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  1. Rights Group: 461 Pakistani Women Killed Wed Dec 11, 6:45 AM ET By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's main human rights body said Wednesday that at least 461 women have been killed by family members in so-called "honor killings" this year, an increase from the year before. In such killings, women are murdered to protect the "family honor" for immoral behavior ranging from sex outside marriage, dating, talking to men, being raped or even cooking poorly. The 2002 figure is up from about 372 honor killings the year before and demonstrates the need for increased protection for women in Pakistan, the private Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said. The group said it also shows an apparent lack of commitment to fight the practice by Pakistan\'s military government, which had made repeated promises to improve women\'s right in this poor country of 145 million people. "Crimes against women continued to rise this year, and at least 461 women were killed alone in the two provinces of Pakistan in the name of honor," Kamla Hayat, a senior official with the rights commission, told The Associated Press. Hayat said the number of honor killings could be much higher, and that her group is still in the process of compiling a report on crimes against women. Such killings also occur in some other Muslim countries. Hayat, however, said the increase in recorded honor killings might also be the results of an increased willingness by family and friends to report the crime as opposition to the practice grows in some areas. "We are mainly relying on the data collected from the two provinces Punjab and Sindh," Hayat said. The 2001 figures are based on reports from the same two provinces. She said the commission doesn't have enough resources to operate in Baluchistan and the North Western Frontier - deeply conservative provinces that share a border with Afghanistan (news - web sites), where former Taliban regime had introduced a harsher version of Islam. The fact that those conservative regions are not included in the report suggest the number of actual killings is higher. According to the commission's figures, out of 161 slain women in Punjab state, 67 were killed by their brothers, 49 by their husbands and rest of their were executed by other family members. In seven cases, sons killed their mothers. On Nov. 11, a young woman was hacked to death with an ax by close relatives in the southern city of Faisalabad on suspicion that she was having "immoral relations" with a man. The man was also killed. Also in November, a widow was killed by her brother in the industrial city of Gujranwala because the brother suspected she was living with a man outside marriage. In those two cases, the culprits surrendered to police and are awaiting trial, said Mirrat Malik, a research assistant at the commission. In June, a woman in Punjab was gang-raped on the order of a tribal council as punishment for her teenage brother having sex with a woman from another clan. In that case, six men were convicted of attacking her and sentenced to hang. But in most honor killings, the perpetrators are rarely punished. "Unfortunately, police in Pakistan either don't arrest such killers or they are not treated as murderers," Hayat said. For example, of Punjab's 161 cases, only 27 killers were arrested. No figures were available on convictions. But officials said the government has been closely monitoring such crimes against women and move swiftly whenever they are reported. "The government has recently made some changes in the laws to give more protection to the women, and it will be unfair to say that the government is quiet on the subject," said Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema, Director General at Pakistan's Interior Ministry. However, the situation may not improve soon. Pakistani religious parties who made a strong showing in the Oct. 10 parliamentary elections are also in favor of giving only "limited" independence to the women, who make up half of Pakistan's population of 140 million.
  2. Tarun: Haribol! thanks for sharing that recipe, i have been looking for the perfect barbeque sauce mix, i hope this is it! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif keep sending those tried and tested recipes!
  3. the acharyas and saintly persons have always reminded us the mood of this age "kali-yuga", which is tainted with quarrel, chaos, and confusion, alongside with the occurence of natural and man made catastrophies, i guess predicting the exact time and place of such event happening offers little value since we already anticipate that these things are bound to happen, the important thing to think about is how prepared are we when these events happen. Our main focus of activity should be geared towards the improvement of our spiritual life, the recommended activity to achieve the perfection of this life for this age has been revealed by Lord Chaitanya and the acharyas, which is the hearing and chanting of the holy names, its up to us to act on it and share this with others! Nitai Gauranga haribol!
  4. watch out for more of gauracandra's exciting gluten adventures!
