#Mumbai-17-year-old uncle molests minor girl at Mahim #Vaw #WTFnews


CHILDRAPE

Published: Sunday, Mar 3, 2013,
By Little Yadav | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

In yet another case of sexual violation, a seven-year-old girl was repeatedly molested by her maternal uncle for over a month. Both the victim and the accused are residents of the Ramgarh slums located in the Fishermen’s Colony in Mahim. The victim’s mother, who filed the complaint, approached the Mahim police on Thursday.

The incident came to light after the victim, who initially thought what the 17-year-old accused was doing to her was a game, told her mother what he had done.

According to the police, the accused started molesting the victim since the second week of January. Since he was related to the victim’s mother and had free access to the house, he would take the victim out under various pretexts.

However, on Thursday when the victim’s mother asked her whether she enjoyed going out with her uncle, the truth came to light.

The victim told her mother that the accused would take her to a secluded spot near Mahim pipeline, where he would undress her and touch her inappropriately. She also stated that she had been molested at least five times in a month. According to the victim’s narration of events, it appears that the accused had even tried to rape her but could not succeed.

Acting on the complaint registered by the victim’s mother, the police immediately arrested the accused. However, since he is a minor, he was sent to Dongri Children’s Home.

The accused has been booked under sections 375 B (attempt of commission of rape), 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 363 (kidnapping) and 364 (kidnapping with the intention of murder). He has also been booked under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 and will be tried be in juvenile court.

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Haji Ali dargah trustees defends restricting women’s entry, activists protest #discrimination


DON’T COMPARE HAJI ALI WITH MECCA, SAYS TRUSTEE

‘This is a dargah, and women aren’t allowed in cemeteries’

Suhail Khandwani, trustee of the Mahim and Haji Ali dargahs, defends the rule that places restrictions on women

 Nov 6, 2012 Jyoti.Punwani @timesgroup.com , Mumbai Mirror

The decision of the trustees of the Mahim and Haji Ali dargahs to ban women from entering the mazaar (inner sanctum) has drawn a sharp reaction, even from within the community.
“Muftis are turning Talibani,” some sufis who visit dargahs regularly have said, while Islamic Scholar Asghar Ali Engineer has pointed out that no ban on women entering mosques or mausoleums exists either in the Koran or the Hadees. However, Suhail Khandwani,trusteeoftheMahimand Haji Ali dargahs, defends the recent rule that prohibits women from going up to the mazaar, terming it a belated improvement on existing tradition.
Whythisnewrule?
Earlier women were allowed in both Haji Ali and Mahim dargahs right up to the mazaar. Then the management changed. We were informed by our Mufti Mehmood Akhtar Raza thatunderShariahlaw,womenwere not allowed. So we created a space two feet away where women can pray. Seventy to 80 % women have said they are fine with this. I had thoughtpeoplewouldsay:whynot? I’m surprised the question being asked is: why?
But the big question remains – whynow?
Improvements can take place at any time. We tried to implement the Islamic law as soon as we learnt about it.
But Islamic scholars say that there is nothing in the Koran about women not being allowed. In fact, according to Asghar Ali Engineer, Prophet Mohammed has said: ‘Don’t stop the female servants of Allah fromenteringAllah’shouse.’
Is Mr Engineer a mufti who can pronounce a fatwa? And this is not Allah’s house. You can’t compare it with Mecca. This is a dargah. Women are not allowed in cemeteries. We are not forbidding women – we are creating a separate space for them withinthepremises.Thatwayweare also protecting women. Often there’s too much rush, they are forced to mix with men. That’s also notgood.Youknowwomenaresupposed to be accompanied by their sons or husbands when they travel.
In SaudiArabia,not in India…
That’stheShariah,it’snotthatSaudi Arabia has invented it. If somebody starts practising it here, it’s a desirable thing. And the dargah is the right place to implement this.
Women may not find this desirable. In Mumbai, women are used to going to dargahs without men. As a trustee, shouldn’t you be respecting tradition instead of breaking it?
As a trustee, I am improving the existing tradition. And we are not beingrigid.Weareleavingthedecision to women. We are educating them gradually, we have not directly stoppedthem.AndinMahim,wearegetting a good response. People are getting convinced.
There’s a fear that tomorrow some mufti may say that unless you wear a veil, you won’t be allowed. Or that a non-Muslim may not be allowed.
No, nothing like that (will happen). We are a very secular trust. There’s no dress code, except that it must be respectful. Even men can’t go in without a cap.
There are progressive interpretations of the Shariah too. In moderntimestoforbidwomen–isn’tthatgoingbackwards?
If Shariah law does not permit something, we need to correct ourselves. As Muslims, we have to be guided by it.

