Millat chief justifies Purdah campaign
8 September 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Syedah Asiya Andrabi, chief of Dakhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of Nation), said that the ongoing purdah campaign in the Valley was the beginning of a ''comprehensive social reform movement based on true Islamic thought''. She said that mixing of men and women in educational institutions, hotels, offices and at public places was a malaise eating into ''our moral and social values''. In an interview to the Hindustan Times, Asiya said Islamic scholars should come forward and bring about a social change in Kashmir. She also said women must ''recognize their identity and not be exploited. Our dignity lies in being women and we should not try to become men'', she said. She asked women to stay away from government jobs. ''Earning a livelihood is the sole responsibility of man'', she said. Asiya said that she was quite disturbed when she saw what Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf''s wife was wearing when she came to Agra last month. ''It was quite humiliating for the wife of the head of Pakistan to move around like that,'' she said. The Dakhtaran chief appreciated Lashkar- e-Jabbar for its burqa campaign and justified the use of force to make it a success. ''It is quite in tune with Islamic teachings'' and claimed she had got a decree from Islamic scholars, whom she refused to identify. Asiya said that unless the Kashmiri society adopted a true Islamic framework, success would continue to elude them in their struggle for freedom. ''Allah has promised help and assistance only to those people, who abide by His command'', she said. Lashkar-e-Jabbar''s deadline to all Kashmiri women to wear burqa is now September 10.