he Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on Sabarimala Temple issue which it claimed that was somehow gender-biased and injustice towards women. However, I feel that it had nothing to do with gender injustice as only a certain age group of females had restrictions to enter the temple and not all, and that too well supported and followed by all Ayyappan followers — be it men or women. In fact, it was a matter of faith and religious tradition. The only female judge in the bench dissented to this judgement. However, we must respect the orders of our Supreme Court and its wisdom. Recently, we have seen many such orders barring old religious traditions — Jallikattu, Shani Shingnapur and now Sabarimala! So, I was thinking what better we can do in this direction? I came to the conclusion when a Non-Hindu is so much concerned about the gender injustice in the Hindu community that he goes to the Supreme Court and fights on the issue of Sabarimala, why are we silent? Let’s do this for each other and make India a free and equal society, be it Hindus or any other community. So, I decided that I and few of my friends are going to fight for the cause of gender injustice legally and socially. Here are the few:
- Haji Ali Dargah (Mumbai): No entry to the sanctum sanctorum for women yet.
- Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi): No entry to the sanctum sanctorum for women. The gender bias is so robust that it didn’t even allow our great former prime minister late Smt Indira Gandhi in the sanctum sanctorum.
- Jama Masjid (Delhi): It has a board installed outside that clearly states that the entry of women is strictly prohibited during Namaaz.
- Masjids across the country: All Muslim women, who are willing to go to the Masjid to offer Namaaz, should be allowed and space should be allocated 50:50 in all the Masjids strictly.
- There are many orthodox churches which have different yardsticks for women when it comes to what they should wear and how they should conduct if they want to enter into the church (List being prepared).
- Article 35A: This article clearly discriminates the rights of the women from Jammu and Kashmir as it restricts their choice to marry and hold the citizenship of J&K.
- Mosques’ loud speakers continue to loudly play Azaan (prayer call) five times a day (365 days). However, every year before Diwali, the SC decides the decibel limit to control pollution and finally bans it. Similarly, the court imposes ban on DJ and Dolby sound during Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra.
- Bloodshed on streets on Bakri Eid and Muharram gets paid no attention considering the internal matter of the Muslims. But the same society becomes concerned about water pollution, traffic jams during idol immersion post Hindu festivities.
- The Kashmiri Pandit massacre – The Supreme Court doesn’t have time to reopen ‘old and irrelevant’ cases.
- Polygamy, Triple Talaq, Halala, and Sharia: For a free and equal society these points too should be addressed.
- Slow and painful Halala slaughter of animals: Keeping animal rights as a concern, how is a slow painful killing of animals justified here?
- Dahi Handi height: The Supreme Court will give inch tape.
- Death penalty for a Terrorist: Doors open at midnight.
Apart from these few visible cases immediately, we have many more cases to be brought to the notice of the society and the lordships. We’ll keep working on it.
Therefore, I call upon and invite all my friends who are activists for the cause of equality and gender justice — all my friends who are lawyers and who want to join this noble cause and contribute, please get in touch. Let’s make India a better place for everyone. Let’s give the Supreme Court an equal opportunity to deliver justice to each and every section of the society (after all they are also a part of our society). Since the Supreme Court has ruled that no religion is greater than the Indian Constitution and any provision or tradition violating the equal rights will be struck down, each section should be brought to one platform.
In my opinion, these days, the attack has gone very selective when it comes to the Hindu religion and others. We’ve seen the Hindu gods and the deities getting abused openly during the SC/ST protest on streets when the pictures of Hindu gods were burnt, shoes hurled, and disposed in garbage bins. However, the same people and the political parties are outraged when the Supreme Court delivered verdict in the SC/ST Act provisions which were later on turned down by the government. We’ve seen the activism during Godman Asaram and Ram Rahim; but, the same activism was missing when it came to so called rapist Bishop Franco Mulakkal for months. In the recent Kerala and Karnataka floods, we have seen how Hindu Temples were forced to make donations. We know all the Hindu temples are under government control and they share their earnings with the government for the well-being of the society including all the religions without discriminating within the beneficiary. But at the same time, other religious institutions are independent and they spend just to propagate their religion or lure other communities to convert under the garb of social activism. Not to forget that the Churches are the largest institutions amongst all when it comes to land ownership; however, the Christians are the minority. It seems that earlier political attacks were on human beings on religious lines but these days, these attacks have gone on to the Gods, Deities, and Institutions.
Well, this is all about the religion and spirituality. When it comes to the Institutions, let me remind you that the recent incidents of Gauri Lankesh and other rationalists’ murder. In no time, the liberals and the social media spread the word that the murderers are right wingers and belong to Sanatan Sanstha, the group which is known for upholding Hindu religion and its values. It’s been years that the politics was played in the name of Hindu terrorist because the police are giving fodder to the media on every interval. But look at the irony — the same police is alleged today for offering a bribe of Rs 25 lakhs to one of the accused to accept the charges and to no surprise, the police is Karnataka Police ruled by the Congress and JD(S), where the agenda of accusing right wingers suits. We still remember the same game being played by the earlier government in the name of Hindu terror and what later happened or was proved in the cases of Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya and Col. Purohit. Just wonder, when many Muslim accused were released by the courts in terror charges, the same lobby came out screaming about their human rights, life, and dignity wasted in the jails. However, when the same courts released the Hindus from terror charges, the lobby again came attacking the right wing and the BJP government for supporting these accused. Even they shammed the courts in the name of encouraging saffron terror but no one stood by the human rights, life, and dignity compromised of these people in the trials for all these years.
There are series of events but I have word limit to pen down all. Again, I repeat that to save equality, democracy, secularism, and humanity, the core idea, people and their institutions should not be destroyed and attacked which is the Hindus.
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