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800 Muslim Families Return Dowry

800 Muslim Families Return Dowry

Patna: More than 800 Muslim families from the East Indian state of Jharkhand have returned dowry to brides’ families following a massive campaign against the practice, which was launched by social activist Haji Mumtaz Ali. This is perhaps for the first time in India that families of grooms have returned dowry years after they received […]

The foul stench of fascism in the US

The foul stench of fascism in the US

Throughout this summer and autumn, I have interviewed fellow minorities, asking them about their feelings and experiences regarding this presidential election. In all of these interviews, one thing was clear: We knew this was coming. To some of us, it hung like a foul smell in the air. The acrid stench that generations before somehow […]

Nearly 80% Of Divorced Indian Muslims Are Women

Nearly 80% Of Divorced Indian Muslims Are Women

In India, for every divorced Muslim man, there are four divorced Muslim women, anIndiaSpend analysis of Census 2011 data shows. Across religious communities, except Sikhs, there are more divorced women than men. But the gender skew is particularly sharp among Muslims (79:21), followed by ‘other religions’ (72:28), and Buddhists (70:30). Among divorced Indian women, 68% are Hindu, and 23.3%, […]

India’s ‘dark holes’ where millions of girls disappear

India’s ‘dark holes’ where millions of girls disappear

Kolkata, India  – A walk down the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Kalighat reveals a new kind of graffiti splashed across its walls. Life-size silhouettes of young girls pop up at every turn of this bustling Kolkata neighbourhood, better known for its Kali temple and the city’s oldest red-light district. This is no ordinary graffiti. It is […]