Thursday, 12 September 2013

Use of AK 47 rifles in Muzaffarnagar riots

A local resident of Muzaffarnagar telling about the situation

Muzaffarnagar riots: a meeting after Friday prayers

MuzaffarnagarThe prelude to the riots that have ripped through Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh killing 38 people unfolded in the village of Kawal, where in the last week of August, two Jat brothers killed a Muslim boy who was stalking their sister. Less than an hour later, they were lynched to death.

To check the tide of communal tension, local officials banned public meetings. But just three days later, on a Friday, politicians extinguished any chance of a return to normal. After Friday prayers, a meeting was called by religious leaders and politicians in Muzaffarnagar, around 125 kilometres north east of Delhi.

With an audience of about 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, local leaders from the Congress and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP took the stage.

When asked why they didn't intervene to have the meeting cancelled, local officials claimed they had been misled.

Kaushal Raj, the District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar, said that religious leaders had said the meeting would focus on collecting a petition demanding justice in the Kawal case, but that the gathering was then hijacked by the politicians - Qader Rana and Jameel Ahmed of the BSP, and Saeed-uz-zaman of the Congress.

All three feature now in an FIR or police case on charges that include inciting communal tension. While Mr Rana, who represents Muzaffarnagar in Parliament was not available for comment, his colleague said that the rally had been sanctioned by local officials. Saeed-uz-zaman's son said the politicians had done no wrong, legally or morally.

The opposition BJP, accused of instigating violence this weekend at a gathering of thousands of Hindu farmers, says that at the Friday session, the District Magistrate was on stage. Kaushal Raj told NDTV, he was blackmailed by the politicians who said that if he did not attend the meeting, they would march to a communally sensitive part of the city.

The BJP also says that two leaders from the ruling Samajwadi Party were present at the gathering, but have not been featured in police cases.

On Saturday evening, at a mahapanchayat, BJP leaders from the area addressed thousands of farmers with allegedly incendiary speeches, charges they have denied. On their way home, farmers were attacked and killed. Since then, 36 people have died.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

8 year old Muslim bride dies of sexual injuries

An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal sexual injuries after spending her wedding night with a husband five times her age.

The girl, identified as Rawan, is believed to have suffered tearing of her genitals and a uterine rupture, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al Watan reports.

It says Kuwaiti activists have called for action against the man, who is 40, as well as the girl’s family for allowing the marriage.

The girl died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia.

Gulf News quotes blogger Angry Man as posting the husband is “an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime.”

“All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,” he added.

Al Bawaba reports over a quarter of young girls in Yemen are married before the age of 15.

It adds the country passed a law in February 2009 setting the minimum age of marriage at 17, but that it was repealed after conservative lawmakers declared it “un-Islamic”.

In 2010 a 13-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced into an arranged marriage died five days after her wedding when she suffered an internal rupture, a local human rights organisation said.

Ilham Mahdi al Assi died in Yemen's Hajja province, the Shaqaeq Arab Forum for Human Rights told the AFP in a statement quoting a medical report.

According to a World Vision study released in March, more child brides are being led into arranged marriages due to an increase in global poverty and crises.

Parents who live in fear of natural disasters, political instability and financial ruin look to arranged marriages as a way to save their struggling families.

Every day, 39,000 girls younger than 18 will marry, according to the World Health Organisation.

Brothers-in-law mercilessly gangrape UP woman with consent of panchayat

In a shocking incident, a 24-year-old woman has been brutally gangraped and forced out of the home by her in-laws with the consent of a village panchayat in Uttar Pradesh.

The incident, which happened in Kamheda village of Muzaffarnagar, came to the fore when the victim mustered up the courage to file a police complaint against the accused on July 27.

The village panchayat reportedly forced the victim to marry Mohammad Shadab after her brother Mohammad Azeem had eloped with Shadab's sister Gulsida Bano on February 15. Azeem works as a civil contractor in Delhi.


The panchayat later justified the July 20 incident, saying "an eye for eye is the actual justice". The rapists - Shadab's family members - declared that it was their revenge.

A panchayat, which was convened around 10 days after Azeem eloped with Gulsida, demanded that the victim marry Shadab.

Besides this, it also asked her parents to pay Rs.75,000 as compensation to Gulsida's parents.

"I agreed to the panchayat's decision because I knew that there would be bloodbath in the village if I refused to marry him," the victim told police.

