Playing with statistics on Muslim divorce rates

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1581Abdul Rashid Agwan

The reporting in Indian Express about the recently released data on community-wise divorce rates in the country is not objective from any count. The heading of the article wrote by Zeeshan Shaikh, “Muslim women of age 20-34 remain most vulnerable to divorce: Census”, is itself telling. The timing of the release of data by the Ministry of Home Affairs strangely coincides with the case of triple divorce already under hearing in the Supreme Court. The policymakers of the community are eagerly waiting for literacy and other educational data of religious demography appertained to census 2011 but they are now burdened with marriage data to deal with. The article places as backgrounder the debate on Uniform Civil Code and issues related to Shah Bano case, which seem beyond the scope of the article. While mentioning age-specific vulnerability among Muslims, the writer has not mentioned the state of affairs in an analytical way.

The divorce rate of Muslim women was 5.3 per thousand women in 2001 census, which has become 5.63 in 2011 census, showing a slight increase in a decade’s time. So in a decadal scene, nothing unusual has happened with the community in the backdrop of faster divorce growth rates among other sections.

In an article published in New Indian Express in April 2015, while quoting census 2011, it has been mentioned, “The proportion of divorced and separated has marginally increased in the case of both the sexes.” A BBC report of 2011 highlights the rising menace of divorce in India thus, “There’s been a 100% increase in divorce rates in the past five years alone.” Last year, Hindustan Times reported, “This is an unusual trend in a country where the divorce rate was just 1 in 1,000 ten years ago, and is still a relatively low 13 per 1,000 – as compared to the US average of 500 per 1,000. While India has no central or even state-wise registry of divorce data, family court officials say the number of divorce applications has doubled and even tripled in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Lucknow over the past five years.”

It is evident from the above reports that the general divorce rate is constantly on the rise whereas some recent articles in newspapers give the impression that this rate is decreasing whereas ‘Muslim’ rate is going up. Huffington Post remarks, “Census 2011 further reveals that 5.5 in 1,000 Hindu couples tend to get separated, including cases of wives being abandoned by husbands, though the rate of divorce among Hindus is 1.8 per 1,000.” Thus, both legal divorce and separation among Hindus will amount to be 7.3 per thousand women. If this is the fact then it brings the ‘Hindu’ divorce/separation rate quite higher to that of the ‘Muslim’ divorce rate wherein ‘separation’ is not a significant factor due to easy divorce. It should be noted that the divorce rate among majority Indian women was 4.7 per thousand women in 2001. Thus, among the Muslims the rise of marriage annulment is from 5.3 to 5.63 during the decade whereas it has been from 4.7 to 5.5 among the Hindus, showing a faster trend in case of the latter.

It may be noted here that the noted ‘Hindu’ rate of divorce is basically due to lesser divorce rate among lower echelon of society, otherwise in Hindu upper castes and Hindu middle and upper classes it should have been more than 13 per thousand women as some studies reveal.

Zeeshan Sheikh wrote, “Nearly 44% of divorced Muslim women belong to the age group 20 to 34” hence he seems worried that Muslim women are vulnerable in that age group.  Let us quote another study of divorce cases filed in family courts, which underlines, “Couples in the 25-35 age group accounted for 70 per cent of the cases, and 85 per cent of them were filed in the first three years of marriage.” Hence, it is generally the younger couples which are most vulnerable for separation rather than Muslim alones. Considering the census in this case, it can be noted that in another age groups, as depicted by Shaikh, Muslim women are less vulnerable than others. One more thing should be remembered here that the marriage age of Muslim women is much lower than other sections. Hence, the young Muslim couples are as vulnerable to marriage annulment at early age as their counterparts in a somewhat higher age brackets.

