27 November, 2020

Big Slap On Obduracy

The SC verdict must prompt Muslims to revive the spirit of reason and thought

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Big Slap On Obduracy
outlookindia.com
2017-08-26T11:25:19+05:30

The Supreme Court’s judgment is no doubt a landmark in the history of Muslim women’s struggle for gender justice. Not that the verdict does enough to address the broader issue of gender justice, but it’s one step forward. However, I am concerned with the politics around Mus­lim women’s rights. The judgment is being hailed by misogynists of all hues, even those associated with the AIMPLB. The BJP wants a pat on its back as crusaders for the poor Muslim women, who have suddenly found their benefactors.

Yet this should not distract us from the seriousness of the issue. It is an irony that we are still in the midst of resolving such archaic issues in the 21st century. The Muslim social reform has been waiting to happen for quite some time. It did not happen in the 19th century, when the British instituted reforms responding to the Hindu reformers’ demands and concerns. And we missed it even after the first independent government took over in 1947, when Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Amdedkar got the Hindu code bill passed despite huge protests from...

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