Which part of the world do you think a fatwa can get a women’s football match cancelled?
Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, and ISIS-ruled areas, you say. You are right!
Now add India to the list.
Liberal and Seculars relax; ‘fanatic’ Hindu right-wing “extremists” do not have a hand in what I am about to tell you.
A women’s football match was cancelled in Chandipur village in Harishchandrapur, Malda district of West Bengal, after radical maulvis issued a fatwa.
They objected to the “too tight” jerseys of the players and claimed that women playing football is anti-Sharia. And, say what, the administration and some local villagers acquiesced to the fatwa.
The organisers of the match, Progressive Youth Club, comprises mostly of Muslims and is headed by Reza Razi, who was shocked at both this radical religious display and the timorousness of the administration.
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“We tried to convince the maulivis and those who had raised objections. I myself is a Muslim and offer namaz everyday. What was wrong in having a women’s football match in the village?”
National team players such as Sujata Kar, Rezina Khatun, Nausaba Alam and Minati Das were to participate in the match along with upcoming young women footballers.
“I just can’t imagine that in the 21st century such a thing could happen,” said Shanti Aich Mullick – an Arjuna Awardee who played football between 1976 and 1983.
Reza said that the local district administration raised the issue of law and order problem and cancelled the match.
The BDO cancelled the match after consultation with the SP and the DM. Fingers are also going up against Trinamool Congress MLA Sabitri Mitra, who allegedly supported the ban.
Even a dolt can tell that this incident will be swept under the carpet both by the state government and the Liberal-Secular voices, but it must be remembered that radicalisation of a society and, eventually, a country begins with such small incidents.