Clerics denounce Shia leader’s remarks on women in politics
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:27
Lucknow: Shia leader Kalbe Jawwad's remarks on participation of women in politics on Saturday stirred a hornet's nest with Muslim women and clerics saying these were against the teachings and principles of Islam.

Jawwad had said in Allahabad yesterday that instead of becoming leaders and politicians, women should perform the task for which they have been sent by the almightly -- to give birth to good leaders.

Denouncing the statement, Khalid Rasheed Firangimahali, Niab Imam of the Idgah and a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said it had nothing to do either with Shariat or Islam.

"Islam does not discriminate between men and women," he said terming the remarks as unfortunate.

To reinforce his point, he said Muslim women had played an important role in the freedom struggle and in the task of nation building.

Shaista Amber, president of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, expressed surprise over the statement and cited the example of Shia-dominated Iran where women had been participating in every sphere of life.

"In Pakistan and Bangladesh too, women have been taking part in politics and public life in a big way," she said.

"The Prime Minister of Bangladesh is a woman while the assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto was also a woman though Pakistan is a theocratic state," Amber said.

"Islam even permits women to come out and earn their livelihood if the situation so warrants in an honest and legitimate manner," she said

The reservation in state legislatures for women should not be limited to 33 percent, Amber said, adding there was enough room for increasing it to 50 percent.


First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:27

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