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07 October 2011

Womenocide – Third World War against Women

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By Ilyas Sharfuddin

According to statistics from various sources, both government and non government, in America each year 1,56,000 rapes takes place; 5 million prostitutes do sell themselves; 40,000 girls died due to syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease; and 25,00,000 women became victims of domestic violence

In England, 50,000 rapes take place; 1, 00,000 prostitutes sell their bodies; and out of 4, one woman is a victim of domestic violence.

In France, 35,000 rapes take place each year with thousands of cases of domestic violence and sexual harassment. While, countries like Spain, Greece, Portugal and Ireland are no different, in India more than 20 million girls were killed in their mothers’ womb in the last 20 years; thousands of women are killed each year for dowry; and more than 150,000 prostitutes are found alone in Mumbai

I will give a new term to all these killings of women, womenocide

Today, every government speaks about women’s rights. We have United Nations working for it since long time. We have tens of thousands of NGOs striving to protect them. We have various movements agitating for them. Hundreds of billions were spent to protect our better half. Then, after all why we still find such horrible crimes against women?

In present times, when the world is progressing, information becoming easy, people are so well connected to each other, security level beefed up and modern science solving crimes easily, then still why we find such war like situation against women specially in the developed and underdeveloping world?

Let’s examine its reasons and find its solutions.

Reasons for women being victims of war

1. Lack of proper educational system: People are unaware of human rights and punishment in this world or hereafter for violating them.

2. Loose laws: When women are burned, raped and killed in mothers’ womb, not on daily but hourly and minute basis, still we don’t have befitting laws to punish the culprits, resulting in every year more women being burnt alive, raped and killed.

3. Feminism: In the name of women’s rights, feminist movements brought women out of their households and sell them like commodities in the market. Today, one finds that just for producing one Miss World, Miss Universe, Film heroines, glamour models, hundreds and thousands of girls loose precious years of their lives and generally become vulnerable for exploitation. Just for few bucks or demand of the script in a movie, women are stripped right in front of millions badly affecting millions of minds.

4. Dowry system: This is the main reason for female foeticide in India. Giving dowry in the marriage is a must for girl parents, so to avoid this problem they kill them. And, in many cases when husband and in-laws do not get proper dowry they kill the girl, sometimes for as small as Rs. 10,000 or US$200.

5. Free mingling of sexes, live in relationships, alcoholism gambling are other main reasons why women suffer. Due to alcoholism, related crimes women are the main sufferers loosing their life or limbs, chastity and modesty at the hands of husbands, fathers, brothers, neighbors, strangers etc

Solutions

Allah swt gave a perfect solution to stop this war against women and protect them from all these evils. These are the following:

1. Good educational system, educating the masses about women rights and punishment in both the worlds for violating it...as mentioned in Ch 96 of Holy Quran

Read! In the name of your lord, who has created (all that exists),
Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
Read! And your lord is the most generous,
Who has taught (the writing) by the pen [the first person to write was Prophet Idrees (enoch)].
Has taught man that which he knew not.

And, according to authentic Hadith of beloved Prophet Muhammed pbuh, pursuing education is must for men and women. [Al Bukhari Hadith 71]

1. Stringent laws: If anyone kills an innocent women or rape anyone, they too should be punished with capital punishment, as mentioned in Surah An Noor ch 24 v 2, in Surah An Nisa ch 4 v 15, Surah Maida ch 5 v 45:

And, We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it shall be for him expiation. And, whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers - of a lesser degree).

2. One should realize and admit that men and women are equal and not identical, and one should realize this sincerely. Strengths and weaknesses of men and women are different so do their responsibilities, because of this we conduct separate games for men and women, as mentioned in Surah An Nisa ch 4 v 34.

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means.”

3. Dowry is prohibited and dower is permissible, girl and her parents need not require to cough up anything for marriage, rather it is boys responsibility to take care of everything, as mentioned in Surah An Nisa ch 4 v 4, surah nisa ch 4 v 5.

“And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart, but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm (as Allah has made it lawful).”

“And give not unto the foolish your property which Allah has made a means of support for you, but feed and clothe them therewith, and speak to them words of kindness and justice.”

4. Banned things which are bad for women and make them vulnerable like alcohol , gambling , exposing them like commodity in glamour industry, as mentioned in Surah Maida ch 5 v 90, Surah An Noor ch 24 v 31.

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitan's (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.”

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.”

When these commands were implemented in Islamic Saudi Arabia, then the results were tremendous. Months passed away without a single women being raped; years passed away without a single abortion; and decades passed away without a single dowry death.

This shows that will of Allah Almighty is lot powerful then will of man, now the choice is ours what we want.

[Ilyas Sharfuddin is Editorial Consultant – Islamic Dawah of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He is based in Hyderabad.]

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