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Poignant Saga of R Bibi

Suffering in Swat (Original Title, Dawn, Pakistan) Rafia Zakaria (Dawn, Pakistan)  The writer is an attorney teaching constitutional law and political philosophy. MARRIAGE is, at least according to the prevailing cultural propaganda, the beginning of a new life. This new life, it follows, will be one of beauty and bounty — a loving relationship, new family … Continue reading

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Dr Rajini Thiranagama: Unstoppable echo of humanity

BY ANURADHA KODAGODA (Sunday Observer) “Rajani did not get accustomed to grief or fear. She was heartbroken when students went missing and cried at the stories she heard. She cried from fear as well. I fell asleep so many nights, listening to her tears. The next morning she would be bright, brave, determined and hopeful. She … Continue reading

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The 1915 pogrom: Where were all the women?

Daily FT  The 1915 anti-Muslim pogrom in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) is usually analysed through the lenses of ethnicity, religion, or class. Gender – and specifically women – appears to be absent in the narratives on this colonial-era conflict. Such absence is also evident in other narratives on colonial conflicts beyond Sri Lanka.  For example, … Continue reading

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Perils of being a woman and a Muslim in Sri Lanka

Daily Mirror By Niyanthini Kadirgamar As Sri Lanka struggles to bind itself together three months after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s Muslims continue to face constant scrutiny, with the security apparatus and reactionary forces turning their violent gaze on them.    The enhanced surveillance across the country since the bombings has disrupted the … Continue reading

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Lessons for Lankan Muslims in India’s criminalisation of triple talaq

Daily Mirror Muslim women gesture victory sign as they celebrate the passage of a law to outlaw triple talaq, or “instant divorce,” at an event organised by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Wednesday. AFP India’s Hindu nationalist government on Tuesday criminalised the Muslim ‘triple-talaq’ divorce, by adopting a landmark law. The … Continue reading

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