This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, August 3, 2017
PROTEST AGAINST RAPE: ADDRESS INDECENT DRESSING FIRST
PROTEST AGAINST RAPE: ADDRESS INDECENT
A group of people under the banner of War Against Rape
(WAR) staged a protest in Lagos today demanding an end to rape. The protest was
staged at the office of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemns rape and all forms of violence and
coercion, the protest was misplaced and the protesters themselves were ill-informed
and misguided. This protest is sheer cosmetic exercise.
We posit that rape is an affront against the dignity of
womanhood and an assault on humanity. It should be condemned in the strongest
terms. Nonetheless, taking a protest against rape to the governor’s office is a
misdirection of target audience, a waste of man-hour and mere window-dressing. It
cannot scratch the surface, talk less of hitting the subterranean region.
Rape is on the
increase mainly because moral bankruptcy has hit its peak. Women are no longer
ashamed of exposing their bodies in public, whether in front or at the back.
Even dresses which do not expose their bodies are sewn so tight that no one is
left in doubt about the objective. It is the age of dress-to-kill. But women
forget that many of them will fall victims of stray bullets.
Indecent dressing is a provocation and this is the issue
which decent societies must address. MURIC invites WAR to launch a campaign
against indecent dressing. The way you dress is the way you will be addressed.
You cannot send out a letter without receiving a reply. Many responsible
corporate entities now disallow women who are scantily dressed from entering
their premises. They also send back female staffers who appear in provocative
and daring outfits.
WAR should tell
women to elevate their self-dignity. Why do women allow themselves to be turned
into money making machines (ATM) for capitalist enterprises? Why do they pose
half nude in adverts, magazine covers, etc? Why are women ever so willing to
expose their Allah-given delicacies to naked eyes?
should only be complementary. The governor does not dictate your taste in
fashion. Women who elect to cut their blouses low at the front and their skirts
outrageously short above the thighs have deliberately entered into a contract
with men who are sick upstairs. Women should be told in clear and unequivocal
terms that indecent dressing constitutes sexual harassment.
The Glorious Qur’an says,
“Oh ye children of Adam, we have given you garments to cover your shame and to
be an adornment for you. But the dress of righteousness is the best…Oh ye
children of Adam, let not Shaytan (Satan) seduce you …” (Qur’an 7:26-27)
In conclusion, MURIC
advises parents and guardians to pay special attention to what their female children
and wards wear. Women should desist from dressing up little female children
like adults. Neither should they leave them unmonitored with strange men. The
movements of teenage girls should be strictly monitored and they should not be
sent on errands to men. In addition, married women should learn to adorn
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)