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India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

 

September 28, 2018

HWH COMMENT: It’s hard to believe that massive numbers of people living in the twenty-first century, still try to marginalize and demonize women of child bearing age. Menstruating women are evil? Where does that even come from? And why on earth would half the human population of such countries go along with it? And even now that the ban against menstruating women in temples has been lifted, the men and many women won’t abide by it.

Do you know what happens when these anti-women-minded people flock to the USA? They bring that sexist culture with them. They are not here to assimilate. They don’t like American values, unless they benefit the men in their cultures. The women get more of the same, no matter where they reside. They are here to make more money. Oddly, most of the women embrace the same sexist mores as their male counterparts embrace.

The article states, “some religious figures consider menstruating women to be impure”. Just stop it. It’s part of their culture to denigrate women – all women. Menstruation is just an excuse to keep the men and women separate. Oh, I see. If a woman is menstruating, then she can’t get pregnant, so let us all separate the women from the men during these years, so they won’t be tempted by the devil leaving open a door to allow for adultery absent consequences. Yes, that solves that problem. It’s not the woman’s fault. It’s the devil leaving her open like that. So we keep the men away – as long as the devil is with her. But they need to go to temple to talk business. Then we keep the women away. They belong home anyway.

Nice try. Whoa, how long did that go on? Thousands of years? I’m losing my optimism about the future, given it takes so long for people even to recognize a wrong, much less remedy it.


Some religious figures consider menstruating women to be impure. But the court ruled 4-1 the practice of excluding women cannot be regarded as an essential religious practice. The temple argued the celibate nature of Sabarimala temple’s presiding deity Lord Ayyappa was protected by India’s Constitution.

The top court’s verdict is part a string of recent rulings that recognize more rights of women, challenging deeply conservative Indian society. On Thursday, it scrapped a law which did not allow wives to bring criminal charges against adulterous husbands.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra in part of Friday’s judgment said devotion could not be discriminatory and a patriarchal notion could not trump equality in devotion. “Religion cannot be the cover to deny women the right to worship. To treat women as children of a lesser God is to blink at constitutional morality,” he said.

Rahul Eswaran, an attorney for the temple, said its management would seek a review of the court’s decision. It noted girls and women of other ages were allowed in the temple without restrictions. Chhavi Methi, a women’s rights activist, hailed the court verdict, but said its acceptance by temple authorities remained to be seen.

“I am doubtful the temple authorities would take it in the right spirit. Women would accept it, but its implementation might pose a problem,” she said.

Sabarimala is surrounded by mountains and dense forests in its location at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in southern Kerala state. Up to 50 million devotees visit the temple every year.

Several temples across India have banned women, saying it is intended to preserve the purity of their shrines. The operators of a temple in Rajasthan state believe Hindu god Kartikeya curses women who enter the temple, instead of blessing them…

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Will Jordan abolish a law that protects rapists?

Women’s activists say they are closer than ever to abolishing Article 308, which pardons rapists who marry their victim.

Will Jordan abolish a law that protects rapists? Women’s activists say they are closer than ever to abolishing Article 308, which pardons rapists who marry their victim.

 Lebanon is also making strides to abolish a similar provision in the Lebanese Penal Code, known as Article 522 [EPA].


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After more than a decade of lobbying and campaigning, women’s rights activists and officials in Jordan say they are closer than ever to abolishing a law allowing rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim.

This week, the Jordanian government voted to get rid of Article 308 of the Penal Code. The article permits pardoning rape perpetrators if they marry their victims and stay with them for at least three years, provided the victim is between 15 and 18 years old.

“It’s a huge step on the part of the government. It shows commitment. Usually, women’s issues in Jordan are shoved to the back, but the government showed some seriousness with this vote. This is a very important and long-awaited step,” women’s rights activist and writer Rana Husseini told Al Jazeera.

The cabinet vote comes after months of heated debate on the controversial issue. In October 2016, Jordan’s King Abdullah II ordered the establishment of a royal committee to reform the judiciary and review the entire Penal Code, which dates back to 1960.


IN PICTURES: Women in Jordan fight for their rights


In February, the committee recommended abolishing the article, leading the Jordanian government to endorse the suggestion on Sunday.

Though the move was hailed as a victory by women’s groups, there remains much uncertainty and doubt over whether the parliament will approve its repeal. Parliamentary sessions following Sunday’s vote revealed deep divisions among deputies in Jordan’s lower house surrounding the issue

For the provision to be abolished, the Jordanian parliament will still have to debate and vote in favour of its removal, and it could be months before parliament discusses the matter.

Parliamentarian and champion of women’s rights Wafaa Bani Mustafa said she was slightly worried after this week’s discussions. “There were some voices speaking against the removal of this article,” Bani Mustafa told Al Jazeera.

“Many MPs still believe that this law is needed to ‘protect’ women and ‘guard their honour’, which is an opinion I strongly disagree with. This is one of the ugliest laws targeting women,” she added.

Husseini said the strong backlash in parliament has dented the confidence of those working to have it repealed. “I thought society was ready, but the sessions in parliament were not a very good sign,” said Husseini.

