More women reporting cases of sexual harassment: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi : Women are coming forward in larger numbers to report cases of sexual harassment at the workplace, Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said here on Friday.

As per the National Crime Records Bureau data, 57 and 119 cases of sexual harassment at the workplace were reported in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively.

"This increase in number shows that more and more women are coming forward to seek police assistance in such cases and are not suffering in silence," said Gandhi in a reply to the Lok Sabha.


Muslim women demand reforms in personal law: NGO

Mumbai : Over 500 Muslim women from across India on Thursday passed a resolution to demand comprehensive reforms in the Muslim Personal Law through codification, including triple talaq, an NGO's leaders said.

If you Sexist me, I will Feminist you!

By Sabrina Iqbal Sircar for TwoCircles.net

Hmm. Let me see now. I am a little tired actually trying to tell the world that Feminism is for equality. Oh well equality, they tell me; we have equality in jobs, education, political representation (well, almost!), and in all other aspects one can think of. Okay I retort, and sigh I pause.

‘Islam is spiritually against divorce’

By Faiyaz Ahmed Siddiquee

The “triple-talaq” is a form of divorce practiced among Hanafi Muslims, under which a man at any point of time may divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” There isn’t any such reference of divorcing one’s wife in the Quran and Sunnah or claimed found by any Islamic high-brow. What the text says is that each talaq utterance should be followed by a waiting period of three menstrual periods for women.

Protests over allowing women to wear churidar at Padmanabhaswamy temple

Thiruvananthapuram : A day after the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here relaxed its dress code to allow entry to women wearing 'churidar', a few women entered through a side gate clad in churidar, but some devotees and officials refused to allow entry to such attire through the other gates.

Temple Executive Officer K.N. Satish said the Kerala High Court had asked him to take the decision to allow churidar based on a petition, and he stands by the decision he took before the court on Tuesday.


250 women pray at Haji Ali Dargah after 5 years

Mumbai : After five years and a series of legal battles and agitations, around 250 women entered the famous Haji Ali dargah here on Tuesday afternoon and solemnly offered prayers, an activist said.

The group comprised women from all over India, including office-bearers of NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) and their supporters.

In Nanded, thousands participate in march for Muslim reservations

By TCN News

Muslim Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti, an umbrella organisation of various political and religious groups, organised a ‘Million March’ in Nanded on Sunday for Muslim reservation and other social issues of Marathas, Dalits and farmers.

Women to re-enter Haji Ali dargah after 5 years

Mumbai : After five years, a series of legal battles and agitations, a group of women activists will enter the famous Haji Ali dargah (mausoleum) here on Tuesday afternoon, an activist said.

A group of around 75-80 women from all over India would visit the shrine for prayers around 3 p.m., said the activist expressing the intent to enter the dargah on the rocks off Worli in the Arabian Sea.

SC/ST Bank sought on lines of Mahila Bank

New Delhi : The All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations -- Parisangh -- urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open a separate bank with a capital of Rs 1 lakh crore to help Dalit and tribal entrepreneurs.

Parisangh Chairperson Udit Raj said continuous attempts were being made to finish off reservation.

He said a seperate bank for SC/ST (Scheduled Caste and Tribes) would help in reducing surplus liabilites on the private and public banks due to the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.


11 arrested for beating up police, woman

Kolkata : Eleven persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly beating up a policeman after a fight broke out between neighbours over playing of loud music at a midnight birthday party in south Kolkata, police said.

Neighbours Ranu Pramanik and her son objected to the use of the music system on the second floor of the house at Gariahat Road till Friday-Saturday midnight.

However, both of them were physically assaulted by the party organisers.

"On getting this information police reached the spot and they physically assaulted the duty officer also."