One major reason for decreasing rate among Hindus as recorded in the census is the increasing trend of separation without divorce. The famous case is that of Jasodaben who considers herself married whereas she is not living with her husband since her marriage. There are millions of divorce cases pending in courts and family courts and when settled will tremendously add in the general divorce rate in the country. Many women in India are murdered while in marriage instead of being divorced to avoid alimony and the stigma of divorce. In 2012 over 1.4 dowry deaths per 100,000 females were reported in India, against 3.4 homicides per 100,000 women worldwide, according to a UN report. That makes Indian brides account for a full 41 per cent of the global toll of murdered women. It is a well known fact this phenomenon is almost negligible among Muslims.

The use of statistics based on the new term ‘refined divorce rate’, purported headlines in media and timing of the said release of census data on marriage seems guided and amounts to be a media trial before the Supreme Court could take any decision on the pending cases related to the so-called triple Talaq.

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[Contributor is a social activist, analyst and author of several books including the recent one “Islam in 21st Century: The Dynamics of Change and Future-making”.]

26 COMMENTS

  1. Basically you cannot compare divorce rates between hindu & muslims. Hindu woman has been given right to ask for divorce from husband. However, muslim woman is not given such right. Most of the divorces in muslims are initiated by husbands using ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’. Hence all muslims divorce cases are nothing but injustice against women. In Islam, woman is like a parrot in a cage. Parrot has security but no freedom. If you really want to improve life of muslim women then demolish polygamy & hijab.
    Hindu woman has been given equal right to ask for divorce & hindu divorce cases can be seen as justice to woman.

    • @secular hindu…as usual a hindutwaadi ass brays his nonsensical blah blah..with no substance to prove…hell to hindutwaad n hindutwaadis.

    • Dear secular Hindu,

      Are you joking? If you don’t know about any religion please don’t speak about them. Muslim women has right to separate from there husband and other through a process called KHULA. They can separate and husband cannot pressurise them to stay with them.
      Muslim women practice Hijab by themselves and if they don’t want they don’t were hijab as you can find many muslim women without Hijab also. You don’t have right to say anything against women for there choice of wearing hijab . Just ask them about there choice and you will learn get the answer.

      • I can give an example. If a parrot is kept in cage for few years & then if you try to free that parrot then parrot will return back to cage only because it does not have confidence to live without cage. Same thing is applied to muslim women.
        Parents in muslim society ask their daughter to wear hijab from the age 6. Since, a girl has been wearing hijab for so long when she becomes adult i.e 18 years, naturally she feels secure in hijab only.
        Try one thing, do not ask your daughters to wear hijab till 18 years & then keep this option in front of her to wear hijab or not. I can guarantee you that 99% muslim women will say NO to hijab. This proves that how you are enforcing hijab on your daughters.

      • @Ian ..you Muslims spends while lyf 2 understand ur rules and ur other books except holy book Quran ..BT at d end u never understand ,no religion in dis world says to kill innocent animals for feeding humans ,even in Qur’an its clear to save animals BT u guys, so plz don’t judge for white is ryt or wrong 4 others,let dem choose ,nd give freedom to wretch women

        • Muslims mercilessly slaughter animals, kill animals and eat them. They do it daily and on Bakri Eid, Muslims kill millions of innocents animals. You Hindus are tolerant and don’t kill animals. Shame, Shame Shame. 80% of customers who eat Chicken Biryani /Mutton Sticks/Qorma are Hindus. You Hindu worship cow and ban cow sluaghter. I respect your God Mother Cow but I am sad that you Hindus export beef and mutton. My sampthy is with Cow Mother and I condemn hypocrites who have hijacked Hiduism. They can export beef but don’t allowe Muslims to consume the same. They raped innocent Muslim girls i Mewat for consuming beef. Please click on the link to see truth of these extremist….https://www.facebook.com/rasida.sama/videos/1183736068351941/

        • What rubbish? Are the animals killed only in India? Multiple fold animals are killed world wide. Are Muslims responsible for all those? Nonsense.

    • Have scanty knowledge swim with empty vassels.
      Women have equal right to divorce her husband called( Khula. )It is recognized in Sharia laws.
      Husbands can have no right to ask for the return of Dowries unless the divorcee wife agree to do so.

