Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have always discriminated women for reasons uncountable. Every now and then we see umpteen cases where people develop grisly attitude towards women. So many reasons can be held responsible for this degradation but the most important being the negative impacts of internet and television and of course illiteracy.
In many villages, education still remains a forbidden fruit for girls. This indifference often leads to many evils and complexes in the society. Nowadays crimes related to women are rising at an alarming pace, be it abductions, molestation or domestic violence. It is pathetic to see how people who make hollow claims of being educated are involved in battery of heinous crimes.
I am compelled to quote a personal experience here. Few days back I and my friends had a casual discussion about women related crimes. A friend of mine mentioned an event in which she was harassed by her own cousin! The moment I heard it I had goose bumps on my whole body. This speaks of the highest level of absurdity where boys turn beasts in human garb. Who is to be blamed? Girls or boys? Obviously the one who commits crime. Gone are the days when character of the people was made up moral values but now we see that as a rare commodity.
People who treat women with no respect are a blot on society. If we see through the lens of value, women are ought to be given highest degree of respect in our religion. Islam has not changed, but surely Muslims have!
Once the veteran Kashmiri leader Syed ali Geelani requested a Sikh leader, visiting him, to study Islam. Apt came the reply: Geelani sahab It is difficult to study Islam, but I will certainly study Muslims.
People nowadays tease, and harass women which show how weak their mentality and Iman is.
It has become difficult for a girl to trust even her close acquaintances the sole reason being the degradation taking place in the society on the name of modernization.
The society needs to divest itself of such elements that lack moral moorings otherwise a day would come when a girl won’t trust her own brother. These are certain points that the masculine gender needs to keep in mind while dealing with the opposites.
Azra Mufti is an Assistant Professor at the IUST, Awantpur
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