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Triple Talaq: Indian Muslim women often have very little say in the nikah-nama

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Only in our subcontinent do the Muslim girls and their families have to bend over backwards to please boys. The ‘proper’ way ahead would be to have a standard marriage agreement or nikah-nama that ensures the basic rights of a bride are not curbed.
Read the full piece here: http://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/triple-talaq-indian-muslim-women-often-have-very-little-say-in-the-nikah-nama/story-op8YyzxY5IJsoe41vauksI.html

DNA- Faith Page

Triple Talaq debate: Can something sinful in the eyes of God be lawful?

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While Islam empowers us, the patriarchy dis-empowers us. And this is the essence of the fight on triple talaq.
Read the full piece here: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-triple-talaq-debate-can-something-sinful-in-the-eyes-of-god-be-lawful-2436673

Daily-O

How a group of women stirred up a silent revolution this Ramzan

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Towards the start of Ramzan, a group of 12 women hosted an interfaith iftar party for about 70 people. Most of the guests had never been to a Muslim house or iftar before. All the food was lovingly cooked in-house and doors thrown open for strangers. It wasn’t just the guests who were strangers, but also the 12 co-hosts. It was a truly community-driven voluntary event executed entirely through WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. A diverse group of Muslim women — writers, bikers, pilots, bloggers, journalists, lawyers and food and IT entrepreneurs — coming together without knowing each other for a cause. It showed that all the socially conscious citizens felt the urgent need to reach out in today’s times.
The word spread. Women from Guwahati, Mumbai, Hyderabad also joined in the nation-wide silent revolution. Each place had its own local customs and flavours incorporated. While the ladies from Delhi wore gharara and served biryani for dinner, the ones from Hyderabad were in gorgeous sarees and scarves and dished out haleem. More from Bhopal, Pune, Dehradun and Bangalore tried to execute similar iftars.
Read the full piece here: https://www.dailyo.in/politics/eid-interfaith-iftar-oarty-facebook-guwahati-hyderabad-mumbai-delhi/story/1/18011.html

News-18

Let us Worry About The Real Pain

OPINION | Let us Worry About The Real Pain

70 years ago, while we celebrated our new found freedom and began the work to lay down our legislation, Japan brought in a law that allowed menstruating women to take days off work. Today, three Indian firms have introduced a similar policy in India.
Instead of focusing on problems that hinder growth and retention of women in the workforce, let us not give undue importance to non issues. Lets focus on gender pay gaps, adequate maternal support and creches near offices. Yes, if menstruation taboo is what we are looking to break, then how about starting with corporate pressure with a campaign on removing the 12% GST on Sanitary napkins?
Read the full piece here: http://www.news18.com/news/india/opinion-let-us-worry-about-the-real-pain-1469471.html

News-18

Welcome to Everyday Life of a Muslim in Times of Lynch Mob

Welcome to Everyday Life of a Muslim in Times of Lynch Mob

The delivery boy asked, but why do you ask me not to say ‘mutton’? I replied, “Kya pata tumhara mutton kab beef ban jaaye?" I also realized that these were no longer the times when you can enter any house without double checking if your religion is welcome or not.
Read the full piece here: http://www.news18.com/news/india/welcome-to-everyday-life-of-a-muslim-in-times-of-lynch-mob-1408879.html

News-18

When Even Death Divides

When Even Death Divides

Why would there be no one to mourn our death if we lived in a Hindu area and why would we have hordes if we lived in a Muslim area?
Read the full piece here: http://www.news18.com/news/india/when-even-death-divides-1450299.html