Srinagar, March 8: The International Women’s Day is a day to introspect whether the condition of our girls and women, who an equal part of our society, has improved over the years, said Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday.
In a statement issued to GNS, Mirwaiz said despite Kashmir being a Muslim majority state and despite the clear guidance in Qur’an regarding the equal status and rights of women, yet the abominable practice of female foeticide and abandonment of girl child is still prevalent. He said the rising incidents of child abandonment, mostly girls, that we have seen in the last few days is extremely worrisome.
He said domestic violence and workplace harassment are other forms of oppression against women that are rampant while the most despicable crime against women – rape continues.
“Add to this the repercussions of the conflict on our women who have been rendered half widows, widows or orphans, and whose chastity has also many a times been violated as a war weapon by the forces,” Mirwaiz said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said that as individuals and society, it is imperative upon us that we realize these things, educate ourselves and rise to the occasion to support and stand for our women and give them their due.
“As far as our women are concerned, the resilience and grit that they have shown and the way they are battling all odds and yet moving forward is salutary and commendable,” Mirwaiz said. (GNS)