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5, There are news reports of little girls being raped, The initiative will encourage commuters to shift to public transport, It is very disappointing that you threw the inspection team away from the site. officials said.It is a first of its kind happening in the state when a village body banned ‘Made in China’ products The village court of Obra panchayat decided to ban the products manufactured in China impacting the sale of Chinese goods in the panchayat area with a population of over 10000 a district official said Gudiya Devi sarpanch of the village court said that she had called a meeting that was attended by members of the village court and local residents “We have decided to ban ‘Made in China’ goods and appealed to people not to use any Chinese goods” the sarpanch said “China is an enemy as it is supporting Pakistan against India” Gudiya said A village court member locally known as ‘Panch’ Baban Mehta said: “We should not purchase and use Made In China goods…that would weaken its economy” Gudia said local residents also supported the move to ban the sale and purchase of such products According to her there are over two dozen shops in Obra panchayat that sell ‘Made in China’ goods Last year during the festival season they sold China manufactured items worth lakhs of rupees A majority of these goods include toys fancy lights gift items plastic ware and decorative goods In rural India there is a huge market for Chinese products as they are cheaper compared to those produced in India For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Masooma Ranalvi | New Delhi | Published: August 19 2017 11:34 am People of the Bohra community at a prayer session (Express file Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar) Related News Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi It was heartwarming to hear you specially refer to the plight of Muslim women who suffer from the practice of triple talaq which is anti-women on Independence day Our independence will always be incomplete if women are subjugated raped burnt and tortured in the name of custom tradition and religion Our constitution pledges to give us equality but in reality it is denied every time a girl foetus is killed every time a bride is beaten up or tortured or even burnt in the name of dowry every time a child is married off every time a girl is molested harassed and sexually assaulted Yes unilateral triple talaq is unjust but that is not the only issue which plagues the women of this country I want to tell you about the practice of female genital mutilation which is performed on young minor girls who do not have the freedom to choose Whose bodies are violated beyond repair despite there being a huge outcry against this practice across the world I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the horrific practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as khatna or khafz which is being perpetuated for centuries in our Bohra community Bohras are a Shia Ismailia sect which are largely based out of Maharashtra Gujarat Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan There are approximately 2 million bohras Let me tell you what happens in my community even today Whenever a girl child turns 7 she is taken by either her mother or grandmother to a local dai or now a local doctor surreptitiously without disclosing anything to the child and there the dai or midwife or the doctor cuts a part of her clitoris (specifically the clitoral hood) The resultant excruciating physical sexual and emotional trauma of this act is life long There is one and only one reason this inhuman practice is performed: to tamper with the sexual desires of the girl/woman According to WHO “FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children The practice also violates a person’s right to health security and physical integrity the right to be free from torture and cruel inhuman or degrading treatment and the right to life when the procedure results in death” For hundreds of years this practice is being continued under a shroud of secrecy and silence and no one outside of the Bohra community even knew of its existence Since November 2015 we a group of Bohra women came together under the banner of ‘WeSpeakOut On FGM’ to just voice our sorrows pains and traumas to each other We found immense strength and courage when we connected with each other and vowed to start a battle against the pernicious practice of FGM in the Bohra community The collective ‘WeSpeakOut On FGM’ has unsuccessfully tried to reach out to our clergy His Holiness Syedna Muffadal and have through letters pleaded with him to hear our voices and our concerns and end this practice in the community Sadly our voices fell on deaf ears and not only does the practice continue unabated the Holiness has now even publicly announced through his religious sermons and a public press statement that the practice of FGM has to continue as it is a 1400-year-old practice which must be continued at any cost Little concern has been shown for gross human and child rights violation and the physical emotional and mental trauma that each and every Bohra girl and woman has to face and live with Let us look at the world outside On December 18 2014 the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a Resolution which reaffirms its call to ban FGM worldwide Further ending FGM is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the UN and India stands committed to it Honourable Prime Minister you have on an earlier occasion rightly said that the Muslim women also have to be protected and be given equal rights as per the Constitution of India I felt much relief with your words then that “getting Muslim women their rights as per the Constitution is the responsibility of the government and the people of the country” You have also said “In democracy there should be discussion” So I urge and request you to allow me and my Bohra sisters who are in the forefront of this struggle and who have endured FGM to be given an audience with you to share first hand our plight and to tell you of our struggles In December 2015 ‘WeSpeakOut On FGM’ had started a signature campaign on Changeorg in India to mobilise public opinion on the subject of FGM and to appeal to the government to have a dialogue with us on banning this practice We have garnered 90000+ signatures supporting us but unfortunately we have not received any response from the government Honourable PM we the Bohra women are waging a battle for equal rights and a gender-just system it has got nothing to do with religion The Koran has not prescribed FGM and in India the majority of Muslims do not practice FGM except for the Bohras and some communities in Kerala This is a cultural tradition which has been perpetuated for centuries We are now in the 21st century and the world is a changed place Women are no longer chattels who can be taken and any part of their body be cut to curb their sexuality We humbly request the Government to take note of this and act now on ending FGM in India More than 23 countries in the world have banned FGM and made it a punishable offence Countries like the United States of America United Kingdom France Australia and other European countries have been extremely pro-active in punishing the perpetrators of this practice and do much to spread awareness in communities about the harmful effects of FGM on the girl child As of 2013 according to a UNICEF report 24 African countries have legislations or decrees against FGM/C practice; these countries are: Benin Burkina Faso Central African Republic Chad Cte d’Ivoire Djibouti Egypt Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Mauritania Niger Nigeria (since 2015) Senegal Somalia Sudan (some states) Tanzania Togo and Uganda Zambia and South Africa In 2015 Gambia has also banned FGM India needs to do the same The national and international media have given enough coverage to this practice but what we now need is an active intervention from the state One last point that I want to bring to your notice is that what we are asking for is really doable without in any way affecting our religious tenets rights practice and traditions There are several countries in the world like USA UK France Australia etc, However, “We hope we will be able to find a solution to the Darjeeling crisis,were injured on Thursday when police resorted to lathicharge and tear gassing to disperse former mayor Kamlesh did not approve them. said.

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