Shocking Report by NDTV – Muslim Bride Bazar

Is this how we treat our women in India?
Who protects them?
And why is the Muslim Community not protecting their young girls?
This is shameful.
Please read this disturbing report by

Hyderabad’s new bride bazaar

Uma Sudhir, Updated: June 29, 2011 02:09 IST

Hyderabad:  The Old City area of Hyderabad, home to mainly poor Muslim families, was once notorious as a hunting ground for Arab sheiks keen to buy young brides.

Now, it’s students from North Africa who are exploiting the poverty that resides in so many homes here. They buy marriages with young girls who they abandon when they’ve finished their degrees in local colleges and are headed home.

Twenty-five-year-old Mohammed Ansari is on a student visa from Sudan. He married a 16-year-old on the ninth of this month. The bride cost him Rs. 50,000 – the deal was brokered by two pimps who lured her mother, a widow with five daughters and no source of income.

After two weeks of being sexually abused by her “husband” and also his friend, the 16-year-old managed to run away to a police station where she sought protection.

The police investigation revealed that when she was married, she was also made to sign a blank piece of paper that was intended to be used later as a khulanama or a declaration of divorce that certifies the wife is leaving the marriage. In effect, she will be entitled to no alimony or other rights when the marriage ends.

“After arriving here on student visas, these Sudanese nationals trap poor girls into marriage, use them, and when they leave, they already have a divorce paper ready in hand, so they can leave scot free,” says senior police officer Vineet Brijlal.

The police have also arrested two pimps and qazis or priests who performed Mohammed Ansari’s marriage. “The girl was accompanied by her guardians. She had not run away from home. So how are we to blame?” asks one of the priests now under arrest.

Records seized from the qazis have revealed that in the last few months, seven such contract marriages have taken place, involving four Sudanese and three Somalians. One 56-year-old among them had married two minors within a fortnight. In each case, the bride was made to sign the khulanama right after the ceremony – the marriage was intended to be a short affair, leaving the groom with the freedom to walk away at any point, exempt from any responsibilities.

The police have registered a case of rape, abduction of minor for marriage, outraging modesty and also a case under the Immoral Trafficking Act. The police say they are consulting with the Wakf Board and with other Muslim scholars to see what socio-legal steps can be taken to protect vulnerable young girls from this kind of exploitation. In this case for example, the qazis who performed the marriage are both registered and recognised by the Wakf Board. And both of them claim that they have checked the legality of the documents of both the Sudanese and the bride before solemnising the marriage. It is another matter that the nikkahnama says the girl was a major, so legally eligible for marriage.

End of Report – Thank you NDTV for carrying this report.

The authorities must stop this exploitation of young Muslim girls.

Watch this video – Imagine love for the creatures of Village Earth ?

Thank you John Lennon for the iconic song – Imagine.
You sang about peace and love between the peoples of the world
but you overlooked the peace and love we should share with the ‘other creatures’ of Village Earth.

How can we live in peace with each other
when we continue to torture, murder and eat our friends – animals, birds, insects et al ?

The above photographs are the copyright of Mark Ulyseas –

Top Five Most Dangerous Countries for Women

Please take a moment to read this. It reflects the inhumanity of humanity against women worldwide. It is symptomatic of the degeneration of moral and ethical values.

01. Afghanistan – An estimated 87 percent of Afghan women are illiterate. One in 11 chance of dying in childbirth

02. Congo – An estimated 1,152 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo each day. Girls as young as three and elderly women. They are gang-raped, raped with bayonets and have guns shot into their vaginas.

03. Pakistan – Cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women. These include acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse. Women earn a staggering 82 percent less than men.

04. India – Female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking (100m people, mostly women and girls, were involved in trafficking in India in 2009).

05. Somalia – In Somalia, 95 percent of women face genital mutilation between the ages of   4 and 11

When will ‘Mankind’ grow up?

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Paradox in Paradise – Watch this Video

Beauty cannot exist without ugliness
Therefore paradise cannot be free of paradoxes
The truth is that wherever we may be
Paradise will always be somewhere else
Regret the sound quality 🙂
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om Presentation by Mark Ulyseas of his photographs on Pecha Kucha Nite for Haiti at Gaya Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Part of 200 cities worldwide – live streaming of event. 2010. Soundtrack Copyright Saavn LLC

Urgent message from Leila Salazar-Lopez – Amazonwatch

Amazon Watch
June 2011

Dear Mark,

“I want to remind you that our fight in Ecuador is for life and for justice,”
Secoya indigenous leader Humberto Piaguaje told Chevron management and shareholders on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorians whose Amazon home has been destroyed by the company. Along with Amazon Watch and dozens of other courageous activists and allies, he journeyed thousands of miles to the company’s annual meeting to demand that Chevron be held accountable for all of its destruction, from the Amazon to Richmond, CA.

