Mosque Committee: ASK slams 'ban' on women in Kushtia crop fields | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:05 AM, December 13, 2017

Mosque Committee: ASK slams 'ban' on women in Kushtia crop fields

Rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) has condemned the incident of prohibiting women from going to crop fields by a mosque committee in Kushtia on December 8.

Expressing concern over the incident, the ASK in a statement yesterday said such incident violates article 27 of the constitution, which ensures equal rights for all citizens.  

According to the statement, Kalyanpur Jame Mosque Steering Committee in Kushtia's Kumarkhali upazila prohibited local women from going to crop fields alleging that they were getting involved in anti-social activities and damaging crops.

The committee announced the decision through loudspeakers of the mosque after Juma prayers on December 8. They also called upon the villagers to appoint chowkidars (night guards) to stop such activities by women, the statement added.

The rights body said the incident also violated article 28 of the constitution which stipulates that no discrimination can take place between religions, races and sexes.  

Such incidents violate national and international policies on women, said the statement.

The ASK demanded the state and the authorities concerned take appropriate measures in this regard. If they didn't, the incident would instigate fanaticism and fundamentalism, warned the rights organisation.

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