Have more children to protect Muslim-majority status of JK: Dr Qasim

Have more children to protect Muslim-majority status of JK: Dr Qasim

In a statement, incarcerated Dr Qasim also appealed doctors not to perform unnecessary birth control surgeries without an excuse valid under Shariah.

Separatist leader and Muslim DeeniMahaz (MDM) chief, Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Saturday urged Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir to have multiple wives and produce more children to ‘prevent a change in JK’s Muslim-majority status.’

In a statement, incarcerated Dr Qasim also appealed doctors not to perform unnecessary birth control surgeries without an excuse valid under Shariah.

“Muslims in Jammu Kashmir are fighting for right to self determination keeping in mind their majority in Jammu Kashmir and therefore expecting a favorable result of independence from forcible control of India. If the Muslim-majority status is changed into a minority, all these expectations are bound to crash,” he said.

DrQasim, who has completed 22 years in prison, is serving life imprisonment on charges of involvement in murder of noted Kashmiri human rights activist, HridayNathWanchoo, a charge denied by him.

“Indian rulers have been working on this plan right from 1947. Earlier it was done in a silent way, now it is being done in proactive and outrageous manner. The settlement of refugees in Jammu & Kashmir is a move towards these goals. Surprisingly, Kashmiri Muslims are themselves playing a part in their own destruction as the girls are being married late. This implies they will have less children-bearing capability,” he said.

“The excuse given for late marriages is that youth should become economically stable. Then after marriage, birth control slogans are continuously  pounded  upon  these  couples. To have less children fearing economic  problems  is nothing but ignorance,” he said.

Faktoo said almost seven percent girls in Jammu Kashmir are facing Polycystic Ovarian syndrome. “They are thus unable to bear children after the age of 23-24 years. While as almost 10 percent boys suffer from depleted sperm count and mortality. There has been a considerable  increase  in these  numbers during  the past 25 years which  makes  it clear that the food  being imported  here  from India  and the mental stress  caused  by  the presence  of troops  is affecting  the fertility of Kashmiri Muslims,” he said.

Justifying his argument, he said, “We have 30,000 widows and nearly two lakh orphans in Jammu & Kashmir and these widows are young. Islam directs us to go for remarriage of these widows.”

“We request local Imams to make people aware about the importance of having more children.  Further,  we request  doctors  not  to do  unnecessary  birth  control  surgeries  without an excuse valid under  Shariah. We appeal well off Muslims to marry more than once and have as many children as possible. The Quranic tenet of justice between wives is only in providing equal provision and not inclination of the heart,” Dr Qasim added.