Helpline for Shia women to lodge complaints against foeticide
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Last Updated: Monday, March 14, 2011, 00:09
Lucknow: In a bid to check female foeticide, the All India Shia Personal Law Board has decided to set up a helpline for community women where they can lodge their complaints against the practice.

"During the recent two day convention of the AISPLB, a resolution was passed to start a helpline to check female foeticide in the community," Chairman of the Board Mirza Mohammad Athar told reporters.

Foeticide is strictly prohibited under Islamic law. "As per the resolution if any woman is pressurised for foeticide by her in-laws or others, she can call the helpline and lodge her complaint," he said.

The chairman said that initially efforts would be made to sensitise her family and if they insist on going ahead with the foeticide, then they would be socially boycotted.

He said that during the convention emphasis was given on giving the "meher" (money given by the groom to the bride) at the time of marriage and efforts would be made to implement the rule among Shia community.

"Another resolution was passed to check extravagant expenditure during marriage. Community people have been requested to organise mass marriage programme so that girls of poor families get married at minimal expenditure," Mirza Athar said.

The convention has decided to press the education ministry to incorporate a chapter on Hazrat Imam Hussain in the curriculum as he made the supreme sacrifice for religion and truth.

It was also resolved to improve political and social condition of Shias by creating awareness of their rights and spreading education.

"Reservation for Shias in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha seats being filled through nomination has been demanded in the convention. It was also demanded that law should be framed to give reservation to Shias in elections in accordance with their population," the chairman said.

He alleged that benefit of rights of Shia Muslims were being given to others.

Expressing concern over attack on Shia Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he demanded that India should give political asylum to Shias from these countries.


First Published: Monday, March 14, 2011, 00:09

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