"My brothers-in-law Irshad and Shahzad raped me mercilessly the same day I married Shadab. It became a routine. My father-in-law claimed that he had agreed to my marriage since he wanted to take revenge this way. On March 26, they registered a case against my brother and police traced him and Gulsida. They were released after Gulsida confessed before the magistrate that she married him willingly," the victim alleged in her complaint.

The victim somehow managed to escape their clutches on July 21 early morning and filed a complaint with Muzaffarnagar police on July 27.

Senior superintendent of police Manzil Saini said: "The victim has met me. A case has been registered under Section 376 of the IPC. The accused would be arrested soon," said Saini.

The victim's elder brother alleged that the decision that led to the incident was taken under the active supervision of the panchayat.

"Police gave time to the accused to flee the village. The husband of the panchayat chief was also present when the fate of my sister was decided. He was very vocal and wanted the harshest punishment for us," he said.

Mohammad Imran - panchayat head Mehrit Jahan's husband - confirmed the decision of the panchayat to Mail Today. Imran claimed he had asked them to reach an amicable solution. "(But) she has approached the police. Now, I don't have anything to say."

Girl, school teacher sexually assaulted by Muslims in UP

 LUCKNOW: A school teacher was sexually assaulted in Amroha and a girl was raped in Muzaffarnagar in separate incidents reported from different parts of Uttar Pradesh during the past 24 hours on Friday evening.

In Amroha, the incident took place on Thursday, when a teacher left her house in Saidangali police circle of the district for BL Public Junior High School in Tehpa village under Naksha police station of nearby Sambhal district for her routine duty, when she was intercepted by two locals. The victim was being accompanied by a fellow teacher in the same school, who too was held hostage by the accused, but somehow managed to escape. However by the time she could return with help, the miscreants had fled the scene leaving the victim in the farm fields. The victim had identified the accused as local youths Ghalib and Feroz (both Muslim). The incident took place near Madli Samastipur village under the Saidangali police station of Amroha and the accused have been arrested and sent to jail.

In The second incident was reported from Muzaffarnagar, where a girl was allegedly held hostage in the panchayat premises of village Jogiya Khera under Paguna police station of Muzaffarnagar. A resident of the same village, the victim was on her way to the farm fields to relieve herself when the incident took place.
The girl has identified the accused as Shauqueen and Rahil (both muslim) - both residents of Jogiya Khera village itself. Police are investigating the case and the victim was sent for medical examination to establish sexual assault. Efforts are on to trace and arrest the accused.

Muslim MLA Shahnawaz Rana accused of rape

UP chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati has suspended her party MLA Shahnawaz Rana (muslim) whose aides have been arrested by the police for kidnapping two girls and trying to rape them in Muzaffarnagar. She has also directed special task force of the state police to probe into the matter. Rana has several criminal cases pending against him in police record.

 According to UP home secretary Fateh Bahadur Singh, the girls hailed from Delhi and were on their way home after spending some time in the hill station of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. The culprits intercepted vehicle in which the girls were travelling with their cousins on Tuesday night on the busy national highway and kidnapped them on gun point.

The victims were forced to stop their vehicle near a petrol pump. Later, the accused were joined by a few other men, who were in an SUV fitted with red beacon. They thrashed the two cousins of the girls. They girls were kidnapped and taken to a secluded spot. One of victims, however, managed to call the police for her mobile phone.

The police has registered a case of kidnapping, molestation and attempted rape against MLA's aides. Two of them, - Dilshad Mahmood and Ragib, have been arrested. The vehicle used in the crime has also been recovered. The police has also found the firearm used in the crime. Police also raided MLA's house in Bijnore and other places to arrest the accused.

Narendra Kumar Khokhar and Jarar Husain, the two bodyguards provided to MLA's wife Intikhab Rana have also been arrested and put under suspension. The two body guards were also named in the complaint. The MLA's wife is jila panchayat chairman, Muzaffarnagar.

Mayawati has issued a warning to all party leaders that any act of violating law will not be tolerated no matter who so ever he/she is. Mayawati has taken action against over 12 party leaders for their alleged involvement in criminal activities since 2007 when she came to power. However, despite that, BSP leaders continue to figure in the news for the wrong reasons.

