Several speakers at an online protest organized by the Women’s Department of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) stressed the need for people from all communities and regions to speak out against the prevailing culture of hate. in the country.
NEW DELHI – Famous female figures from India joined an online protest organized by the Women’s Department of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) to denounce the policy of hatred, sexual violence and misogyny, “peddled” by apps like Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai.
Eminent women activists, jurists, journalists, social, political and community leaders, including Flavia Agnes, women’s rights lawyer, lawyer Maitreyi Krishnan, co-chair of the Association of Lawyers of India for Justice, lawyer Jaleesa Sultana, member of the Muslim Personal Law Council of India (AIMPLB), Khalida Parveen, an activist from Hyderabad who has also been targeted by the application, Kavita Srivastava, a human rights activist, Sheema Mohsin , National Secretary General of the Welfare Party of India, Afreen Fatima, National Secretary of the Fellowship Movement, Fatima Nafees, mother of missing JNU student, Najeeb, researcher Shayma JNU and others took speaking at the “National Online Protest Gathering” titled “Nari ka Samman, Desh ka Abhiman. JIH Women’s Department secretaries Atiya Siddiqua and Rahamathunnisa, and Shaista Rafat, a member of its central committee, also addressed the protest rally.
The activists reiterated their solidarity with the women who have been targeted in this condemnable and criminal activity of “auctioning off” Muslim women, especially those who actively participate in public life and are journalists, activists, movement leaders and academics. .
They demanded compensation for those targeted.
The speakers raised many questions on the issue. They questioned the culture of sexual impunity which allows such incidents to occur repeatedly even as they are “taken into account” by the state and law enforcement authorities. They also raised questions about the heated debate around the age of the accused, and how this should not be treated as an excuse to get them out of this, and the need to fight for justice instead of blaming the women who have been targeted.
The nature of gendered Islamophobia was also highlighted during the protest rally.
Several speakers insisted on the need for people from all communities and regions to speak out against the culture of hate.
The welcoming speech for the meeting was delivered by Fakhira Tabassum and anchored by Humera Koppal.