VEIL

  • Mulayam calls veil system an evil tradition, says it should end 6 days ago

    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday kicked up a controversy by dubbing the practice of "purdah" (veil) as an "evil tradition", saying it should be scrapped as it hindered progress of women. "This system did not exist in the distant past. Did Sita or Draupadi ever don a...
  • Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish, puffer fish in 6-in-1 Earth Day Google doodle April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: To commemorate Earth Day 2014 Google has posted a 6-in-1 animated doodle on its home page with six representatives from the animal kingdom - Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish and puffer fish. Google has been celebrating Earth Day through its popular doodles for the...
  • Pakistan: MMBS student alleges discrimination by professor over wearing veil December 18, 2013

    A CanadianPakistani MBBS student has alleged that she was roughed up by a professor for wearing a veil in the classroom in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Misbah Syed, a firstyear student of MBBS at Khyber Medical College, said she had been covering face with a veil since she got admission to the...
  • British minister says Islamic veil should be banned in courts November 4, 2013

    Muslim women should be banned from wearing a veil when giving evidence in British courts, a cabinet minister in Prime Minister David Cameron's government said on Sunday, arguing it was hard to judge someone's testimony otherwise. In comments likely to stir up an already emotive debate, Ken Clarke, a minister without...
  • Muslim women in Australia to remove burqa for proving identity November 1, 2013

    Muslim women would now be asked to remove burqa or niqab to prove their identity to the police, according to a new law introduced in an Australian state. The law which was passed on Thursday in the state parliament was amended after consultation with the Muslim and Sikh Communities, AAP news...
  • 2 youth arrested for abusing allgirl rock band of Kashmir online February 7, 2013

    Srinagar: Two youth were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the online abuses and threats to the allgirl rock band of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I'm glad the police in Kashmir have identified and arrested 2 people for the online threats made to the...
  • Kashmir girl band labelled unIslamic, obscene February 4, 2013

    Srinagar: Kashmir's first all girls music band facing a fatwa from Muslim clerics has found support in politicians and activists. The valley's Grand Mufti, while issuing the fatwa to the band, called for women in the country to wear a veil at all times. Mufti Maulana BashirUDin went on to...
  • Fatwa issued against Kashmir's girl band February 4, 2013

    Jammu: After facing threats, Kashmir's first all girls music band is now facing a fatwa from Muslim clerics. Kashmir's Grand Mufti has condemned the rock band and issued a fatwa against them, saying music is bad for the society and women must be under a veil at all times. The senior...
  • Egypt's veiled news anchor stirs debate September 4, 2012

    Cairo: Egypt's first veiled newsreader on state television has drawn support from many viewers for ending an unwritten rule under ousted Hosni Mubarak that kept covered women out of the top job, although some fretted it could herald social restrictions. Fatma Nabil appeared on television on Sunday evening wearing makeup, a...
  • A first: Veiled woman reads news on Egypt state TV September 3, 2012

    Cairo: A female Egyptian news presenter appeared on state television wearing a veil for the first time on Sunday after the Islamistdominated government lifted an effective ban that had been in place for decades under secularleaning regimes of the past. The ban on female news readers wearing the Islamic veil had...
  • Dutch plan ban on Muslim face veils next year January 28, 2012

    Amsterdam: The Dutch minority government plans to ban Muslim face veils such as burqas and other forms of clothing that cover the face from next year. The ban would make the Netherlands, where 1 million out of 17 million people are Muslim, the second European Union country to ban the burqa...
  • Now, Swiss House votes to ban burqa in public September 29, 2011

    Geneva: After France, Netherlands and Belgium, Switzerland is now on its way to become the fourth country in Europe to impose a ban on burqa, with lawmakers on Thursday voting for a farright move to outlaw face veils in public. Swiss parliamentarians turned inwards on the sensitive issue of immigration on...
  • ExFrench President faces trial for embezzlement September 22, 2010

    Paris: Former French President Jacques Chirac will stand trial for embezzlement by early next year, his lawyer said on Tuesday. "It will take place in November, or more likely in January or February 2011," lawyer Jean Veil told Europe 1 radio. The Paris courthouse is expected to decide the date for the...
  • Choose between veil and right to vote, rules SC January 23, 2010

    New Delhi: Women cannot be issued voter identity cards if they refuse to lift their veils to be photographed, the Supreme Court has ruled. A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Deepak Verma gave the order on Friday while hearing a petition by Madurai resident Ajmal Khan, who...
  • Mush says he won't quit, holds out veiled threat February 20, 2008

    Washington: Pervez Musharraf has said he is not planning to resign or retire as Pakistan President despite his allies suffering a crushing defeat in the election. At the same time, he has also held out a veiled threat, saying any clash between the PM and President may lead to problem. A...
  • Veil a symbol of Mughals' respect for women: Patil June 29, 2007

