Jammu and Kashmir clerics of Majlis-e-Shura issue fatwa banning women from travelling alone

A day after the Darul Ulum Deoband in Uttar Pradesh issued a strange fatwa prohibits women to get ahead, to prune and shape their eyebrows and haircut, the Clerics of Majlis-e-Shura, a religious conglomerate Kishwwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, were released Monday dictating the ban on women to go out alone in public.

According to times, the religious conglomerate issued a list dictating the imposition of restrictions on women in the state. According to the dictates, women can not go on the market and the only public acts should not interact with men on the streets and there will be no separate classes for boys and girls in schools because coeducation is “non-Islamic.”

The list also said that music should be banned at wedding ceremonies and all kinds of entertainment at weddings imply the incentive for offenders to be socially boycotted. The offenders will be publicly ashamed, said the clerics. Women should not venture in the company of their father, husband or brother, clerics have been warned.

This dictum in Jammu and Kashmir came just a day after Darul Ifta, the largest seminary in India have classified all activities of “non-Islamic” life and asked Muslim women to abstain, ‘reported ANI. Fatwas have caused controversy, while women activists across India questioned the fatwa.

This is not the first time these fatwas have made the news. In 2013, Darul Ulum Deoband has issued a fatwa that prohibits photography, while in 2010, she said women and men can not work together if women are “properly” dressed.

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