Asiya proposes Rapid Action Force against social evils

Arif Shafi Wani
Publish Date: Jun 13 2006 12:00PM
Srinagar, June 12: Syeda Asiya Andrabi on Monday proposed to establish Rapid Action Force (RAF) to prevent immorality and obscenity in the society. She also suggested to set-up rehabilitation centers and marriage bureaus for exploited girls, widows and orphans. “If immediate reforms are not made to check the waywardness in the society, Kashmir will become a prostitution centre. I propose to set up a Rapid Action Force which will check the immoral activities by raiding places about which we receive information,” Aasiya said in a meeting with members of Forum Against Social Evils (FASE) here. The FASE comprising religious scholars, doctors, journalists, lawyers academicians and others was formed on June 4 in the wake of recently unearthed exploitation of girls by some politicians, police officers, paramilitary troops and some top businessmen. “We have to go to the roots of the social evils if we have to uproot them. But let me make it clear that poverty has only five percent role in social evils. Rest it is state-sponsored and patronized by police,” she said. Asking the people to join hands against social evils, Aasiya said she still receives calls from people about immoral activities at many places. “We are being made tools. Why are we being suppressed, oppressed, can’t we resist? You have come here and it means your conscience is alive. Extend your support to implement aims of the forum,” she said. But she insisted that FASE and Dukhtaran-e-Millat headed by her were two separate organizations with different agenda. “I want to make it clear that my party (DeM) and FASE are separate organizations. Both have separate aims and objectives. So my association with the FASE should not be politicized,” she said. Earlier, Aasiya sought mandate from the FASE members about setting up of rehabilitation centers, marriage bureaus, health aid clinics and Dawaah cells in far-flung areas of the Valley. “We need to establish rehabilitation centers for exploited girls and vocational centers for destitute and orphans. There is a dire need to establish mobile clinics in the countryside where, in the garb of medical camps under so-called ‘Operation Sadhbhava’, we know what the army does to our people,” she said. “There are many widows and we have to think about their marriage so that they could restart their lives. I know there are many who will oppose the idea, but they should understand the spirit behind polygamy,” she said. However, the members of FASE suggested forming its constitution and get it registered before implementation of its aims. The members also suggested various measures for uprooting the social evils. While some suggested closing down the coaching centers, other called for self-introspection. “We should start from our homes, our Mohallas and individually raise voice against the unislamic activities,” a member said, adding that antecedents of those who wish to join the forum should be checked. But he was interrupted by a labourer saying, “don’t suspect those who have come here. If I tell you that I was a vagabond but the exploitation of the girls has shocked and changed me, would you mind me as a member?” “If anybody stops you from entering his/her house what will you do?” a girl asked Aasiya. “Let us work collectively and no police or even Manmohan Singh can stop us,” Aasiya replied. Prominent academician Dr Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal asked the forum to execute its aims by virtue of its constitution. He also lashed out at the extravagance in the marriages and urged people to maintain austerity. On the occasion the members nominated a 13-member executive committee.
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