Denigrating in name of sympathy: An Observation on view from Muslim intelligentsia

Posted on May 7, 2016


On website named Rising Kashmir, in section Islam, society and women an article titled– Exploitation of women in the name of emancipation; by Abdul Hamid Mir was published. The article can be accessed at
In name of women safety and sympathy, the piece is nothing but medieval thinking in new grab. The entire discussion revolves around why women should be kept within the four walls, while performing domestic chores and child bearing.
Let’s look into some of the points raised in the article more closely.
Hamid says: “A woman is safe at home and is susceptible to vulgarity once she steps outside unprotected. Despite her empowerment she continues to be exploited.”
That means, in view of the author, all males are pervert, promotes vulgarity and engages in adultery?Questions can also be raised, on what Mr. Abdul Mir, meant, when he mentions “unprotected”. So women needs bodyguards not partners, and what about male who physically cannot be termed as Rambos or have power of tiger or bull to counter such bullies?So they should not marry or will have to forego their right to marry in Islamic society? Is Mr. Mir stating that there is nothing called RULE OF LAW, in society that he is espousing for, and there the onus would be on individual to give protection to their family?
Further, it says: “Formal employment of women is adding to their miseries instead of solving them. Though it might render them financially independent but that is at the cost of her dignity. Because women employment/earning can be deemed to be forbidden in the current setup where one’s employed wife/sister/daughter has to share their prime time with their male counterparts (strangers) all around. Women are meant for looking after domestic affairs ranging from child care to home management.”
One is unable to understand, the constant sexual fetishism that arises in the great minds of philosophers and intellectuals from the Right, particularly those from theocratic state of mind. Why for them women is a commodity, or even if they are part of human society weak and amenable to not resist any sexual advance? In West where the feminist movement has gained grounds we have not witnessed the re-emergence of Lesvos (Lesbos) culture, rather it is the west that has been the harbinger of modern day development, (in bourgeois sense).
What has been the contribution of Islamic Theocratic states, let’s say Taliban who had even ministry to prevent vices?
The article is repleated with such feudal and barbaric mindset, that befits the fascist right. It is sincerely wished, that one is not made part of such society whether in name of Allah, Bhagwan or Jesus website named Rising Kashmir,
Crime against women also stems from late (sometimes never!) marriages of youth (both boys and girls). Setting up of unnecessary, unethical, irreligious and unaffordable criteria from both sides is a major hurdle in establishing a healthy matrimonial relationship these days.