June 29, 2011
Shocking Report by NDTV - Muslim Bride Bazar
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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 NDTV.com
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.
June 26, 2011
Watch this video - Imagine loving the creatures of Village Earth ?
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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 – email@example.com
June 12, 2011
Paradox in Paradise - Watch this Video
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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 🙂
June 10, 2011
All Life is Sacred - Watch this video
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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
June 4, 2011
Disaster - Belo Monte Dam construction approved!
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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.
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!
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