Sikhs Speaking out Against Niqab Ban

25 Mar

French Niqab Ban in Action

Posted by Brooklynwala in Human RightsPoliticsWomenWorld News on 04 11th, 2011 | 57 responses
 

The controversial new French law that bans Muslim women from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, went into effect today and was met with resistance in Paris.� The New York Times reports:

The police detained two fully veiled women at a small protest outside the Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, where demonstrators were easily outnumbered by police officers and journalists. But it was not clear whether the women had been held under laws forbidding unauthorized demonstrations.

French authorities estimate that less than 2,000 women in the entire country even wear the niqab, in a country of nearly 63 million.� The NYT article continues:

The ban also applies to foreigners visiting France… Violators may be punished with a fine of 150 euros, equivalent to $215. But people forcing others to cover their faces are subject to much stiffer punishments, including a maximum 12 months in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, equivalent to more than $42,000, or twice that amount if the person forced to cover their face is a minor.

I’ve argued before that France’s so-called attempts at “liberating” Muslim women in reality perpetuates racist and assimilationist notions of national identity.� Some Muslims in France are organizing to challenge the law.� One wealthy property developer has set aside some $2.8 million to help women fight the ban and is encouraging women to wear the niqab in the streets as a form of civil disobedience.(Check out this video of a French Muslim woman taking a train to Paris today wearing her niqab)

As Sikhs, our Gurus have taught us to fight for a world that is inclusive of all ways of life, even if they aren’t necessarily in line with our way of life.� Guru Tegh Bahadur gave up his life to defend Kashmiri Hindu Brahmins’ right to exist, even while Brahminical caste ideology is antithetical to Sikhi.

But at the end of the day, I think this is more about good, old-fashioned, state-sanctioned racism, cloaked in a liberal, securalist politics, than anything.� I wonder how Sikhs in France are responding to the niqab ban and if they see it as a part of the same racist rationale that has challenged the Sikh identity in France.� Or if instead colonialism’s divide and conquer methodology continues to be effective in this situation of religious minorities in France.

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French Woman Wears Niqab in Defiance of Ban

25 Mar

French Woman Wears Niqab in Defiance of Ban

Niqab Woman Loses Bid for Costs

25 Mar

In June last year Carnita Matthews, 47, successfully appealed against her conviction and six-month jail sentence for knowingly making a false complaint.

The charge was in relation to a now infamous incident in June 2010 when she was stopped by a highway patrol officer at Woodbine, in south-west Sydney.

It was alleged that Ms Matthews later claimed in a statutory declaration that, after she refused to remove her veil fully for the purposes of identification, the officer tried to remove it himself.
This declaration was later found to be false, and she was charged.

However, a judge later found there was no evidence the statutory declaration had been made by Ms Matthews or even that it was knowingly false.

She then claimed that the entire prosecution was improper and unreasonable and demanded that NSW Police pay her legal costs.

That claim was rejected by Judge Clive Jeffreys in the Downing Centre District Court today.

AAP reports: The judge said he could not find that the investigation into the alleged offence had been conducted in an unreasonable or improper manner, or that the proceedings had been initiated without reasonable cause.

Niqab Woman Loses Bid for Costs

25 Mar

In June last year Carnita Matthews, 47, successfully appealed against her conviction and six-month jail sentence for knowingly making a false complaint.

The charge was in relation to a now infamous incident in June 2010 when she was stopped by a highway patrol officer at Woodbine, in south-west Sydney.

It was alleged that Ms Matthews later claimed in a statutory declaration that, after she refused to remove her veil fully for the purposes of identification, the officer tried to remove it himself.
This declaration was later found to be false, and she was charged.

However, a judge later found there was no evidence the statutory declaration had been made by Ms Matthews or even that it was knowingly false.

She then claimed that the entire prosecution was improper and unreasonable and demanded that NSW Police pay her legal costs.

That claim was rejected by Judge Clive Jeffreys in the Downing Centre District Court today.

AAP reports: The judge said he could not find that the investigation into the alleged offence had been conducted in an unreasonable or improper manner, or that the proceedings had been initiated without reasonable cause.

Niqabi Attacks Woman with Acid

25 Mar

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A shocking news just came in guys.

A niqab-wearing attacker has thrown acid into the face of a 20-year old girl named Naomi Oni.

According to Oni, she was just walking home from work when the attacker threw the acid on her face.

The incident happened on Sunday, December 30th last year, in Lodge Avenue Dagenham, EastLondon.

“I’d been working a late shift and was talking to my boyfriend about what we were going to do for New Year when I saw this Muslim woman wearing a niqab covering her face. I thought it was a bit strange at that time of night, but she didn’t say anything and I kept on walking.

Then I felt a splash on my face. It burned and I screamed out. I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home.

I didn’t look back. I got home and I was screaming and banging on the door. I was hysterical.

Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at 

home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there.

 

I was in shock. Saying: “Who would do that? Who would do that?” How could anyone do this?” Oni stated.

Oni recently released her disfigured face after the policemen failed to find and arrest the person who did the horrible thing to her.

She is now seeking the help of the public to catch the suspect. She said that the attacker has already ruined her life and she will never feel safe if she know that her attacker is still around.

“I look in the mirror and it just isn’t me. I’ll never look the same again. I’ve always been outgoing and confident in my job and in my personal life, used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair, but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.

I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job. I was planning to go to college in September to study media and fashion, but I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do that.

Even with the support of my family and friends and boyfriend I feel very alone. Nothing is going to be same anymore.” she added.

This beautiful young lady has just lost the beauty that was given to her. Hope the authorities find out the whereabouts of her attacker as soon as possible.

Women lawyers get permission to practice in Saudi courts

16 Mar

 

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A group of Saudi female lawyers attend to a law expert from the Freedom House in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo – familylaw-khaleej.org

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to practice in the Saudi courts according to a justice ministry directive published on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice decided to permit women lawyers to practice in courts starting from next month. However, the expert committee designated by the Ministry has put forward a set of statutes governing the entry of women in courts.

According to reports, the statutes will be implemented after the reopening of courts after Eid holidays. The statutes do not differentiate between men and women, but explained the existing system in general and special terms and conditions for practising women lawyers.

The original draft restricted women from dealing with male clients and required them to have a special and closed office. They were not permitted to directly present the case. However, the experts committee changed the decision and now considers implementing the same regulation for all.

Under the existing regulations, a lawyer should inform her office details to the ministry and she will face penal measures whenever she commits any violation of professional rules. Other conditions include getting a lawyer’s license and apprenticeship of three-year duration at an accredited lawyer’s office. It also recommends that she should be experienced in teaching jurisprudence and principle of Islamic law in the universities.

Why Men Benefit from Monogamy

14 Mar

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