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Education key instrument for Muslim women’s empowerment: K. Rahman Khan

Friday March 08, 2013 10:50:24 PM, Special Correspondent

Hyderabad: Education is the only means to transform and shape the lives of Muslim women, K. Rahman Khan, Union minister of Minority Affairs, said while addressing the valedictory function of three day international seminar on the Status of Muslim Women in Indian Sub-continent.


The seminar was conducted by Centre for the Study Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy in MANUU, Hyderabad on the occasion of International Women’s Day.


Khan emphasized the importance of education to emancipate and liberate Indian Muslim women from the patriarchal suppuration of the society.


He said that the UPA govt has been striving to uplift the status of Indian Muslims through many affirmative actions.


"Many positive changes have been taking place. Young Muslim women are coming forward and getting educated because of many governmental incentive schemes launched by the UPA govt such as pre and post-metric scholarship programs", he said.


"69 out of 72 recommendations of Sachar Committee have been accepted by the Govt. of India. A number of minority students are getting benefited", he said adding, "Thirty percent of the total scholarships are allocated to female students."


"The government has allocated 4.5 lack homes under Indira Awas Yojna, but the community is not aware of this", he said.


The minister emphasized the role of NGOs to spread awareness about the various welfare schemes and programs for minority community generally and Muslim women particularly.

Teesta Setalwad, the eminent social activist, who was the guest of honor emphasized to change the attitude of society towards Muslims.


"Generally Muslim mohallas are identified with names of police stations while Hindu mohallas by name of school or college. This attitude must be changed", she said.


She appreciated the women’s role to change the society and provide safe and conducive atmosphere for women. "The women are also diabolical in nature, as witnessed in the godhra carnage where the women politician distributed swords to kill and rape women. The politician was prosecuted by a female judge", she said. 


She was critical of the media which is playing a prejudiced role towards the Muslims and other minorities.


Other speakers such as Prof. Shahnaz Nabi expressed her views on the sad situation of Muslim women in the Indian sub continent.


She said that though women have only fear, grief and bad experiences in their lives, they should come forward, face the challenge and celebrate the women’s day. 

Speaking as guest speaker Prof. Nazmunnisa Mehtab from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh said the women subjugation is a worldwide phenomenon.


She said women are subjugated worldwide but the condition of Muslim women in Bangladesh is more acute.


"Fatwa is being misused by so called mullahs and molvis in Bangladesh. Islamic injections from Quran and Hadith are being misinterpreted for personal patriarchal benefits", she said.



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