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Geelani decries enforcement of purdah
Ali Shah Geelani the senior Kashmiri leader and former Hurriyat Conference
chairman has criticized the move of a new separatist organization
Lashkar-e-Jabbar to enforce a purdah code in the troubled state. He has
also vehemently opposed acid attacks on veil-less women in the Valley.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that even though he supports observance of
purdah by Muslim women and describes it as a symbol of dignity and self
respect, he however said that it needed a system and state to enforce the
law of purdah. The fiery Kashmiri leader said at the Hurriyat headquarters
in Srinagar that individuals cannot enforce their will or laws. Geelani
urged those who were campaigning for the observance of purdah in the
Valley to go in for persuasive methods instead of coercion. He added that
unless we have a state of Islam, laws related to it cannot be enforced.
Women have been scrambling to get burqa (veils) in the valley since
Lashkar-e-Jabbar an unknown organization threw acid on three women
teachers early last month for not wearing veils. The group has given a
deadline in mid-September to adhere to the Islamic dress code. The issue
has been widely covered in the media since the incident took place. Most
of the Hurriyat leaders have condemned the move calling it un-Islamic.