    She hasnt yet won the Presidential race but Pratibha Patil has become controversys favourite child ever since her name was confirmed as UPA nominee. After inviting the ire of Muslim groups with her statement that veils were introduced to protect Indian women against Mughal invaders Patil reportedly did a Uturn on...
  • QOTD: Hype over Patil's remark ? June 20, 2007

    UPA's Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil has kicked up a storm among Muslim groups and historians by saying that the purdah system emerged in India to protect women from Mughal aggressors. Patil's statement has evoked sharp reactions from Muslim groups and historians, who feel it was unnecessary for her to incorporate...
  • Pratibha Patil unveils a controversy June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: The UPALeft Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil courted controversy on Sunday by saying that the purdah (veil) system emerged in India to protect women from Mughal aggressors. Patils remark, made at a function in Udaipur marking the 467th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, has left historians and Muslim social...
  • Painted Veil, a sweeping romance June 2, 2007

    Like most people I know, I too am a sucker for romantic films that are intelligent and original, or just plain passionate. But I think that's a genre that's overexhausted and overexploited because it's become so increasingly difficult to find a really good love story these days. The last one...
  • Britain says no to veils in classrooms March 21, 2007

    New Delhi: British authorities issued new rules on Tuesday to allow schools to forbid Muslim students from wearing fullface veils in class. The Department of Education published the new guidelines after a court in Buckinghamshire rejected a 12yearold Muslim girl's demand to wear the niqab in class last month. The new...
  • 12yrold loses appeal over veil ban in UK February 22, 2007

    New Delhi: A 12yearold schoolgirl in Britain lost a legal challenge to her school's ban on a fullface veil on Wednesday. Justice Silber, in his judgment in Buckinghamshire court, ruled that the ban was "proportionate" in the light of factors like the veil prevented teachers from seeing a pupil's facial expression...
  • Afghan women shun veil to work January 27, 2007

    Afghanistan: Some Afghani women in MazariSharif are setting a trend. Free from the four walls that once imprisoned them and removing the veil they once wore, these women are running their business in town, selling handicrafts, clothes and cosmetics. However, despite the fact that the provincial government supports them, there...
  • Muslim woman cop snubs handshake January 21, 2007

    New Delhi: The row regarding Muslim women started with Britains former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw who first said that women visiting his office will have to remove their veils. Straw was soon followed by a senior judge of Pakistan who expressed similar concerns and ordered that woman lawyers should not...
  • Veils aside, Arab women eye hotpants January 11, 2007

    Dubai: The women in the audience may be enveloped in black but their eyes are on minidresses, hotpants and glittering gowns shown by Valentino, Kenzo and other fashion houses on the catwalk in Dubai this week. The conservative Muslim region may not conjure up images of high fashion, but with petrodollars...
  • Veils off in shops: Pune jewellers December 27, 2006

    New Delhi: The increase in the number of robberies across the country has left jewellers worried about their business. The Jewellers' Association of Maharashtra has now asked the police to bar customers wearing veils from entering shops. "There is a rise in the number of robberies in which veiled customers were involved....
  • Veils up at UK airports for ID check December 25, 2006

    New Delhi: Veiled women will be asked to reveal their identities at UK airports as part of a government plan to tighten security, says a report published in a newspaper. The Scotland on Sunday in an exclusive report quoted UKs Home Office insiders as saying that immigration officials will be...
  • Unveiling the magic of The Painted Veil December 19, 2006

    New Delhi: Set in the 1920s China, The Painted Veil tells the story of the estranged Dr Walter Fane played by Edward Norton and his wife Kitty, played by Naomi Watts. Adapted from William Somerset Maugham's novel, the film explores the different layers of a coarse relationship that slowly heals itself....
  • Pak judge bans veils in courtrooms November 4, 2006

    Islamabad: A senior judge of Pakistan has ordered woman lawyers not to wear veils in courtrooms, the newspaper Daily Times reported on Saturday. "You are professionals and should be dressed as required of lawyers," Chief Justice Tariq Pervaiz Khan of the Peshawar High Court told veiled lawyer Raees Anjum, ordering the...
  • 'Quran prescribes no veil for women' October 26, 2006

    London: As a major controversy raged in Britain over the veil issue, film actor and activist Shabana Azmi on Thursday suggested a debate on the question of Muslim women wearing the controversial veil, saying that as per Quran a woman does not need to cover her face. "The Quran speaks about...
  • Veil a "mark of separation": Blair October 17, 2006

    London: As the veil controversy raged in Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday that the garment was a "mark of separation" and makes people from the outside community feel uncomfortable. Supporting the decision of the local education authority to suspend a Muslim woman teacher for refusing to remove her...