6 March 2017, Mon, 3:50

Rights to women are secured and guaranteed only in Islam

Secretary General calls to observe International Women’s Day on 8th March

Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 6th March, 2017 urging to observe 8th March as International Women’s Day.

Islam has given women the most respected and dignified position. Women can be blessed with their distinctive and prestigious position, if Islamic ideology is followed at all aspects of life meticulously.

8th March is observed as International Women’s Day. This day has a great significance in our national lives. Women are the symbolism of motherhood. So mothers are rewarded if the women are honoured properly. Except Islam, women’s position is no more secured and respected anywhere else. Women are being tortured, assaulted massively in the society now days as the Islamic ideals are not followed. Torture against women is increasing alarmingly in our society. Torture, assault and incidents of rape are being the havoc in recent times. Such malpractices are increasing due to expansion of ill cultures and relentless following of the anti-national ideological elements. Moreover the materialists are using women as commodities of trade and sensuousness.

In the newspapers, we are daily noticing the gruesome picture of tortures against women. According to a survey of NGO BRAC, in 2014, some 2873 incidents of torture against women had taken place in 55 districts and it doubled in 2015 as the figure became 5008. According to another survey of human rights watchdog, Bangladesh Human Rights Support Centre, in 2016, 1415 women became victim of rape in 2016 nationwide. Off them 521 were kids. These surveys are just a glimpse of the current social situation. The reality is more dangerous.

In this backdrop, I am urging all wings and units of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to observe International Women’s Day on 8th March by making a vow of following Islamic ideologies in the practical life and also to stop torture, rape and discrimination against women.”