The Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati has stirred up another controversy as he said that girls of the present generation are presented in a ‘sexy manner’ which leads them becoming ‘insaano ki hawas ka shikaar’ (prey to men’s lust).
“These days, women are being raped. Young women are made to appear so sexy that young men are tempted to violate them. One should take example from how the women of Rajasthan wear a veil on their face or the women of Punjab who wear a dupatta over their dresses,” he said.
He said that the many have adopted the Islamic rule of purdah even in places like America and that would bring down the number of cases of violence against women.
He also said that even Hindu sages are appreciating the purdah system.
Surprisingly, there has been no hue and cry by feminists and liberals over what the Kolkata Imama said about women. What is even more alarming is that these people don’t realise what is disrespectful. It is pity that saying anything about the women has become a norm.
Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid had on January 7, declared a reward of Rs 25 lakh to anyone who cut off the beard of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shaved his head and smeared him with ink.
He said that though he respect PM’s chair, what he said was against Narendra Modi as a person who was behind Gujarat genocide and all the inconveniences caused by note ban move.
He had also issued a fatwa for Muslims in UP that in the forthcoming elections that not one Muslim votes should be cast in favour of BJP or RSS. For the Muslims who are in BJP, he expelled them from Islam.
Different Muslim organisations came down heavily against Barkati. Md Nooruddin, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that the comments were dangerous and would help those who had indulged in polarisation politics.
Md Kamruzaman, general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, said his comments have hurt the sentiments of clerics across the state.
Reacting to Barkati’s remarks against PM Modi, party national secretary and former state BJP president Rahul Sinha, had said this is India and there is no place for such fatwas. He added that he may go to Bangladesh or Pakistan, and believed that he has done it under the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.