Brothers arrested

Saddam Rana and Shahjad Rana, who were accused of kidnapping two girls and trying to rape them, have been arrested. The duo are brothers of BSP MLA Shahnawaz Rana and were arrested in Muzaffarnagar by the police on Friday evening. The three vehicles used for crime have also been recovered. The vehicles were registered in the name of Rana group of companies.The two brothers were declared absconders with an award of Rs 5,000 each.

Schoolgirl gangraped by 5 youths in Muzaffarnagar

Demanding arrest of the alleged gangrape culprits people blocked the highway in the district, police said today.

A tenth standard girl student was allegedly raped by five youths in Miranpur town of the district yesterday.

Irate people blocked the Delhi-Pauri highway for about an hour in the town today, they said, .

Shops, schools and other institutions were also closed in the area today.

"The main accused, Salman (a muslim) has been arrested while four of his associates are absconding," police said, adding that the search was on to nab the absconding youths.

Yesterday, the girl was forcibly taken to a nearby jungle by the five youths while she was going to her school where she was gangraped by them.

Later the victim was found in the fields in the semi naked state.

Women gang raped by 4 Muslim men

A 30-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four persons, who also made a video clip of her, in Sikri village under Bhopa police station in the district, police said.

A 30-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four persons, who also made a video clip of her, in Sikri village under Bhopa police station in the district, police said here today.

The victim has alleged in her complaint that the accused entered her house when her husband was not there and raped her at gun point yesterday evening, said Kalpana Saxena, SP Crime.

The four accused who have been identified as Naushad, Pravaiz, Kamal Hasan and Nazar (all Muslims) are absconding, she said.

The victim said that accused also made a video clip of the incident, police said.

The victim has been sent for medical examination and investigation is on, they said.

In another incident, a 28-year-old widow was raped allegedly by her brother-in-law at Bhaderi village in the district, police said here today.

The victim's husband had died five years ago and she was living with her in-laws.

The victim has been sent for medical examination, police said.

Class IX student raped in Shamli; minor gang raped in Sambhal

A Class IX student was allegedly raped by a youth at Lilon village in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said in Muzzafarnagar on Saturday.

On Friday, the 13-year-old girl was intercepted by the accused when she was on her way to school. The youth Dilshad (a Muslim) falsely told the girl that her father is ill, took her to a nearby house where he raped her, Deputy Superintendent of Police Prakash Kumar told reporters.

The girl has been sent for medical examination, he said, adding that a case has been registered against the absconding accused.

Irate people gheraoed the police station in protest against the incident, he added.

Meanwhile, a minor girl was gang raped in Asmoli area in Uttar Pradesh's Sanbhal allegedly by three youths, police said today. The incident took place on Aug 13 when the 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Alim, Kayyum and Tabarak (both muslim) of the same village, they said.

The FIR of the incident was registered last night by family members of the victim.   No arrests have so far been made in this connection.

Muzaffarnagar – Where Riots Turned into Pathology From Anatomy

A dozen daily wage farm workers and simple village folk were travelling in a tractor as usual from Mod Khurd village to Munjhera in the hope that they could get a better deal for their labor next day. At the entrance to Munjhera is a mosque on the roadside which everyone has to pass through to enter the village. Hiding within the mosque were some 50-60 heavily armed men waiting in darkness to pounce upon any ‘Kafirs‘ who were unlucky enough to pass through on that fateful Friday evening.

At the outskirts of the village, the driver and the leader of the farm workers realized that there was something really horrifying about the eerie silence in this minority dominated village, but he was too late. As the tractor ambled across the mosque road, it was met with scores of flying stones, which took them by surprise. This stone pelting continued for some time, even as the men tried to find cover in the trolley. Some industrious folk managed to jump ship and escape into the wilderness, but others weren’t so lucky.

The mob from the mosque then surrounded the tractor and pulled down some 6 men and threw them on the roadside. What happened over the next 30 minutes is too graphic to print – “it was the worst nightmare one could ever have” as per one of the survivors who is grievously injured and may not live long. The farm workers were first beaten up mercilessly and were then attacked with sharp weapons by a gang of 50 odd “mushtandey“. Finally, they were shot at pointblank range, so that they had no chance of surviving.

