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Ameer of Hafajat Islam one Islamist Party of Bangladesh, 93 years old Shah Ahmed Shafi who at the same time Principal of the Chittagong based Hathazari Madrasa, Heads a Qawmi Madrasa Education Board very recently has delivered very regressive remarks to liberty of women, education of women and employment of women in a Islamic grand conference at central Eidgah field, Hathazari, Chittagong.

Shafi is also considered by his followers as a top Islamic cleric and their spiritual leader in Bangladesh. How he respects his mother as delivered the comments about women as follows:

“You women should stay within the four walls of your houses. Sitting inside your husband’s home you should take care of your husband’s furniture and raise your children, your male kids. These are your jobs. Why you have to go outside?

Do not come out of your house. Do not roam naked on roads and at stations, markets and fields. Beware! Do not go shopping. Ask your husband and son to do the shopping. Why would you go? Ask your husband to bring this thing and that. You just sit and order your son. Why do you have to take the trouble”?

(Shafi has made vulgar indications to women compared women with tamarind that any man would like to taste.)

“If a small boy is sucking on a piece of tamarind……when you walk beneath a tamarind tree…. When you go by a tamarind shop in the market, it makes your mouth water, women are worse than that.

Seeing women, your heart salivates in desire-desire to marry them, to do a love marriage or a court marriage. No matter how pious you may be, if you shake hands with a woman, your heart will start having evil intentions. This is a Zina of the mind, Zina of the heart and soon it will turn into a real Zina.

If an elderly man tells me that he does not start having evil intentions when he sees a woman, then I will tell him:’ old man! Your manhood has gone. That is why you do not get evil intentions when you see a woman.”

“Why are you sending your daughters to work in garments factories? She goes to work after Fajr at 7/8 AM and does not come back even at 8/10/12 at night.

You do not know which man she is hanging out with. You don not know how much Zina (unlawful sexual activity) she is getting involved in. Through Zina, she is earning money, which does not bring prosperity (Barkat)”.

Note: Women are involved in 17 out of 23 types of work in the agriculture sector and women make up 80% of the 3.5 million garment workers in Bangladesh. So they are contributing a significant proportion to the Gross Domestic Product of Bangladesh.

“Women go to schools, colleges and universities, let them study up to class 4 or 5. After marriage, keeping record of their husband’s finances is enough for them.

You are spending lakhs of Taka for sending them to schools, colleges and universities. But after few days your daughter will get a husband of her own, enter into love marriage or a court marriage and elope. She will not remember her father.

Students, both boys and girls, have mobile phones. The male students collect the phone numbers of female ones while female students go to schools and colleges and collect the phone number of female students. This is what is going on in the name education.

These women are like tamarinds. If you are studying with women day and night, your heart will not be able to control itself. You are walking on the streets and hand shaking (with women), you will not be to control your heart.”

It’s really hard to hear such offensive remarks about women in Bangladesh where Leader (Prime Minister) and Deputy Leader of Parliament, Leader to Opposition of Parliament, Speaker of Parliament, Foreign Minister are women. In addition, Shah Ahmed Shafi allied itself to 18 party alliance that leaded by Begum Khaleda Zia (Leader to Opposition of Parliament).

How Shafi has commented vulgarly regarding women as he himself came from a womb of a woman (mother) and survived with drinking holy milk of his mother after born. Shafi has own sisters, daughters and wife.

How he endorses minimum dignity to his sister, daughter and wife if he believes that he deliver to audiences???? How Shafi does respects to his mother???

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