[J @ Shada Kalo, USA]
Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini, chairman of Islami Oikojote has proclaimed that by announcing the “National Women Development Policy, 2008”, the caretaker government has spoken against the Quoran, and are thus considered apostates. He has also asked President Iazuddin to disband the government, and asked Army chief of staff Gen. Moeen U. Ahmed to withdraw his support.
I believe there is a High court decision declaring all fatwas illegal. Even if there was not such case law against this idiocy, what happened to the zero tolerance showed by this government against students and university teachers? Instaed, we have the law adviser meekly declaring that the policy has been “misinterpreted.”
The worst part is, the policy actually does not have anything about changing existing laws of the land. The section that Mr. Amini is so vigorously protesting against? All it did was to declare that women will enjoy equal rights.
This policy was first developed by AL in 1997-98, finally published by BNP in 2004, and was even then crippled by Mr. Amini and his friends who were in the government with BNP.
Where was Mr. Amini when the divorce law was amended so just uttering “talak” three times is not sufficient any more? A divorce now requires a notice to an elected official after the verbal declaration of intent and a 90-day waiting period, but mullahs are still trying to ruin the life of innocent women by lying and misinterpreting the law. Guess when it was changed? 1961.
Even inheritance law has not been untouched. Only a generation ago, if the father died before the grandfather, then children of the deceased had no claim to the grandfather’s property. I believe this law was originally based on a formula derived from Sharia law. That was changed as well, allowing grandchildren a lawful claim to property that was rightfully theirs. Changed when you might ask? In 1961, through the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance brought into being by Ayub Khan, the then president of Pakistan.
Amini and his ilk did not protest the changes then, and they have not protested the changes for the last 47 years. Why are these morons suddenly up in arms about a mere policy that declared women are equal, but was completely silent about the inheritance issue?
I have a suggestion for Mr. Amini and his friends. India (yes, secular India) still permits the “triple talak”, although in 2007 a judge ruled against it. Perhaps he would like to move to India, and leave Bangladesh for people who actually like living there?
J @ Shada Kalo [http://www.shadakalo.blogspot.com] writes using a pseudonym and is best known for exposing government, military, corporate foul plays through whistle-blowing investigative reports.