Are they unaware that in many parts of India (and in many parts of the world) jawan girls do sing, dance, play, run, earn, protest, lecture, defy, win, lose, dream, aspire and succeed, infront of jawan boys (and girls)?
Controlling the lives and choices of jawan girls (and boys) is necessary to ensure they don’t learn to say this,
‘Kashmir lost its only all-girls rock band on Monday as its three teenage members decided to call it quits, a day after the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it.”[Link]’
‘… the teenage members of the Valley’s first all-women rock band have gone into hiding immediately after receiving a threat of ‘social boycott’ from the Dukhataarn-e-Millat, a radical women’s outfit.
Coming as it did after the fatwa from Kashmir’s head mufti, this development has halted all support for the band from civil society and cultural circles.
Left to fend for themselves, the families of Noma Nazir, Farah Deeba and Aneeka Khalid in the vulnerable neighbourhoods of Chhanpora, Bemina and Rajbagh have forced the teenagers to snap their contact with all, especially the media. “We have seized their cellphones and laptops,” two of their relatives revealed to The Hindu. “Their band has been shut.” [Rock band girls go into hiding after social boycott]’
What kind of people would make someone give up something they love?
‘The band Pragaash (morning light) comprising three Class 10 girls, gave their first live performance at Srinagar’s music festival, Battle of the Bands, in December.
Adnan Muhammad Mattoo, who trained them before they formed the valley’s first girls’ rock band, told IANS: “Since the grand mufti, whom we treat as part of the government, says they must not play music, the three girls have decided to quit.” “… I now feel seven years of my life have been wasted. I have also decided to quit and give up my pursuit of rock music,” Mattoo said. [link]’
Is it surprising that those who make these threats defending patriarchal values (in the name of whatever might work, religion, culture, protection etc) always hate modern, western culture and liberal values??
Because modern, humane, fair, just, rational values expose their hypocrisy. In these ‘bad’, modern times, those they desire to control are empowered enough to openly condemn, mock or question them.
So the only tool they are left with are threats or violence. Why are they being allowed to get away with this?
What would you say if they really, seriously, mean this?
“They should sing in their rooms, or within the family, but singing in public … They can sing, but singing in public, which would provokes men, is not good.” [Full text of Grand Mufti Maulana Bashir-u-Din’s speech, here.]
Heard the grand Mufti on social media, say this on TV. What is he trying to convey to jawan boys?
“Jawaan ladkiyan, jawaan ladko ke samne aa jayengee, beparda hoker, to insaani khwaishaat kaabu mein rahe sakte hain? Kya isko aap azaadi kah sakte hain? Aap kar sakte ho, mein kar sakta hoon, kya har koi kar sakta hai…”
(Rough translation: Young girls coming infront of young boys, without being veiled, then human wishes/desires will remain in control? Can you call this freedom? …You can, I can but everybody cannot… )
Some other voices on the TV said the girls should sing only Indian music and reject western music, some claim any music and dancing is wrong, and others seem to allow men to sing but not women. Do they believe they have a right to control what other people do?
I agree with what Arnab Goswami said (in News Hour), about being born free and not needing to engage and debate (once every twenty four hours) to justify our right to freedom and equality. But these girls are class ten students.
Some more examples of attacks on democratic values, freedom, justice, common sense and human values.
I can’t sing and dance, so I am safe!! - dhwanis