Burning alive teenage girl alarms humanity
ISLAMABAD— Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi in a condemnation statement regarding brutal murder of teenage girl, who was burned alive few days back in Abbottabad on alleged decision of ‘ Jirga’ said that elements accomplice in ‘ honor killing’ not only be convicted in murder case but also indicted under sections for making violence in society.
Burning alive a teenage girl on assumptions of suspect is sheer ignorance and such sort of extremist thinking is very alarming not only for government but also for the entire society, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi adding that Islam has categorically defined rights for women for every situation and occasion and associating outdated customs and practices with Islam is nothing except abysmal ignorance.
Talking to a visiting delegate of Pakistan Ulema Council Women Chapter here Sunday, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that it is responsibility of Ulemas, Mashaykh, Imams and religious scholars to educate general public on rights of women as advocated in Quran and Sunnah.
Incidents relating violence against women have been reportedly increased during last couple of months as people convicted of violence against women managed to escape punishments and amidst this scenario, the government need to look over this scenario seriously, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi. He also said that owing to outdated customs girls are being deprived of education and owing to dowry practices thousands of girls are get passing their matrimonial age and amidst this situation killing of girls on account of ‘ honor’ is very deplorable act.
Dar- ul- Afta’ Wing of Pakistan Ulema Council has already submitted its suggestions to Punjab Government on ‘ Women Protection Bill’, and this is need of the time that instead of politicizing this bill, religious organizations should come forward with their recommendations and proposals over this bill, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi also announced on this occasion to observe first Juma of Ramazan- ul- Mubarak as ‘ Women Protection Day’ and during sermons.