Meanwhile, those who had escaped the stone pelting reached the local police station and complained about the attack, but to their utter frustration, the police refused to budge from their seats. For more than an hour the police refused to visit the mosque to rescue the victims and when they finally did reach the spot, they found three bodies lying in a pool of blood. Two of the dead were simply identified as that of Pappu and Joginder, while one other victim was still breathing. Three other farm workers are still missing, 3 days after the incident, and are presumed dead for all practical purposes. The Mosque Mob? By the time police reached the spot, all of them had returned back to their homes after their evening hunting expedition and were probably sleeping peacefully.

This is not a one-off incident, this is what is happening across Muzaffarnagar district. These villages have been turned into killing fields even as rumors fly thick in the air. Nobody knows for certain how many people have died in the violence. Till late Monday night, the official tally still stood at around 31, but nobody believes that tally; not the ordinary folks, not local newspaper men, not political netas and not even the cops themselves. Everybody talks in whispers, some suggest “it’s more than a hundred“, while others presume “at least 250 dead in 10 days“. When official arithmetic marries political convenience, it begets rumor – an illegitimate child of conscience. It is indeed ironic that more than 65 years after independence we cannot even count our dead. (For instance, we are none the wiser about the actual death toll in the neighbouring Uttarakhand even after 3 months).

Muzaffarnagar district in particular and Western Uttar Pradesh in general has been a communal tinderbox for ages, yet these riots are unprecedented for one major reason. Riots in India are largely an urban phenomenon, for in the cities anonymous men fight and kill other anonymous men and women – or at least that is what was always postulated by ‘great’ secular social scientists till now. In our villages there was supposed to be just ‘communal tension’ not ‘communal rioting’, for everyone knows everyone else. This idyllic narrative of our villages where ‘communal tension’ is sorted out by community elders and village panchayats has been turned upside down.

At the height of Babri Masjid conflict of 91-92-93, 90% of all rioting was centred around the cities. Even in India’s worst communal conflagration of the 1947 partition, violence was largely an urban phenomenon and the villages were mostly untouched – both in Punjab and Bengal. What has changed in 2013? Is this just a logical corollary of the neo-rurbanization phenomenon? Are there any external catalysts to this process of riot-flow from urban to rural?

Yes our villages are no longer isolated from the world and news spreads at lightening speeds here too. News is no longer a two-dimensional phenomenon, for it has acquired an audio-visual element to it. What is more, news is now an interactive medium in the world of mobile telephony, internet and social media. Thus villages can react with violence as a legitimate tool. But there are other catalysts too. For instance, visit any village in Muzaffarnagar and you are likely to find new settlements of outsiders – a euphemism for “Bangladeshis” – who have now become part of the village political-economy. Add to this, the growing reach of the global Ummah philosophy combined with the fanaticism angle of “Islam Katre mein hai” and you have a potent mixture for disaster. In this concoction, when you add a large haul of “sophisticated arms, like hand grenades and AK 47s” smuggled from the Nepal border, you get a deadly syrup of violent riots.

Over the last few months there have been numerous reports of deadly weapons being circulated in UP, but the government has taken absolutely no action till date. There have been rumours that a powerful minister of the region belonging to the minority community is hand-in-glove with this whole exercise of arming a community to the teeth. In fact, quite a few vehicles have been raided by the police with large quantities of illegal weapons, but the state administration has adopted a “blind eye” policy towards this whole phenomenon. Finally, on Sunday, when the army conducted flag marches in various villages, some of the villagers actually fired back at the army, which eventually led to army ceasing a large haul of illegal arms.

When the riots began, the Jats of western UP did not know what hit them. Usually the farming community of western UP is highly organized and has a strongly militant outlook to any sort of perceived injustice, but they were totally underprepared to face this systematic attack. Jats and Muslims have had a longstanding alliance in this region, so it came as a big surprise to many of them that the idea of anti-Kafirism had entered into Western UP with such violence. The first few days were a complete surprise for the Jats as they faced these relentless attacks by organized mobs with unheard of weapons.

Four days after the riots began, on the 31st of August, the Jats first called a Panchayat at Jaansaath Tehsil, but even after trying to organize themselves, they were hopelessly outmaneuvered. It was only after Narendra Tikait and Rakesh Tikait – both sons of the legendary farmer leader, Mahendra Singh Tikait – entered the scene that the fight back began in earnest. This is where the politics of UP underwent a radical shift in the span of just a fortnight.

