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CULTIVATE MORAL VALUES to Contain Crimes against Women

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Moral values play a very important role in solving social issues and keeping the society onto the right path. “We cannot play down the importance of moral values in society,” said Maulana Mohammad Jafar, Deputy Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Hind while presiding over a symposium on “Crime against Women: Causes and Remedies” organised by the Jamaat’s Delhi and Haryana zone in the Capital on 17 February.

Earlier, setting the tone of the symposium, Dr.S.Q.R. Ilyas, Gen-Sec. Welfare Party of India, drew the attention of the audience towards the rising cases of rape of and sexual assault on young girls and women. He mentioned immoral trafficking in particular, saying it is the third big industry in the country. He also mentioned female foeticide, consensual sex, commodification of women, and competitive trend between men and women. “Unless you address these issues, you cannot contain cases of rape and sexual assault only by enacting laws and raising the amount of punishment.”

Prof. Madhu Kishwar, Editor Manushi, said, “Sometimes I have to hang my head in shame on seeing young girls in revealing dresses,” she lamented, adding that every woman will have to take the responsibility of her body language and the dress she puts on.

“We do not have to depend on police; the society has to come up to play its role in being crime-free,” she emphasised, adding, “as we see in anti-dowry cases, laws are being misused, similarly there is probability of misuse of anti-rape laws.”

Dr. M.D. Thomas said, “The 16 December incident was a blessing in disguise, for it helped launch a campaign against rape and sexual crimes against women.”

Much to the chagrin of the audience, Dr. Thomas held religion responsible for such crimes. “Religion is part of the problem,” he said. And when he said so, Prof. Kishwar, sitting on the dais, nodded in agreement.

Dr. Gayanaditya Shakya, Assistant Professor Department of Buddhist Studies, Delhi University, spoke on how Buddhism looks at the issue, saying that the attitude of Gautam Buddha towards women was very positive. He informed the audience about 5-point Buddhist guideline known as panchsheel, including keeping from intoxicants violence, and ill manners.

Swami Acharya Lokesh Muniji said, “Religion and community are two different things.” He lamented that we have left spirituality. “We see rising numbers of devotees in temples, mosques, churches and kumbh melas but these multitudes come out without any spirit,” he said.

“For crimes against women alcohol is also responsible. Our governments do not ban production, sale and consumption of alcohol for petty benefits. But they have to spend a lot on controlling diseases and solving disputes caused by the consumption of alcohol,” he averred.

“Today is the need of change in the education system. If we have to bring about a change in society, we have to cultivate values,” he added.  

Mr. Abdul Waheed, President JIH Delhi & Haryana, welcomed the guests as well as the audience. The programme commenced with the recitation of verses 30-31 of Surah Al-Noor of the Qur’ān by Qari Abdul Mannan and translations into English and Hindi were presented by Muhammad Ali Shah Shuab, who also compered the programme.



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