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Nayanar's Assurance to Muslim Women
By Mukundan C. Menon,
|Kerala Chief Minister E. K. Nayanar
assured a delegation of Muslim women, representing Jama'at-e-Islami Hind,
that his government will initiate steps to modify laws dealing with
atrocities on women to ensure speedy justice. The team led by women's'
wing President Fatima Moosa met Nayanar recently to submit a memorandum in
connection with their ongoing campaign to halt atrocities against women,
following the dastardly rape incident amidst last month's violence at
Nadapuram in Kozhicode district.
The team delegates later said that Nayanar had reminded them that law
alone could not protect women from atrocities. In addition to legal
measures, greater social awareness should be created among the public on
the issue, the Chief Minister opined. Nayanar also asked them to rally
women against publications which maligned the reputation of women in
The memorandum submitted to the chief minister, in particular, drew his
attention on large-scale crude and unauthorized abortions taking place in
utter violation of basic norms of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP)
Act in many hospitals within Kerala. The government should initiate
stringent actions against such hospitals and clinics who carry out illegal
abortions. There should be strict restrictions in granting permission for
MTP to hospitals, since too many hospitals are being permitted to carry
out MTP now.
The memorandum also pointed out that erosion of moral values and
promiscuity in society had led to spread of dreaded diseases like AIDS and
urged for steps to inculcate moral values among people.
The memorandum also complained that Nayanar Government had not succeeded
in effectively implementing the arrack ban, which resulted in recent hooch
tragedy killing around 40 people in Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram districts.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Jamaath Council has urged the LDF Government to
enforce total prohibition in the State. Its state president, K. A. Hassan,
and General Secretary, A. Pookunju, told a press meet that the jamaaths
have been instructed to oust Muslims who deal in or distribute liquor.
Disclosing details of Council's 20th State Conference held here last week,
they said that the Conference protested against the Government's
indifference in not booking those responsible for violence and harassment
of women in Nadapuram last month. ‘Those who proclaimed themselves as
protectors of the minority have become the destroyers. Action should be
taken against the legislators who led the violence.’ The Council also
urged all secular forces, including the Communists and Congress, to unite
under one banner to protect the unity and integrity of the country and to
maintain its secular nature, and asked those concerned to abandon the idea
of floating a third front. q