First, BSP MP Kadir Rana, Congress leader Saiduzzaman and Samajwadi Party leader Rashid Siddiqui made a highly charged communal speech at Khaalapur on the 30th of August, which was attended by more than 15 thousand people, despite of prohibitory orders under section 144. Then the Mahapanchayat of 7th September was attended by Hukum Singh, Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana of BJP, former Congress MP Harinder Malik and the Tikait brothers of the BKU. This is the familiar pattern of the early 90′s when Muslim and Hindu leaders cutting across political parties joined forces to fight their battles. Thus Uttar Pradesh now stands polarized in totality, right from the villages up to the netas.

It is in this polarized state that the vultures landed 10 days after the riots started. It is natural for the vultures to feed on the dead and thus began a process of selective feeding based on their favored ideological positioning. The same Dilli News Media which was almost totally absent for 10 days when the violence was one-sided, went to Muzaffarnagar to create tales of minority victimhood. On Monday, suddenly our television screens were filled with skullcaps. Then Dilli media’s favorite whipping boy was brought out into open. Thus Muzaffarnagar riots found salvation in Amit Shah’s visit to Ayodhya and Narendra Modi’s ability to “polarize” the voters.

This is the underlying pathology of the Muzaffarnagar riots, wherein reality is twisted by the media vultures to suit their own ideological convenience. Instead of blaming the real culprit, Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh, MSM blames every known adversary of Dilli-news media – Social Media, Modi, BJP, Amit Shah etc. In the real world, communal fire is spreading from the cities to villages, but media is busy peddling victimhood.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a girl's harassment

A Hindu girl was being harassed by a Muslim boy in the village of Kawal, just 10 km from Muzaffarnagar. Lazy Indian police refused to file a complaint and Two Jat boys reacted to it taking the matter into their own hands and in a fight that Muslim boy got killed (It is not clear whether that boy was killed. Some say he was killed and the others say he was seriously injured). When those two Jatt boys were trying to run away from the scene they were caught by a Muslim mob and thrashed to death.

According to the local police superintendent, a resident of Malakpura village was told by his sister that a boy was harrasing her. Enraged at this, he, along with a friend, attacked the alleged with a knife and later shot him. As the two tried to flee the crime scene, they were overpowered by the villagers and were beaten to death

Now the thing is that two men of a particular community kill a sex offender. And in turn they are lynched by a mob of the other community, who think defending a woman is worthy of being killed by a mob.

A Muslim Youth molested a Hindu girl. The police refused to register the girl's complaint. The girl's brothers then punished the molester Muslim youth who was responsible, themselves. A mob of Muslims then killed the two brothers who had acted to save their sister's honour.

This was not the first time a girl was harassed by Muslims in the past many incidents of rapes by Muslims have been recorded in those areas making the matter worse.
Class IX student raped in Shamli; minor gang raped in Sambhal 
Muslim cleric arrested for abducting 11-year-old girl
Woman gang-raped by four men, filmed in Muzaffarnagar
Schoolgirl gangraped by 5 youths in Muzaffarnagar
MLA Shahnawaz Rana accused of rape
Girl, school teacher sexually assaulted by Muslims in UP

Jat community organised a panchayat seeking justice for death of their two youth. They also demanded the removal of Superintendent of Police of Shamli district. They were unhappy with the police as they did not file the complaint of the girl's harassment which forced the boys to take the matter into their own hands.

Now this is where it all exaggerated.
After the Panchayat when the Hindu farmers were returning home they were attacked by Muslim mob triggering an angry backlash. Clashes then broke out in neighbouring villages on Sunday (as reported by ndtv).

Muslim cleric arrested for abducting 11-year-old girl

 MUZAFFARNAGAR: A Muslim cleric has been arrested for allegedly abducting an 11-year-old girl in Budhana town of the district.

Abdul Rahim, the imam of a Mosque, was arrested yesterday after the girl, who was missing since August 21 was found in Budhana when police questioned Abdul.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Rape women's fault

Prime accused in Mumbai gangrape of photo journalist

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sushmita Banerjee shot dead in Afghanistan who was she

Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, who wrote a memoir about her escape from the Taliban, has been shot dead in Afghanistan by terrorists according to Afghan authorities.

Sushmita Banerjee, a Hindu, was married to Jaanbaz Khan, a Muslim under the Special Marriage Act on July 2, 1988.
Sushmita defied her family in order to marry Jaanbaz. They married secretly, fearing parental objection. But her parents discovered the marriage and tried to get them divorced. This made them flee from Kolkata to Afghanistan, Jaanbaz's native land.

