Srinagar, June 30 : Turning the attention of the people towards the increasing social evils in the society Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and head of Mutahida Majlis Ulema Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday said that it was highly unfortunate that though a predominantly Muslim society, several social evils were taking root in Kashmir.
While referring especially to the crimes and violence against women, he said, “Increase in the number of suicide cases especially among females, increase in instances of domestic violence and molestation of women reflects a gory picture about the treatment being meted out to women in our society.”
Mirwaiz while addressing a religious gathering at Alhamza Masjid Hajibagh Buchpora, said while people attain spirituality and devote themselves to worshipping Allah in this sacred month, it also guides us how to shun materialism and work towards building a healthy society.
While throwing light over the significance of Ramadan, he said that all the holy books were revealed by Allah in Ramadan besides the night of blessing, Lailat-ul-Qadr, also falls in this holy month. Mirwaiz said that this holy month provides us an opportunity to introspect and give up sinful acts at individual and as well as collective level. He said that it is our collective responsibility to try to eradicate all social evils and especially the evil of violence against our women folk.
Mirwaiz said that as per the statistical data on an average every month 263 cases of violence against women take place in Kashmir. He said in 2014, the crime against women stood at 3192 which include cases related to domestic violence, dowry and molestation. He said that in the month of May in 2015, three women loss their lives in cases related to domestic violence and suicides wherein such an atmosphere was created where the females were pushed towards taking the extreme step. Just a day ago a married women was found covered in a pool of blood in her home in a village of Pulwama who has allegedly been murdered.
Mirwaiz said that Women Police Station in Srinagar was receiving 15 complaints on average everyday from the women who are victims of violence perpetrated either by their husbands or by their in laws against them. He said in 2014, 3000 women registered such complaints in women Police Station while in 2015, the figure so far stands at 1600.
Mirwaiz said such growing incident of violence against women were a cause of worry for all of us. He said Allah has bestowed clear cut rights to women and every Muslims is bound to honor those rights, adding, in Islam like rights of males, rights of female are also well defined. He said that if in our Muslim society such laws are violated by committing crimes against women, it is highly condemnable and regrettable as well.(KNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch