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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Re: [] Women at the crossroad of religion, politics and patriarchy ....

jamatis use the word Nastik at every drop of their eyelids. It is a sanskrit word. Jamatis and BNP wallas have shown umpteen times their paltry knowledge of Bangla. Can any of them let us know what is the meaning of Nastik as per its etymology?

On 29 July 2013 09:48, Mohammed Jubair <> wrote:

Your are back again.  With all due respect, these ladies do not represent majority.
These less than 1% ... so called culturally(pre Islamic culture) inspired ladies.
These ladies do not have any agenda and they are not crossroad of religion and politics as you mentioned.
Yes, they are actor  of NastiK shahariar Khabir and gang.
Also, all hafazat are not perfect, they are human like you and me with option to say right or wrong.
Botton line is we would rather respect opinion of  someone other than Nastik.


Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:12:50 -0400
Subject: [] Women at the crossroad of religion, politics and patriarchy ....


Women at the crossroad of religion, politics and patriarchyপ্রিন্ট কর
Rokeya Chowdhury   
বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৫ জুলাই ২০১৩

"The large quantity of guilt attached to sexuality in patriarchy is overwhelmingly placed upon the female, who is, culturally speaking, held to be the culpable or the more culpable party in nearly any sexual liaison, whatever the extenuating circumstances.

 A tendency toward the reification of the female makes her more often a sexual object than a person. This is particularly so when she is denied human rights through chattel status. Even where this has been partly amended the cumulative effect of religion and custom is still very powerful and has enormous psychological consequences. Woman is still denied sexual freedom and the biological control over her body through the cult of virginity, the double standard, the prescription against abortion, and in many places because contraception is physically or psychically unavailable to her."
One could hardly resist reading back this 1969 text of Kate Millet after seeing the much talked about video link of the Hifazat-e Islam Chief, Ahmad Shafi.
And what did this elderly man have to say in his 'sermon' in front of a crowd?
* Men should not allow women to study after grade four-five. Women should receive minimum education only to take care of husband's property.
* Women should be homebound and be responsible for the husband's chattel; they should not roam around 'nakedly' (Ulongo).
* Women commit 'zina'(fornication) while out for study or work, that's why, their income does not carry 'barkat'(blessings).
*Birth control should be denounced; even polygamy could be resorted to for enhancement of the Muslim Umma.
*Coexistence of men and women in public allures men and encourages 'zina'.
Kate Millet was not incorrect in her observation that women are viewed as 'sexual object' rather than a person. It is quite astonishing how each of her lines cited above fits into Shafi's sermon. Ironically even in this 21st century, lives of women are essentially tied up between capitalism and patriarchy, while the former treats her as commodity, the latter holds her as a religious pawn.
If it wasn't so, how could Mr. Shafi dare to pronounce those derogatory remarks in a land where women workers constitute 80 per cent of the RMG sector which virtually runs our economy? Why is he allowed to roam around freely even after calling for curtailment of women's rights and choices of life? Would it be impossible to charge Mr. Shafi for defaming all the working forces and academia or for instigating violence against women? Can we allow such impunity when we have incidents like Hawa Akhter Jui who had her hand chopped off by her former husband for continuing college against his will or Rumana Monzur, who though being a university teacher had to lose her vision out of sheer possessiveness of her former husband?
Jui and Rumana were courageous enough to survive those gruesome incidents and they have uplifted our morale by their determination. But let us not forget Hena, the 14-year-old rape victim who was held liable for 'fornication' by a 'religious' edict. While the perpetrator successfully escaped the whipping, Hena could not survive the lashes. We have hundreds of Hena dying each year and may be thousands of perpetrators being trained and instigated by the sort of 'Ilm' (knowledge) spread by Mr. Shafi and like. Thanks to this,  we see a school teacher called a 'whore' in a public meeting for denying covering her head and the court has to declare afresh that women cannot be forced to veil. The court has expressed its concern over increasing social and religious vigilance on what women wear. And to our anguish, comes Mr. Shafi calling for restrictions on women's movement and attire in a disparaging language. But moral policing of women or blaming them for 'moral degradation' is not new in Bangladesh. Even, Hifazat-e Islam made a public admission that this is how religious sermons ('waz') have taken place in the country for decades, so why make a big fuss out of it?
This is indeed something that as a nation we should ask ourselves — why have we allowed this so long? Try any video link of 'waz' from Bangladesh available in the social media, if you believe in equality of sexes and races you are bound to be aggrieved and enraged. Why do we allow such nuisance to continue in the name of religion? Why are these 'sermons' available in stores for purchase, why does not the law step in? How does the authorities concerned remain unmoved even when many have expressed anxiety over presence of children in 'waz', which is a common platform to malign women? Why do we take these so lightly when we have alarming rate of violence against women including fatwa inflicted violence, infant mortality and maternal death?
These questions bear more relevance as the Hifazat was allowed and still being allowed to campaign for its most degrading 13-point demand in the name of democracy which includes demand for banning of women policy and 'free mixing of male and female'. In the face of huge uproar and protest from the media, civil society and rights activists Hifazat-e Islam said the organisation was not against women's liberty or right to work or education, they are merely demanding segregation of men and women in public sphere:
"There is nothing to prevent women from getting out of their homes, receiving education, and going to work wearing the hijab or dressing in a manner that is modest. For instance if there can be separate colleges and schools for women then it should not be a problem to create separate workplaces for them."
This explanation is an even more serious blow to the constitutional guarantee of equality of access to public life, education and work and freedom of expression irrespective of sexes. Leave alone constitutionality, narrowing down the demand to practicality it becomes apparent that this demand is being pressed to repress and belittle women. Would they go so far as to demand separate roads, highways, bus service, air crafts, and armed forces for men and women? If they are so determined about segregation then why don't they call out all Arabic teachers to restrain from tutoring female students or prohibit male teachers in female madrassahs?
And the rest has been said clearly and aloud by the Hifazat Chief and the organisation on principle has given its approval to what the leader said: "Women should be homebound and be responsible for husband's chattel". Let us take the opportunity to remember that it is the same organisation which not so long ago has publicly assaulted a female journalist, Nadia Sharmin of ETV for trying to collect news in a 'male gathering'. Similarly, the Finanical Express reporter Arafat Ara in Dhaka and Mohona TV Chief Reporter Sumi Khan in Chittagong were obstructed by Hifazat activists. Later the organisation leaders regretted the attacks, but they also requested female journalists not to cover its rally in Jessore.
Even after all these had happened, what reaction did we get from our Parliament which has female speaker, prime minister, opposition leader, several ministerial positions chaired by women including those from the 50 reserved seats. MP Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papia of BNP said all that Hifazat was preaching was aimed at "security of women" and Mr. Shafi is being maligned through a 'media coup'. May be this is what is called 'condemnation of the condemner'. A ray of hope ushered in when the prime minister condemned the Hifazat chief, but it was short lived as she could not break through the patriarchal spell and took resort to the same terminology in impugning the opposition leader. We have again witnessed narrow party interest and vote count getting the upper hand over public interest.
And for those who think Hifazat-e Islam activists are some aliens residing in Quami Madrassas only, time has come to do a realty check. Our educational institutions, both private and public, are witnessing an increase of students bearing the idea that there should be seclusion of men and women in work and education. There is also a growing tendency among students to narrow down every aspect of public policy to religion. While giving lectures on Muslim Law, I have had a lot of difficulties dealing with students who would bring a non-authentic translation of the Quran in the class and argue over each and every statutory reform, even ones as harmless as marriage registration. Needless to say the texts referred to are utterly disrespectful to women.
But isn't that something which is bound to happen, because the whole fabric is somehow disrespectful and has an enmity towards women? Isn't it unbelievable that sitting in a law faculty it is not possible to run a Google search with the keywords 'sexual harassment' because it includes the three lettered word 'sex'? Isn't it true that we advertise sanitary napkins 24/7 but we have to carry it wrapped when we buy it? Do we not have a popular song which goes "Chumki choleche eka pothe, songi hole dosh ki tate?" Do we not have TV commercials presenting women as commodity, always craving for luxuries of life, beauty without brain and always belittled by men, be it husband, father-in-law or a fish seller? Don't we have colleagues and teachers and classmates who always try to portray women to be less competent, fragile and timid? Yes, we live in a society where women face systemic discrimination. Here every woman has to play an identity performance, the continuous struggle of proving her worth, for not being considered a lesser being –'woman'. A woman has more to prove, as a competent worker, a home maker, a loving wife and caring mother and more so to pass the social scrutiny of purity, which is tainted every now and then.
No wonder, while Mr. Shafi adds fuel to the fire our administration sleeps on our rights. Even when the existing data shows that most of the fatwa inflicted violence has involvement of Quami Madrasa students, our very own government increases budget allocation for madrassa education each year. Time and again, patriarchy and religion walk hand in hand.  So, let us keep the way for uniform and mass education blocked, let us restrict free flow of information, let us groom the abusers and let us cry on the abused, let us allow Mr. Shafi to preach, let us keep the abuser of our women, Ghulam Azama alive…let us turn back the clock…indeed, we have turned back the clock long ago!
Rokeya Chowdhury is a lecturer, Faculty of Law, Dhaka University.