Humberto’s words resonate with me as I think about our campaigns and our work in the last month. They are for life and justice, for corporate accountability, indigenous rights and for the future of the Amazon and our global climate. While we recently celebrated momentous victories across campaigns for corporate accountability in our work around a string of annual shareholder meetings, we’ll have to use this new vigor to keep up such pressure and to ramp up the fight in Brazil, where the government has just green-lighted an installation license for the Belo Monte Dam. The struggle continues and it needs your support!

For life, for justice.

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-Lopez
Program Director

From the Frontlines: Thank You from Ecuador

From the Frontlines:
Thank You from Ecuador

A heartfelt video message straight from the frontlines of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You watched only two weeks ago as Servio Curipoma, a cacao farmer from the oil-ravaged town of San Carlos stood face-to-face with Chevron senior management at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Through tears, he told his story: “My mother died from your cancer. You killed my mother.” Back in his homeland, Servio sends gratitude for the kindness, generosity and support that the people of the US and the world have shown to communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon.


Last Stand for the Xingu!

Last Stand for the Xingu!

Last week we received tragic news that the Brazilian government issued Belo Monte’s installation license, in its continuing assault on human rights and the environment in the Amazon. It’s now more important than ever to take a last stand for the Xingu and its peoples. “This is the last chance we have to paralyze Belo Monte’s construction,” Renata Pinheiro, leader with the MXVPS, told the indigenous assembly last month. “You succeeded in stopping Belo Monte for 30 years. Now more than ever we need to strengthen our resolve, joining forces to stop the beginning of construction.”


Ivanhoe Energy Commences Covert Drilling Activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Ivanhoe Energy’s Covert Drilling Activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon

In brazen disregard for both Ecuadorian and international law, Canadian company Ivanhoe Energy has started secret oil exploration activities on legally-titled land of the Kichwa indigenous people of Rucullacta without the community’s permission. But while Ecuador dawdles, the Rucullacta community has drawn a sharp line in the sand (or forest); with successful efforts already to kick out company workers, the community may just stop this disaster before it starts.


Amazon Watch and RAN Demand Justice from High Above the Bay

Amazon Watch and RAN Demand Justice from High Above the Bay

Bold activists from Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network rappelled from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area to hang a 50-foot banner demanding justice for Chevron’s crimes in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The banner, which read “Chevron Guilty: Clean Up the Amazon”, brought attention to the recent Ecuadorian court ruling that found Chevron guilty of its contamination and liable for up to $18 billion.


ConocoPhillips Withdraws from Oil Block 39

ConocoPhillips Withdraws
from Oil Block 39

After years of engaging with and pressuring ConocoPhillips, its CEO James Mulva announced at its Annual General Meeting of shareholders that the company has withdrawn from its controversial co-venture with Repsol-YPF in Oil Block 39 of the remote northern Peruvian Amazon. Oil drilling in Block 39 and neighboring Block 67 has come under fire from human rights groups due to the presence of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in this region, and the risk of forced displacement and deadly epidemics.


All Life is Sacred – Watch this video

All Life is Sacred. Preserve it. Treasure it. Respect it.
The soundtrack is titled Gado Gado written and performed by Riwin and Tropical Transit Bali. Riwin is a Master of many musical instruments and his compositions reflect his passion for a green sustainable life….the copyright for the soundtrack belongs to Riwin. Thank you Riwin!
Btw. Gado Gado is a vegetarian Balinese dish very popular with expats and locals.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Disaster – Belo Monte Dam construction approved!

Amazon Watch

Dear Mark,

This has been a time of tragedy in the Amazon. This week the Brazilian government green-lighted construction on the monstrous Belo Monte Dam despite searing local, national and international opposition. Yet despite the initiation of this criminal operation, I can assure you that the battle to defend the Xingu River and its people is far from over.

Watch and share this video and join our Cause on Facebook.

VIDEO: Last stand against the Belo Monte Dam!

I have just returned from the Brazilian Amazon, where Chief Raoni gathered with hundreds of Kayapo warriors, indigenous leaders from 18 ethnicities, and leaders from the Xingu Alive Forever Movement (MXVPS).

“This is the last chance we have to paralyze Belo Monte’s construction,” Renata Pinheiro told the indigenous assembly. “The future of the Xingu is in your hands, indigenous peoples and social movements. You succeeded in stopping Belo Monte for 30 years – now more than ever we need to strengthen our resolve, joining forces to stop the beginning of construction.”

It’s now more important than ever that we take this campaign to the next level.

Take a stand, stop this monstrous project by joining the Cause on Facebook “Stop the Monster Dam: Protect the Xingu River and its People”. Your donation today will support the travel of indigenous leaders to Brasilia and Altamira to make their voices heard.

Xingu Alive Forever! Xingu Vivo Para Sempre!
Christian Poirier

Christian Poirier
Brazil Program Coordinator