“It’s not going to be an easy battle. There are many deputies that are against anything good for women. In their eyes, if a woman is raped, she has no chance of getting married, and … she will bring dishonour and shame to her family, so it is best for her to marry her rapist.”

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D-T and IRAN et al

Why would you want to scare the entire world just because you have a right as a sovereign nation to develop the same military weapons that other countries have?

Why do you chant Death to America in unison, then protest temporary and/or partial bans on certain Muslims from countries entering the USA that support death to Americans?

You want the USA to stay out of your business, then stay out of theirs. No?

Why do you want Muslims to come to America if you hate Americans and America and want to see all Americans dead?

Is your long-term goal to infiltrate the Land of the Jews? It certainly isn’t to integrate, since you bring your multitude of prejudices with you and keep them alive within your communities. Prejudices against women, children, other animals, other religions, anyone not Muslim.

Arrogance is the biggest of all prejudices and Muslims have it in spades – no matter where they live they look down their noses at everybody not like them, just like Jews thinking they are the chosen ones, thus more worthy than everybody else, since God sees them and talks to them.

To Muslims/Arabs: Why do you answer all questions regarding you with another question? Saudis do that arrogant thing too. It’s irritating. What are you trying to hide? Why no commas in your speech pattern? So nobody else can get their opinion heard? Are you so much better than anybody else that you don’t have to answer anybody’s questions regarding their fear of you, thus all Muslims? That’s how a prejudice spreads – when questions, valid questions, go unanswered, like we’re supposed to think the best of people who chant Death to Americans?

I know you’re response. A question regarding numbers of people for vs numbers against. But we don’t hear the voices of those against, and frankly, at this late date, who would believe those positive speaking voices, when the words are attached to agendas.

Saudis played a big part in 9-11 by rejecting their troubled son instead of working with him, like American families would have done, to direct his anger in more appropriate ways. It all starts in the families doesn’t it? Americans, then, have a valid concern about the structure of the Muslim families and while in America what control the family exercises over their sons and daughters as well as cousins and aunts and uncles.

President Obama recently clearly indicated before leaving office, that white people in America will have to continue to suffer the effects from slavery done years ago. For many years to come we white people will all be punished for crimes we had nothing to do with and never supported. We weren’t even born. Most Muslims agree that white people now alive should pay a price.

Obama comes from a Muslim family, but even if he didn’t, American blacks are big on punishment – when they’re the ones administering it. So that means that all Muslims, involved or not, will have to suffer for many years to come for the attack against America on 9-11. The mastermind and primary instigator wanting to rule the world via terror, that his Saudi family decided to disown instead of nurture, Osama bin Laden, orchestrated that attack. Obama must be consistent if he wants to be taken seriously after his eight year reign as President of the USA.

What are all you Arab nations doing to stop terrorism against Americans? We’re not all Jews, so stop using the argument that because Jews run America, then Muslims need to be with their Jew brothers and sisters – both Semites – to fight off all the anti-Semites of the world. The Hatfields and the McCoys hate each other but can’t live without the other. That’s the Arabs and the Jews (Muslims and Jews, however you want to parse it, in whatever order).

What differences are the Iranians trying to bridge with the Americans? Religious, cultural, sociological? Any? You just want opportunity you can’t get in your own country? The cradle of civilization? The baby in that cradle had to go to America to grow up, get a job and make money? They can’t do it in Iran?

The ‘unison’ part is what scares Americans. Every Muslim in the world having to bow five times a day at the same time to Mecca, no matter where they are in the world, tells Americans that Muslims have a supreme leader who has rules and laws that supersede the rules and laws of any other nation. The coming to America and not wanting to be American is what scares Americans.

The mob mentality scares Americans, because in every mob is one individual who will take extraordinary measures to get their point across.

People acting as one group instead of thinking as individuals scares Americans. The USA is a country of individuals with individual rights and freedoms. Why would you want to come to a country you hate? Why would you want to make all Americans fear you before you get here?

Why do you hold over America’s head your threat to pursue the making of a nuclear bomb?

Sure, the USA has nukes and they threaten to use them. “Nothing is off the table” they always say and they’re always wrong in saying it.

When the USA threatens to use nukes against the negotiating party, by saying in advance that “all options are on the table”, then where’s the parity?

No preconditions means that nuclear weapons and suicide bombers are on the table.

All sides want to negotiate from a position of strength.

The USA has nukes and is the Godfather to countries who do the USA favors by fighting terrorism the USA way. These countries are indebted to the USA for the protection the USA provides when these countries need to be protected from their enemies.

What’s Iran’s position of strength?  Suicide bombers and an over-worked and over-used historical philosophy that created then destroyed civilization with its arrogance. Oil used to be and short-term will continue to be, but too much oil sucked from the desert, over too long a period is going to cause catastrophic collapses in the earth.

Nukes and suicide bombers off the table in any negotiation worldwide if the USA doesn’t want to see a proliferation of such weapons. That is the only viable precondition.






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