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VP Zuhara has indomitable zeal to serve Muslim women


Zuhara wants to provide a platform to Muslim women with the help of a voluntary organisation popularly known as ‘Nisa’ for fighting gender inequality and malpractices prevalent in the Muslim community such as polygamy, triple talaq, dowry, domestic violence, equal property rights and also guardianship rights for the Muslim women. Ever since ‘Nisa’ was founded Zuhara has been persistently toiling hard to highlight all issues being faced by the Muslim women in Kerala.

It is believed that Zuhara after having personally experienced the agony of gender malpractices, is aware of the ground reality and works to provide solace to all aggrieved women of the community with the the help of her organisation. The need for, and the idea to constitute a forum of progressive-minded Muslims, came into being following a seminar organised in 1997 at Kozhikode by Kerala Women’s Commission, which was chaired by poet and social activist Sugathakumari.

Zuhara was also a victim of such malpractices prevalent in the community. She got married at the age of 14 and after 4 years she was divorced and by that time she was the mother of two children. She recalls, I was too young to know why I was divorced and at that time I thought that I was under curse from women who had been divorced by elders in my own family.

Although it took a long time for her to come out of that trauma and eventually decided to give voice to Muslim women. According to Zuhara her campaign has led to the arrest of an Arab national from a hotel in Kozhikode with the practice of Arabi kalyanam came to an end.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 19

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