Renowned scholar and thinker, Dr Javed Jamil has called for exposing the designs of the market sponsored feminism to campaign for a distorted version of women’s empowerment. He was speaking at Kennedy Hall, Aligarh Muslim University in a programme on the occasion of World Women’s Day organized by Students of AMU. Speaking to a packed hall, he said that “thanks to the global forces of economics, human beings are being transformed into commercial beings”. He said that the economic fundamentalists have taken innumerable steps to strengthen their hold on the world. “Not only the Goddess of Justice has been sacrificed before the eyes of the Statue of Liberty, the market forces have found in sex a hen that always lays golden eggs”, he said in the midst of a massive round of applause. Dr. Jamil said that if violence against women is on the rise, laxity of law and inability of the system to act as health and peace protective are primarily responsible for it. “Instead of being protective, the system has become provocative”, he argued. He says that when media is busy in bringing provocative images day and night, sexual violence is bound to rise. He lambasted the forces of economics in a way that “the women working in houses are being labeled as housewives while prostitutes are being glorified as sex workers.” He argued that the truth is that “every woman is a working woman, and housewives are wonderful managers.” He argued that while women should be encouraged to go in dignified fields, there is no reason why there should be encouragement for services like airhostesses and models. Dr. Jamil said that the beauty of Islamic system is that “while all the other systems of today’s world are two-dimensional, with only rights and duties, Islamic system is three-dimensional with equal emphasis on Fundamental rights, Fundamental Duties and Fundamental Prohibitions. He said that if true peace is to prevail, a nationwide campaign with the help of the people belonging to all religions must be launched to get “Fundamental Prohibitions” introduced in the Constitution. He said that these prohibitions can be decided on the basis of the impact of various practices on health and those that seriously threaten health must be declared forbidden. No one should be allowed to commercialize these prohibitions. He hoped that 99 pc of the people of the country –Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists, will unite to safeguard the life of the people.
Dr. Asma Zohra of Hyderabad presented a programme for empowerment of women. She presented several examples of how women have been engaging in different fields. She said that Islamic history is full of the examples of women playing important roles in society. She stressed that “girls should work hard and achieve excellence in different fields”. She argued that “Hijab is the symbol of empowerment and not subjugation” and gave examples of how Western female convers to Islam feel relieved when they adopt Hijab.
Maulana Yahya Nomani of Lucknow lambasted the modern world for degrading women. “Women are nothing but commodity in the eyes of the modern world”, he said. He explained how Islam has presented the best model of empowerment of women, which is hugely superior to all the modern models. He said that “in West, women are being turned into single parents in big numbers and their honour is being ravished. He said that “Western men are not ready to look after women and prefer to have them as partners and not wives”.
The audience included a big number of female students who were extremely responsive to the lecture. The programme ran into trouble when Brinda Griver who had earlier promised to participate refused to attend and made serious allegations against what she called attempts to impose dress-code on girls. The VC gave the permission to hold the programme at the last moment after dialogue with the organizers.