Friday, September 22, 2006

Huge rise in the usage of veil in Kerala

9/21/2006 4:25:22 PM Raghavan Nair

In the recently published survey conducted by Sastra Sahithya Parishad (Read as an organisation specifically designed to accomodate the so called 'Marxist intellectuals') on various social issues, revealed that in 20 years time the usage of purdhah/veil among Muslim women has gone up from 10% to over 30%!

What could be deduced from this?Are we progressing or fanaticism is spreading effectively in the state in various disguise? Women right and Human Right activists are least bothered about this increasing Gender discrimination among a major community in Kerala.

To the security agencies, personnel in veil pose a great threat. The terrorists and such undesirable elements in society find the veil the easiest of things to move around freely and unchallenged.

An instance to quote in this regard is the great escape of Mr.Bani Sadr from Iran. Mr.Bani Sadr was the first elected Prime Minister of Iran after the historic revolution lead by Ayatollah Khomeini. And it was in Iran that the use of veil was made compulsory. Within months after the revolution, Mr.Bani Sadr had fallen from grace of the Ayatollah and when his life itself was in danger, he escaped from the country by disguising as women and the protection of the veil.

So, in Kerala we must be cautious about the rise in percentage of the veil users.

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