arrests have been made yet,” he said. The SC/ST Atrocities Act case is being investigated by deputy SP A Chandrasekhar.

Telangana woman stood up for Dalit, pays price: fine on anyone who speaks to her