At the time of marriage Sushmita didn't know that her husband Janbaz has another wife (polygamy).
These are the words of Sushmita and I quote:
"In reality, when I saw them in bed together, I was stunned, as I did not know that my husband had another wife at that time."

Later she came to know that her husband has another wife when she saw them together in bed but it was too late when she came to know about all this she already defied her family who were against this marriage and she couldn't have returned back so she was trapped.
Basically she was made a fool by her Muslim lover.
At the end she died because of Islamic extremism, what a sad story.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Arab Sheikh buys 3 Indian Muslim girls for $60 each

Arab Sheikh buys 3 Indian Muslim girls for $60 each. Mullah marries them in 10 minutes; he rapes & discards them month later.

Hyderabad, Aug. 14: In 10 minutes of one another, Afreen, Farheen and Sultana were married. To a stinking rich 60-year-old sheikh from the Emirates.

Mohammed Baquer Khan had gifted the girls’ poor parents ' all staying in the Kalapathat slum in the old city of Hyderabad ' Rs 10,000 each and promised another Rs 10,000 each plus visas for their families to move to the UAE.

If there was money to be got as well as a husband for their daughters, what difference did it make if the girls were only 17, 20 and 19'

The wedding was held sometime at July-end. Last Thursday, the girls filed a complaint with police that the sheikh had disappeared, promises and all.

The trio had been among 10 girls paraded in front of the sheikh in the house of one Mumtaz Begum, who, along with accomplices Toufiq and Mansoor, had convinced them they would never go hungry again if they agreed to the marriage.

The sheikh tied the knot the same day in a simple no-frills ceremony, presided over by one Mansoor Ali. There were no witnesses at the wedding.

“The Arab married all three of us within 10 minutes of one another. All three of us spent several days with him at a city lodge,” Afreen said.

Last Monday, the sheikh told the girls to go home and come back after two days. When the girls went back on Wednesday, he was gone.

Panicky, they went to Mumtaz’s house. It was locked. So they decided to go to the police.

A police raid the same day on Mumtaz’s house came a cropper. Yesterday, however, the police managed to track the touts at the fake moulvi Mansoor Ali’s house. All four were arrested.

Deputy police commissioner (west zone) Shandilya said the marriage modus operandi was so “stereotyped” that it was amazing how people could fall into the trap over and over again.

“It has become so common we don’t know how people in the old city fall prey to it again and again,” he said.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Indian clerics tell Muslim girls not to post 'selfies' on Facebook

Clerics in India have denounced "Facebook selfies" as un-Islamic and forbidden Muslim girls from posting pictures of themselves on social networks.

 Two leading helplines for young Muslims seeking guidance have warned teenagers that in Islam the only men who should see their faces are close relatives and their husbands.

Their edict will be difficult to enforce within India's growing ranks of middle class Muslims among whom social networking is as popular as it is in the West.

Sunni and Shia clerics have warned them, however, that true relationships and friendships cannot be made over the internet and that it is wrong for girls to project their charms online.

Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan, president of the Itehad-e-Millat Council, in Barelli, Uttar Pradesh said Muslim girls were at risk on social networks.

"Uploading pictures on Facebook or other social networking sites should be avoided. As per the Islamic traditions showing your face to unknown and unrelated men is prohibited. Moreover, these pictures can be misused by any person. Social networking sites should be used for better things than displaying ones physical beauty," he said.

 Mufti Abul Irfan Naimul Halim Firagni Mahli, a leading Sunni figure who runs a popular Islamic helpline, told the Press Trust of India that while it was permissible for Muslims to use social network sites, like Facebook and Twitter, for business, it was forbidden to seek relationships on them.

"You can't see someone's face on Facebook and decide that you want to be friends or look love in real life. Virtual relationships are not profitable. If one is on Facebook for business purposes or for constructive purposes, then the account is justifiable," he said.

More than half the 1000 calls he fields per month are from callers seeking moral advice on using the web, he said.

Another cleric, Maulana Saif Abbas Naqvi, said posting photographs on Facebook was simply "haram" - forbidden.

"We are liberal. We are not Taliban-minded. When youngsters ask us if they can have a Facebook or Twitter profile, we allow that. But the Shariah does not allow women to post pictures, he said.