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UP minority commission encourages Muslim women to voice their plight

S.M.A. Kazmi, chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission while speaking on the occasion of social meet organised by Tarun Chetna (an NGO) at Patti in Pratapgarh, which is working for the welfare of Muslim women said that Muslim women must raise their voice collectively in association with NGOs before the state government. The NGO provided a platform for the deprived minority women to express their plight before the head of the Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission. Director of Tarun Chetna M. Nasim Ansari, while addressing the public forum, said that for a healthy society contribution of women is very important. Even though women are suitably recognised within their religion, their conditions are deplorable. The findings of Sachar Report narrate their pathetic condition. The condition of Muslim women is worse than others.
 
Kazmi handing over cheque to Farheen
Kazmi handing over cheque to Farheen

The issue of dowry, talaq and domestic violence haunts these women every now and then. Yet they are deprived of schemes by the government as they hardly find anyone showing them the right path and procedure to avail benefits. Tarun Chetna’s initiative aims at encouraging these voiceless women to have their say in front of people who can solve their grievances. Many Muslim women, one after the other, described their condition to the head of the Minority Commission. People gathered at this meet came to tears when they saw tears rolling down the eyes of the chairman of the Minority Commission when a young disabled girl called Farheen, clad in ragged clothes, virtually grovelled on the stage while narrating her story. She said, “I want to study, my parents cannot afford to buy a tricycle for me and neither the school has given me one so far.” Moved by her condition, he announced to give her a tricycle, Rs 5000 and also assured her to meet all expenses for her study in future. Kazmi also announced his mobile number 09415217074 so that anyone can directly speak to him about his problem.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2010 on page no. 21

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