There is a
very important issue that this column has on many occasions touched upon and it
needs to be prioritised, because it should be and must be of serious concern to
each and every one of us regardless of our religious, cultural, political and
ethnic background. This concerns our women, be it our mothers, wives, sisters,
daughters and other members of the female gender.
past month there have been many meetings, discussions and fora wherein this
issue was discussed and condemned. The focus was on was ‘Gender Based
Violence’. Violence against women and children in recent times seems to be
spiralling out of control and has reached alarming and unacceptable proportions
so much so that it has become a serious social problem. There are various types
of violence; mental, emotional, psychological, verbal, physical, and
increasingly that of rape.
line is that women deserve our respect, love and attention and we need to stand
together and fight this scourge. Therefore as society we should agitate and
push for very heavy penalties for the rapists. What we need to do is to ensure
that the punishment for this crime must be so strict that the perpetrators of
these crimes will not only think twice but must also face and suffer the
consequences of their dastardly deeds.
‘Among His signs is that He created for you
mates from among yourselves that you may live in tranquillity with them, and He
has put love and mercy between your hearts (Quran 30: 21)
Bible echoes a similar message,
"God created man in his own image ... male
and female created he them" (Gen. 1:27).
Believers, men and women are protectors, one of the other; they enjoin what is
just and forbid what is evil’ (Qur’an 9: 71). And; ‘…. (O Believers!)
Live with them (i.e., the wives) on a footing of kindness and equity’ (Qur’an
4: 19). Readers may wonder why this subject is being tackled, but the
unaffected person will never understand or know the gravity and depth of the
physical, emotional, mental and psychological scars that will haunt the victims
throughout their lives. These scars are not only limited to the victims but can
stretch across their family, friends and acquaintances. Many a victim will be
so emotionally devastated that they may even consider suicide.
Not a day
goes by without us reading how the rights of women are being violated when they
are beaten up, raped or even killed up by their spouses, live-in partners,
boyfriends and some deviant elements of society. Frighteningly of late is that
more and more do we hear that children as young as four years and even
grandmothers in their 70’s are being abused and even the most heinous of
crimes, that of rape.
Some two or
so years ago, a report to the National Assembly contained the shocking
information that between 2012 and 2014, there were 6167 reported rape cases
against women and children – that translates to 2000 per annum – almost 5
people per day! What about the physical and mental abuse? Those figures would
be more or even most shocking.
horrendous statistics each and every one of us should be expressing our serious
concerns. This violence is against our women, be it our mothers, wives,
sisters, daughters and other members of the female gender - but lately even
innocent children have been targeted and are no longer safe from it.
violence against women and children seems to have spiralled out of control and
has reached alarming and unacceptable proportions so much so that it has become
a serious social problem. There are various types of violence; mental,
emotional, psychological, verbal, physical, and increasingly that of rape.
special to each and every one of us, because without a mother we would not have
been on this earth or in existence. We all owe our existence to the Lord, but
after all through His Mercy we were brought into being into this world through
the intervention and process of birth by a woman, so how can we denigrate her
in this manner?
accords the woman with great honour and dignity, and requires that she be
treated with respect; as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
"the Believers who show the most perfect
Faith are those who have the best behaviour, and the best of you are those who
are the best to their wives."
some countries that practice Shariah Law which prescribes capital punishment
for a convicted rapist. Some non-Muslims may be horrified at such a stringent
punishment in this day and age, they would say it is ruthless and barbaric.
Here I run the risk of some who will not hesitate to jump onto the band wagon
and accuse me of being a ‘religious fundamentalist‘; To those I say an emphatic
NO, I am not suggesting ‘Shariah’ law, what I am saying is that we need
stringent laws that preserve and protect the dignity, sanctity and honour of
women, first and foremost.
also says in Deuteronomy 22: 25 -27
"But if in the field the man finds the
girl who is betrothed, and the man forces her and lay with her, then the man
who lay with her shall be put to death.”
Rape is one
of the most heinous crimes that can be committed against a woman, it is soul
destroying, it carries with it deep emotional and psychological scars that will
never heal. Therefore as society we should agitate and push for very heavy
penalties for the rapists.
need to do is to ensure that the punishment for this crime must be so strict
that the perpetrators of these crimes will not only think twice but must also
face and suffer the consequences of their dastardly deeds. Some countries
offenders can undergo a process of ‘chemical castration’, in other words the
offender is rendered harmless through the use of chemicals injected into them,
and this would ensure that his nefarious and despicable acts would be ‘halted’
forever– simply put even Viagra would not help.
allow women and children to be abused in this manner. Men should also stand up
and be counted and show their support to the womenfolk – after all the vast
majority of the violence and rapes are perpetrated by men, therefore we should
not only be standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with women but should
be leading the fight against these evil practices. – There must be an urgent meeting called to
discuss this very pressing issue of the abuse of women in all its forms. We
need to get out the message that society will never allow women to be treated
in this vile manner by agitating for sterner measures against these
perpetrators to be put into place.
dodge this critical issue that keeps reminding us of the horrors that our women
folk face on a daily basis. We have to make it known that these evil
perpetrators have no place in our society and we are willing to defend the
chastity and dignity of our women and children. We all owe our being to the
Lord, however our Lord brought us into this world through the intervention and
process of birth by a woman, so how can we denigrate her in this manner?
Headline: The abhorrent violence against women
Source: Weekend Post
If men are honourable and understand the
spirit of honour, they will accord others with honour regardless of gender,
race and class.
Women are as much respectable as men.
Similarly all human beings deserve respect equally, be they are “Mullas” or
“non-Mullas”. Irrespective behaviour should not take place in our heart and
mind for anyone.