UK Muslim channel accused of encouraging marital rape

London, Mar.26 (ANI): Britain’s broadcasting watchdog OFCOM has launched an investigation against the country’s leading Muslim TV channel – the Islam Channel – after it was accused of encouraging “marital rape” and promoting hatred and intolerance.

OFCOM took the decision to investigate after being handed a major report by counter-terrorism think tank Quilliam, reports the Daily Express.

The London-based Islam Channel has a worldwide audience of two million.

The report claims the Islam Channel’s presenters and guests “regularly make derogatory statements about women and their role in society”.

In one programme, a guest tells viewers that Muslim women cannot refuse their husbands’ sexual advances.

Another presenter said women caused the “main sources” of problems facing modern society.

The think tank also accused the channel of advertising talks by extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who has alleged links with Al Qaeda.

An OFCOM spokesman said: “This report raises some serious allegations. We will investigate where our rules may have been broken.”

In 2007, OfCOM fined the Islam Channel 30,000-pounds for breaking rules on political impartiality by showing programmes hosted by candidates of George Galloway’s Respect Party during the 2006 local election.

A spokesman for the Islam Channel, available in the UK to satellite viewers, said last night that it “promotes the role of women in society and that is why almost half of those working at Islam Channel are women.”

“We strongly reject all forms of extremism. We condemn unreservedly all forms of violence and the killing of innocent people regardless of their faith and ethnicity.” (ANI)

7 in 10 Pakistanis consider religious extremism to be a major threat

New York, Mar. 14 (ANI): Most Pakistanis believe that the consequences of religious extremism are going to be terrible for their country and people, a new survey has revealed.

According to a poll conducted by Pew Global survey (IRI) global research in 2008, 72 percent Pakisatnis said they were concerned about Islamic extremism in their country, while 54 per cent said they were very concerned about it, the Dawn reports.

Pakistanis’ concern rated highest in percentage among the eight countries, which were surveyed. The question was asked to the citizens of Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Turkey.n October 2008′s IRI poll, sixty percent Pakistanis had characterized religious extremism to be a serious problem, but most people were averse the idea that the Pakistani military should combat extremist groups.ust 38 per cent of Pakistanis supported using the Army to fight extremists in NWFP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). About one-third said they would like to see the Army confront al Qaeda, while 52 per cent disagreed with this view.

However, support for military action had increased since IRI’s previous poll in June 2008, when just 27 per cent wanted the Army to fight extremists in tribal areas. Around 22 percent said army should fight al Qaeda, while twenty percent felt this way about the Taliban.he October poll also revealed that more than half of Pakistanis supported the government cutting a deal with radical groups. 54 per cent agreed with the statement ‘I support a peace deal with the extremists,’ while just 35 per cent disagreed.

In the June poll, 64 per cent had supported a peace deal and only 18per cent had opposed one.

The earlier survey conducted in 2004 had found that roughly four-in-ten Pakistani Muslims said suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians could be justified to protect Islam from its enemies. However, in April 2008 only five per cent citizens justified it. (ANI)