  5. gauracandra, haribol! juz want to share with u 2 ez gluten recipes which you may find handy one of these days: AFRITADA- this recipe is a famous dish in our country, the philippines, has its spanish flavor to it, originally this recipe uses chicken, but we are saving more chicken here by replacing the meat with gluten! ½ kg gluten, sliced ¾” 6 pc medium potatoes, diced ¾ 2 pc. Carrots, diced ¾” 4 pc small green and red sweet bell pepper, sliced in squares 1/3 cup celery, sliced small vinegar salt black pepper brown sugar soy sauce olive oil (optional) cooking oil (for frying) tomato sauce Fry sliced gluten chunks that have been seasoned with salt and pepper, until light golden brown and crispy. Drain. Set aside. Slightly fry the potatoes and carrots. Set aside. Saute celery, add bell pepper, add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, brown sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Add prefried potatoes, carrots, and gluten. Add 1-2 cups of water to make saucy. Bring to boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add olive oil if desired. Serve. GLUTEN ALA KING-this recipe needs no introduction ½ k gluten 1 pc each green and red bell pepper 1 cup evaporated milk 1 cup quickmelt cheese (grated) 1 tsp black pepper 1 can pimiento (diced) ½ k potatoes 1 cup sweet peas 1 cup cream of mushrooms leeks (optional) Cut gluten in cubes and fry until golden brown. Set aside. Cut potatoes in cubes and fry until golden brown. Set aside. Saute green and red bell pepper and leeks. Stir in evaporated milk, cream of mushroom and grated cheese and a little amount of water. Season with salt and pimiento. Boil stirring constantly, then add fried gluten, potatoes and sweet peas. Serve. Let me know how it turns out! Haribol!
  6. bebot, haribol! for the meantime you might want to check out mantra meditation 101, you can visit the articles page there where you can read some of siddhaswarupanada's writings, hope you visit the site soon! www.mantra101.ionichost.com
  7. Haribol! juz posted 2 new articles on the mantra meditation 101 website hope you guys check it out after reading this post! thanks! namaste.
  8. theist, Haribol! no harm done pal, just let me know if you got some audio tapes or booklets there, don't forget to sign in the guestbook, and recommend your friends to visit the site! thanks! Namaste.
  9. mahak, Haribol! thanks for visiting the site and signing in the guestbook, hope you'll visit mantra meditation 101 again soon! appreciate your support! Namaste.
  10. Babhru das, Haribol! forgot to thank you for visiting the site, pls. do come back again and don't forget to sign in the guestbook or recommend the site to your friends, so we can encourage other spirit souls to chant God's Names! i'll be adding two (2) more articles which also came from the life force series booklets, the lotus pond article is udpdated weekly as usual. Namaste.
  11. avinash, Thanks for visiting mantra101 and reading the articles, i plan to add two more articles which i got from the life force series booklets, so i can help promote in my own little way the life force publication here. Please do visit the site again. Namaste.
  12. theist, Haribol! I dont have any contact person yet at Transcendental Sound, try giving them a call, their phone number is located at the mantra101 site under the link "learn more", if you have any difficulties, let me know and let's see what we can do here. Thanks! pls. dont forget to sign in the guestbook, ok?
  13. avinash, Haribol, plz. dont forget to visit Mantra Meditation 101 and sign in the guestbook so we can help encourage others especially to chant the Holy Names of God! Thanks! Namaste.
  14. shashi, Haribol! dont forget to visit Mantra Meditation 101 and sign in the guestbook to encourage others to chant the Holy Names! check it out www.mantra101.ionichost.com thanks!
  15. ram, Haribol, The bible verse i mentioned was taken from John 6:17, the Jewish authorities were questioning Jesus' authority in preaching, Jesus replied "Whoever is willing to do what God wants will know whether what I teach comes from God or whether I speak from on my own authority." Regarding your first question what is the need for Jesus if a person is already doing God's will, If that person is already doing God's will the more he will seek a bonafide representative of God, receive instruction from him, and become his servant. On your second question, "what is the use of Jesus to a sinner who doesn't follow God's will?" a bonafide representative of God is the external manifestation of God's mercy, he gives every living entity the opportunity even the most sinful person, to revive his eternal relationship with God. Namaste.
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