Suhail Khandwani, trustee of Mahimand Haji Ali dargahs, tells Mirror how banning women from dargahs is justified
Haji Ali dargah restricts women’s entry, activists protest
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 06, 2012
Haji Ali dargah restricts women’s entry, activists protest

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a women’s group, plans to write to the state authorities over the restricted entry to women at dargahs in the city.

the sanctum sanctorum triggered their survey. Of the 20 city dargahs visited in September, seven did not allow women near the grave.

“When we asked with the trustees, we were told that the decision was taken after the authorities noticed that a woman came inappropriately dressed last year,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, founder, BMMA.

The dargah trustees said that the decision at the Haji Ali dargah was taken almost seven years ago.

“Eventually, this will be done in every dargah, as the Sharia law claims that no woman can visit a cemetery or a grave,” said Suhail Khandwani, trustee of the Haji Ali dargah and managing trustee of Mahim’s Makhdoom Shah Baba’s Dargah, where religious leaders have been educating women visitors about the law.

“We will write to minorities minister Arif Naseem Khan, the state minorities commission and the trustees of Haji Ali. They need to take steps to curb such a regressive trend,” said Niaz.

“Managements can’t run dargahs according to their whims and fancies,” said Hasina Khan, Awaaz-e-Nizwaan, an NGO.

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MUMBAI-Woman stabbed 20 times while people look on #WTFnews


, TNN | Aug 1, 2012

MUMBAI: A gym instructor stabbed a woman 20 times on Monday evening in the middle of a road in Andheri (East), notwithstanding the presence of scores of bystanders. The woman, a 24-year-old accountant, had refused to marry him, the police said.

Pradeep Patel (30) used a sharp weapon to repeatedly attack Deepti (name changed) in the back, hands, chest and abdomen, but onlookers stood frozen on the spot at the sight of the horror playing in front of them. “No one came forward to rescue her. Patel warned witnesses to keep away from him, threatening to kill them all. Some people ran to the nearest buildings when Patel started his orgy of attack. Many went inside their homes,” said senior inspector S L Hujband of the MIDC police.

The incident occurred between 5 and 5.15pm close to a school in Malpha Dongri, where Deepti is employed.

Around 4.30pm, Deepti signed off and went over to her aunt’s house, which is near the school. “Around 5pm, she left our house to go to Mahim, where she lives,” said a cousin in the police complaint. “Patel attacked her when she had hardly walked 100 metres away from our home. He must have been waiting there on the roadside. He accosted her and asked if she would marry him. When she refused, he became furious. Then he forced her to step aside and started stabbing her.”

Had her cousins not rushed to the spot, Deepti could have bled to death, the police said. She was taken to Cooper Hospital and from there to Nair Hospital, where she was operated upon. “Her condition is stable. She has been kept under observation. The abdominal injury was severe and any delay in admitting her to hospital could have cost her life,” said Hujband.

Patel fled the spot for a relative’s home in Borivli. After a nine-hour search, the police traced him there. He has been arrested and booked for attempt to murder and wrongful confinement.

Inspector Shobha Pise said Patel used to be a gym instructor but had taken to drugs and was unemployed. “He used to harass Deepti in the middle of the road every now and then. While stabbing her, he was raving and ranting like a mad man.”.

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