Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022
Outlook.com
muslims: feminism

Zenana Republic

More Muslim women protest against biases in the south. Literacy, global pulls aid them.

Zenana Republic
Zenana Republic
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Khadija is only one of many Muslim women in south India who are asserting their rights, and winning. In neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the redoubtable Daud Sharifa Khanam has built the STEPS women's development organisation into a formidable body, with 30,000 members. This month's meeting celebrated a small victory—that of one of its members, Saubaitha Begum, who successfully organised a Friday prayer meet for 300 women in Thracepuram a few weeks ago, and even persuaded some of the men in the town to support the move. STEPS has also been determinedly tackling problems such as dowry harassment and spousal abuse, which the male-dominated jamaats often overlook. In the last decade alone, they have successfully disposed of 10,000 petitions. Well versed in both theology and law, STEPS members have also taken to the streets when the petitions haven't been enough, forcing the removal of corrupt policemen and the arrest of violent wife-beaters.


Daud Sharifa Khanam in the STEPS office

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.