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Dad Supports Muslim Daughter if She Chooses to Not Wear Hijab

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Pennsylvania, April 19, 2017: “When I saw how sweet my dad’s response was I felt that this proved something; it proved that misconceptions are often made about people who end up being the exact opposite”, 17 year old Lamyaa of Pennsylvania said for her father’s unwavering support for her if she chose to not wear a hijab. This grabbed online attention after Lamyaa tweeted the screenshot of this conversation.

This happened after a boy in a group chat told Lamyaa that her father would likely beat her were she to take off her headscarf.

Lamyaa had told the BBC that she did not actually intend to take her scarf off: “It was never part of the plan. I just wanted to prove a point.”

While some supported her father’s reaction, others said they did not have the same choice to voluntarily remove the scarf.

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Commenting on how it all started, Lamyaa said: “I had very strong views considering the impact the Trump presidency has on me because I am an Arab, Muslim woman. I brought up the fact that I was Muslim [in the group chat] and that guy didn’t feel comfortable so he said what he said.

Many messaged Lamyaa support following her post, and she added that some even said it changed their views on the hijab.

“Your dad is perfect and so are you,” Twitter user @LorraineE_C told her.

Twitter user @cassiiealvarado told Lamyaa not to take off her hijab, with @mochamomma adding: “I love this whole thing. There’s trust and mutual respect and, above all, love.”

– Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself

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Haryana Police conducts raids in Delhi for Honeypreet, Aditya Insan

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Chandigarh, Sep 26 (IANS) The Haryana Police on Tuesday conducted raids in the national capital in a bid to arrest fugitive Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, close aides of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Police sources said here that the raids were being conducted in Delhi and nearby areas of the National Capital Region (NCR).

One raid was being conducted in a house in Greater Kailash-II in south Delhi.

The move came a day after Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory transit bail.

A court in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, on Monday issued arrest warrants against Honeypreet, Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan.

All three were booked by the Haryana Police on charges of sedition, inciting violence and being involved in the conspiracy to help the Dera chief escape after his conviction by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on August 25 on two counts of raping female disciples in 1999.

The Haryana Police had sounded an international alert against all three.

Honeypreet, in her mid-30s, is on the run since August 25, hours after Ram Rahim was convicted.

She has been the closest aide of Ram Rahim since 2009. The police is on her trail for nearly a month and raids have been conducted in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana.

Honeypreet, who used to claim that she was Ram Rahim’s “adopted daughter”, starred as the main heroine in five films he directed, produced and acted in, in three years.

Last week, Honeypreet’s former husband, Vishwas Gupta accused her and Ram Rahim of having illicit relations and said their father-daughter relationship was a sham to fool followers.

Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of over Rs 30 lakh.

His conviction led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and 264 injured. Isolated incidents of violence were also reported from Delhi and several other places in Punjab. (IANS)

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh, Sep 18 (IANS) Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Monday.

The popular photo-sharing app said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws, reports the BBC.

“We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate,” a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement.

Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism.

After the start of the dispute, Saudi Arabia had also demanded the Qatari government to shut Al Jazeera altogether as one of 13 conditions to remove sanctions against the country.

However, those conditions were later withdrawn. (IANS)

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Modi’s birthday marked as ‘Sewa Divas’| Latest News

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Wishes poured in for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 67th birthday on Sunday, being observed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as “Sewa Divas” or day of service.

As the Prime Minister inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar project at Kevadia in Gujarat, BJP leaders and ministers took a lead in cleanliness and other campaigns.

“On his 67th birthday, wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi a long life and many years of service to the nation,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

Ministers picked up brooms and swept the streets in Delhi promoting Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman took part in a cleanliness drive at Gopinath Bazar in Cantonment area. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan hosted an eye check-up camp and took part in cleanliness drive.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP President Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh greeted the Prime Minister.

“Seva is the best way to celebrate the birthday of Pradhan Sewak Narendra Modi,” Shah tweeted.

Jaitley said: “May he be blessed with long and healthy life and he continues to lead us for years.”

“His leadership and tenacity has immensely benefitted the nation. I pray for his long and healthy life,” Rajnath Singh tweeted. (IANS)