Acid Attack: Geelani Blames Co-Education, Cell Phones

SRINAGAR: While expressing concern and grief over Wednesday’s acid attack on a young girl in Srinagar, Hurriyat (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani blamed modern lifestyle and gadgets like cell phones for rising crime graph in Kashmir.

Terming the act as un-Islamic, shocking and evil, Geelani said that in a civilized society there was no place for such kind of ‘barbaric’ acts. He, moreover, extended his sympathy with the affected family. “I am deeply grieved over the incident and for me this has proved very painful”, he said.

Geelani, however, blamed co-education, cell phones and ‘criminal’ behavior of ruling authorities for being responsible for promoting the ‘waywardness’ and crimes in the society.

In his statement from Delhi, he termed co-education a ‘fatal poison’ while saying that education in real sense is radiance but the present defective education system has not yielded the proper results. “Its total aim has turned to be job oriented and teachers are more interested in minting money than personality development of students”, the statement read.

While expressing his concern over the mushroom growth of coaching centers and free mixing of the youth, Syed Ali Geelani in his appeal to people, teachers and the prominent citizens, said that they should take note of suggestions for separate coaching centers for young generation and take proper measures in this direction.

“The people vested with authority, could do a lot but they do not share their duty, so the responsibility lies over the parents to keep watch over their children”, the statement issued by the party read.

Expressing concern over the growing offenses against the women folk, Syed Ali Geelani reiterated that women in Islam was not a distorted lot but instead Islam has conferred them with regard and honor. He said that women, whether a mother, sister or a daughter was respectable but Islam has identified some boundaries and limitations for her.

Saying that the women have been prohibited from ‘affectation’, the statement read, “It is one main reason that aggression against the women is at an alarming stage because of the reason that they (women) are copying the West and have discarded their modesty.”

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