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Financially-dependent women prone to bad treatment: French-Turkish author

Kolkata: If women are not financially independent, they are more prone to be treated badly, feels celebrated French-Turkish author with Indian roots Kenize Mourad.

"If a woman is not economically independent she is more prone to being badly treated. Even rich women (married to someone rich) can also be very badly treated if they are financially dependent," said Mourad at the fourth Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival here Saturday.

Talking about Muslim women and the Indian freedom fighter Begum Hazrat Mahal (the subject of her book "In the City of Gold and Silver") she said: "There`s so much of prejudice against Muslim women in general-they are so submissive, this and that... I wanted to show through my book this woman (Begum Hazrat Mahal) who was a great Muslim woman leader."

Highlighting the importance of intermingling of various cultures, she said that creation of a convivial atmosphere is important today.

"In Lucknow, earlier (the city in which her book is set in) Hindus used to go to Muslim ceremonies and Muslims to Hindu religious ceremonies. There was a lot of conviviality during that time which is important today," said Mourad.