Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

BJP questioned Congress party's "silence" on the 'fatwas'


BJP today questioned Congress party's "silence" on the 'fatwas' issued in the Imrana case and the latest one barring women from contesting elections and demanded that Muslim women too be made legally entitled to equal inheritance rights in ancestral property.

"The Congress party talks big about gender equality and women's empowerment but it is not clear what Congress party and its President think about the fatwas issued in the Imrana case and the one asking women to contest polls under veil or the Supreme Court's concern on the parallel judicial system", BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman V K Malhotra told reporters here.

He said if the UPA Government was sincere about providing justice and empowerment to women, it should make the provisions of the recently amended Hindu Succession Act equally applicable to Muslim women.

When pointed out that Muslim women had inheritance rights under their personal law, he said "we want it to be brought under the purview of the common law so that it becomes legal".

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