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Period stigma affects South Asian girls in the UK

by LAUREN CODLING A YOUNG girl told of “feeling unclean, dirty and impure” as she stood in the shower, sobbing, as she watched blood flow down the drain. “The water was pure, while I was not,” she said. “I was overwhelmed and even felt slightly guilty for reasons even I do not understand. I only […]

English marriage law bias hits Asians

by SAIRAH MASUD “DISCRIMINATORY” English marriage laws has resulted in many south Asian couples – the vast majority being Muslims – failing to complete a civil registration, thus leading to complications when the marriage breaks down, particularly for the woman, an academic has said. Under existing rules, minority faith marriages should be registered, meaning that […]

Divorce could lead to mental health problems for Asian men

BY LAUREN CODLING DIVORCE could lead to mental health problems and increased stress levels within south Asian communities if it is not openly discussed. Aatif Majid, a 38-year-old songwriter got married in 2009, but divorced six years later, because of factors that included work pressures and health challenges. The British-Pakistani told Eastern Eye last Friday […]

Survivor of Nairobi mall shooting speaks of impact on family four years on

by LAUREN CODLING A SURVIVOR of the Westgate Mall shootings in Nairobi has said she and her children are still affected by the attack, four years after it happened. Kamal Kaur, a radio presenter at Kenyan radio station East FM, who was part of a team hosting a cooking competition for children at the time […]

Gay parenting play ‘Of Kith and Kin’ tests liberal views

BY LAUREN CODLING ACTRESS Chetna Pandya’s enthusiasm about her new play, Of Kith and Kin, is infectious. It tells the story of Daniel and Oliver who are looking forward to the latest addition to their brood – with a little help from their best friend and surrogate mother, Priya, played by  Pandya, aged 36. But […]

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the murder

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial Thursday, nearly 10 years after the iconic political figure was gunned down in the streets of Rawalpindi. The court dismissed charges against five alleged Taliban militants accused of being involved in the killing, while two police […]

‘Rethink of Prevent strategy’ needed to end radicalisation, says Rudd

By Sairah Masud HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd was in Tower Hamlets on Tuesday (29) to discuss how community engagement had to be improved through the government’s Prevent strategy in tackling radicalisation. Meeting with women who are involved in the counter-terrorism policy’s operation in the city, it was advised that a more proactive approach was needed […]

Oxford alumni give advice to Malala

By Lauren Codling ALUMNI from Oxford University have come forward to give advice to British-Pakistani Malala Yousafzai as she revealed she has been accepted to study at the renowned institution in the upcoming academic year. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to study philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), a subject which has a reputation […]

Fifteen years after bloody riots, Indian Muslims struggling to escape Gujarat ghettos

S hahjahan Bano was a young boy in February 2002, selling vegetables with his mother in a market in Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat, when some of the worst communal riots in the country’s history broke out. For days mobs rampaged the city, burning houses, looting shops, raping women and killing men, women […]

The murky world of Pakistan’s illegal kidney trade

When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables. The doctors were allowed to finish the operation then arrested, along with their assistants and the Omanis, in a raid Pakistani authorities say […]

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