French court convicts 11 of harassing teenager who posted anti-Islam videos


A French court has convicted 11 people for harassing a teenager online over her anti-Islam videos in a case that has led to a fierce debate about free speech and the right to insult religions. The prosecutions were part of a judicial fightback against trolling and online abuse after the girl, known as Mila, had … Read more

Imran Khan’s comments about rape and purdah were taken out of context | Letter


Much is being made of comments by Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, on the observance of purdah in Islam and how, in certain cases, it may help in the avoidance of rape crimes (Outrage after Pakistan PM Imran Khan blames rape crisis on women, 25 June). It is to the credit of Imran Khan’s government … Read more

Muslim women in Batley and Spen call out actions of ‘loud minority’ of men


A group of Muslim women from Batley and Spen have written an open letter condemning “shameful” behaviour that has brought the community “into the limelight for all the wrong reasons”. The women, who write anonymously citing safety fears, say that a “loud minority” of Muslim men have been “endlessly heard” during the tense byelection campaign, … Read more

Sadia Hussein: the FGM survivor who is saving girls from the knife


Sadia Hussein had been in labour for three days when she felt she could take no more. She could hear her mother crying in the distance, pleading with God to save her daughter’s life. But even though things were clearly not progressing as they should have been, the women in her small Kenyan village were … Read more

Biden threatened with communion ban over position on abortion


Roman Catholic bishops in the US have voted to press ahead with moves that could result in Joe Biden being banned from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion, and that risks increasing tensions in a divided church. After three days of online debate, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted by three … Read more