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নারীদের নিয়ে কুরুচিপূর্ণ বক্তব্য শফীর (ভিডিও)

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ঢাকা: হেফাজতে ইসলামের আমির আল্লামা শাহ আহমদ শফী নারীদের স্বাধীনতা, শিক্ষা ও চাকরি সম্পর্কে কুরুচিপূর্ণ, সভ্যতা ও উন্নয়ন বিরোধী মন্তব্য করেছেন। ইন্টারনেটে প্রকাশিত একটি ওয়াজ মাহফিলে ভিডিওচিত্রে তার এ ধরনের বক্তব্য পাওয়া গেছে। বর্তমান বিশ্ব যেখানে নারীদের স্বাধীনতা, স্বনির্ভরতার ওপর জোর দিচ্ছে, তিনি আছেন উল্টো পথে।

ওয়াজে নারীদের তিনি তুলনা করেছেন তেঁতুলের সঙ্গে। তেঁতুল দেখলে মানুষের যেমন জিভে জল আসে তেমনি নারীদের দেখলে 'দিলের মইধ্যে লালা বাইর হয়' বলে মন্তব্য করেছেন তিনি। আল্লামা শফির ওই বক্তব্য নিয়ে সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া ফেসবুকসহ নানান ব্লগে এখন সমালোচনার ঝড় বইছে। বিভিন্ন শ্রেণী-পেশার মানুষ ওই বক্তব্যের নিন্দা জানাচ্ছেন। এ বিষয়ে এরই মধ্যে নারী নেত্রীরাও প্রতিবাদ জানিয়েছেন।

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