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Women’s rally in Kolkata

Kolkata: In the backdrop of a rising graph of rape, murder, molestation, dowry killing committed against women, West Bengal Jamaat-e Islami held a big rally in Kolkata on 30 October which is considered a historical event in West Bengal’s history. The rally commenced at Haji Mohammad Mohsin Square and concluded at Rani Rashmoni Avenue where a grand women’s conference was held.

Inaugurating the conference, the state president of JIH women’s wing Rehana Sultana said that not even a political party in West Bengal had been able to organise such grand women’s rally about one of the most burning issues in the country. The ongoing heinous crimes against women should be stopped immediately, she said. She also said that the govt. should take stern steps to punish the culprits involved in such crimes. She exhorted women to wear modest clothes, put on hijab and give up provocative dressing. She said that women should not be used as a commodity. She strongly condemned the commercialisation of the female body.

The state president of JIH  West Bengal Mohammad Nooruddin said that the conference is against the current violence against woman, against the lobby which wants to disrobe woman. Our movement is to protect women’s dignity, he said adding that a mass movement should be launched against the commodification of women in the name of so-called women emancipation. He emphasised on education for women and said that we are strongly against immorality in the name of freedom of women.

Dr. Raisuddin, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said a woman renders a dual duty in her family: as a wife she has to support her husband to maintain a righteous way of life and as a mother she has to care for the proper upbringing of her children. Woman is the first educational mentor for her child.

CPIM MLA and former minister in the state govt. Abdur Razzaque Molla said he whole heartedly supported the programme organised by JIH. He said the gathering is not only for the Muslim women but also for the the whole country. He said no political party or other mass organisation dared to organise such grand conference of women in Kolkata in support of women’s dignity and rights but the Muslim women have done this today. He spoke strongly against the dowry system.

State General Secretary of JIH Mohammed Abdur Rafique said that mere protest, convention and laws cannot prevent atrocities on women. He said only capital punishment can prevent all the crimes against women and can save their dignity. He said, women in general are being deprived from their right of property. He said, this convention raises its voice against feticide. (Shaikh Rabiul Islam)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2013 on page no. 13

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