Muslim women from across the country participated in a day-long meeting held by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to discuss issues such as talaq (divorce), education and economic liberty.
The organiser, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, claimed that it was the first such event hosted in Rajasthan after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Such events have been held in other BJP-ruled states, they added.
“Islam liberated women and gave them the rights of ownership, decision making in marriage, divorce and so on. But unfortunately, many of these principles have either been abandoned or modified to suit individual political agenda…,” a participant, Razia Khan from Bastar, said.
She also blamed the Muslim clergy for the present status of women in society.
The abuse of certain Islamic laws including the talaq system, the failure to promote the importance of women’s contribution beyond child bearing are some of the problems faced by Muslim women, said Sameena Naqavi of Tonk.
Meanwhile, RSS critics said the event was hosted in the wake of the growing intolerance ‘heat’ faced by the saffron party. “It is a bid by these people to improve their image among the Muslim community,” Aftab Chisty, a dargah khadim (caretaker), said.