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Manipur, June 23, 2012: Manipur Muslim Sisterhood (MMS), a face-book forum, organized a felicitation programme on 17 June, 2012 at Oinam in Imphal West district, Manipur, to commemorate the achievement of Muslim girl students in the recently declared Class X and Class XII board examinations, and the Manipur MBBS/BDS Entrance Examination, 2012.

The function was attended by the member of Manipur State Commission for Women Mrs. Mazida Khan, Associate Professor and former Secretary of Manipur State Minorities Commission Dr. Mohd Raheijuddin Sheikh and Associate Professor of Manipur College Dr. Zinatun as Chief Guest, Guest of Honor and President respectively.

Altaf Raja highlighted the aims and visions of MMS in his key-note address. He said, “MMS is a face-book forum of the Manipuri Muslims, which was created in 2012 with the objective of promoting and sustaining ‘women empowerment’ within the Muslim community in Manipur. MMS dreams of a harmonious Muslim society where women are respected, their importance and aspirations are acknowledged properly and, most importantly, their role and decisions are appreciated and supported. A society where men and women are equal partners is a vision that MMS cherishes and strives for.”

He further added, “Women empowerment in all walks of life shall bring the necessary balance that is required in nature. It will help in promoting structures which are more inclusive, progressive, creative, constructive and generative in nature. This is conducive to establish a well-knitted egalitarian society where women enjoy their due spaces and aware of their rights and responsibilities without undue interferences from their men.”

“Though we often claim of men-women equality and respect for women through various channels of justification, the reality is different. The status of women in our society, particularly in our community, is far from what we claim. There is selective bias against women both in private and public spheres. Thus MMS agendas includes – gender issues including women empowerment, confidence building measures, women’s rights and problems, fighting men’s prejudices (patriarchal domination) and societal, cultural prejudices against women, etc. MMS takes up these agendas through discussions and debates in the forum participated by students, students and eminent personalities from the community and also by organizing felicitation programme for successful sisters to boost up their confidences,” Raja added.

The speakers at the function extolled the performance of Muslim girl students of the State. Majida Khan said that the achievement of the Muslim girl students in the school board exams and other competitive exams over the last few years has made the community really very proud. It has shown that the Muslim parents are realizing the importance of giving quality education to their daughters. The Muslim girls, like their sisters from other communities, have also started keeping high hopes and aspirations. They are also working really hard to achieve their goals. It is a very encouraging trend. The State government should also give special attention to the education of Muslim girls and try to fulfill their needs.

Ms. Wabiya and Ms. Sabnam, the two Muslim girls who cleared the recently declared Manipur MBBS/BDS Entrance Examination, 2012 also gave short speeches.

The function felicitated those Muslim girls of the State who secured 70% and above marks in the recently declared Class X and Class XII examinations conducted by Board of Secondary Examination Manipur (BOSEM), Council of Higher Secondary Examination Manipur (COHSEM) and Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE). More than 80 girls were felicitated at the function.

Package for pandits irk migrants from Jammu hills


Jammu & Kashmir, June , 2012: While Kashmiri pandits, forced out of Kashmir Valley, are happy over the state government recommending more relief for them, the victims of militancy from hilly areas of Jammu region are feeling like “children of a lesser God”.

As per a revised package which was recommended by Jammu and Kashmir government to the union Home Ministry Wednesday, cash relief for Kashmiri pandit migrants has been increased to Rs.12,000 from Rs.5,000 a month per family.

This move of the state government has led to migrants, both Hindus and Muslims from Jammu, who were also victims of militancy, complaining of discrimination and step-motherly treatment.

According to Koushal Sharma, President of Doda migrants association: “There are about 5,000 families who migrated from remote mountainous areas in Jammu region to Jammu city for safety when militancy was at its peak there.”

The areas from where they migrated include far-flung areas of Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Ramban, Poonch and Rajouri.

Koushal told IANS that the migrants from mountainous areas in Jammu region were initially not getting any relief unlike the Kashmiri pandit migrants who migrated from Valley when militancy erupted.

“We were just given tents in Beli Charana (a locality on the outskirts of Jammu) area and nothing besides that,” he said.

The migrants filed a case and “it was only after the order of the high court that we have started getting some relief”, he said.

Jammu migrants are put in four categories for relief. The first category family gets Rs.4,000 per month with ration, second Rs.1,600 per month with ration, third just ration while fourth only receive free water and electricity.

Mohi-ud-Din Beg, another leader of Doda migrants, said: “We fail to understand that on what basis these categories have been made.”

“We do not have as much political backing as the Kashmiri pandits, that is why no one pays heed to our genuine grievances. Our miseries are piling everyday. We are shocked at silence of human rights groups on this,” Beg said.

Som Nath, a migrant from Rajouri district, says: “The migrants from hilly areas of Jammu region include both Hindus and Muslims who are suffering due to government’s step-motherly treatment despite court’s direction in our favour.”

Most of these migrants have now started working as labourers in fields, construction sites and factories.

Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, who is the architect of enhanced relief and rehabilitation package of Kashmir pandits said: “We are also working on onetime relief to migrants of Jammu region so that they can go back to their villages and settle there.”

He said the government is planning to give Rs.5,00,000 to each family of migrants from mountainous areas of Jammu region to “enable them to go back to their homes”.

Abdul Aziz Khan, a resident of remote area in Budhal of Rajouri district laments: “This again amounts to discrimination with us.”

He points out that enhanced package envisages an amount of Rs.20,00,000 to Kashmiri pandit migrants desirous of going back to Valley to rebuild their damaged houses.

Bhalla responding to this said: “In case of Kashmiri pandit migrants, it is matter of taking them back to the Valley.”

Kashmiri pandit migrants, about 350,000 of whom migrated from Kashmir Valley in 1990, majority settled on the edges of Jammu and rest in other parts of the country.

They are getting Rs.5,000 per month as cash relief, along with health facilities, about 6,000 jobs have been reserved for those willing to return to Valley and a satellite township has been made for them in Jagti (in outskirts of Jammu) where they have been provided 4,218 flats having facilities of hospital, school, park and community hall.

More jobs would be created for those willing to return to Valley and age relaxation of three years will be given to job seekers in Kashmir.

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