    • Zameen se aasman ki unchayi naap rahe ho bhai.. dont speak lies of things you dont know..
      A muslim woman has right to ask for KHULA! Wherein if her husband is not fit for her she xanleave him..

      But in Hinduism there is SATI! AND JIS GHAR SE DOLI NIKLEGI US GHAR SE HI ARTHI UTHEGI..

      Islam is the solution to all worldy problems.. Initiate Islamic Shariah Law for rapists just for 1 year and see the difference..

      • @akif.,Exactly, u said very well,u guys or on jameen & ol r on asmaan ,u told about khula ..its ol for d name of ryt 2 women ,u very well knows DAT what d women has to do after talaq ,she has 2 sex wid other man,den after u knw d whole process yr isn’t it?so y any lady chosse to do dis, and about Hinduism u listen is ol just myth or nothing..

    • MY GOOD FRIEND SECULAR HINDU
      TELL ME THERE ARE HOW MANY GODS AND READ THIS
      “”””HINDUISM
      I INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM:
      The most popular among the Aryan religions is Hinduism. ‘Hindu’ is actually a Persian word that stands for the inhabitants of the region beyond the Indus Valley. However, in common parlance, Hinduism is a blanket term for an assortment of religious beliefs, most of which are based on the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.
      II INTRODUCTION TO HINDU SCRIPTURES.
      There are several sacred scriptures of the Hindus. Among these are the Vedas, Upanishads and the Puranas.
      1.VEDAS:
      The word Veda is derived from vid which means to know, knowledge par excellence or sacred wisdom. There are four principal divisions of the Vedas (although according to their number, they amount to 1131 out of which about a dozen are available). According to Maha Bhashya of Patanjali, there are 21 branches of Rigveda, 9 types of Atharvaveda, 101 branches of Yajurveda and 1000 of Samveda).
      The Rigveda, the Yajurveda and the Samveda are considered to be more ancient books and are known as Trai Viddya or the ‘Triple Sciences’. The Rigveda is the oldest and has been compiled in three long and different periods of time. The 4th Veda is the Atharvaveda, which is of a later date.
      There is no unanimous opinion regarding the date of compilation or revelation of the four Vedas. According to Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj, the Vedas were revealed 1310 million years ago. According to other scholars, they are not more than 4000 years old.
      Similarly, there are differing opinions regarding the places where these books were compiled and the Rishis to whom these Scriptures were given. Inspite of these differences, the Vedas are considered to be the most authentic of the Hindu Scriptures and the real foundations of the Hindu Dharma.
      2. UPANISHADS:
      The word ‘Upanishad’ is derived from Upa meaning near, Ni which means down and Shad means to sit. Therefore ‘Upanishad’ means sitting down near. Groups of pupils sit near the teacher to learn from him the secret doctrines.
      According to Samkara, ‘Upanishad’ is derived from the root word Sad which means ‘to loosen’, ‘to reach’ or ‘to destroy’, with Upa and ni as prefix; therefore ‘Upanishad’ means Brahma-Knowledge by which ignorance is loosened or destroyed.
      The number of Upanishads exceeds 200 though the Indian tradition puts it at 108. There are 10 principal Upanishads. However, some consider them to be more than 10, while others 18.
      The Vedanta meant originally the Upanishads, though the word is now used for the system of philosophy based on the Upanishad. Literally, Vedanta means the end of the Veda, Vedasua-antah, and the conclusion as well as the goal of Vedas. The Upanishads are the concluding portion of the Vedas and chronologically they come at the end of the Vedic period.
      Some Pundits consider the Upanishads to be more superior to the Vedas.
      3. PURANAS:
      Next in order of authenticity are the Puranas which are the most widely read scriptures. It is believed that the Puranas contain the history of the creation of the universe, history of the early Aryan tribes, life stories of the divines and deities of the Hindus. It is also believed that the Puranas are revealed books like the Vedas, which were revealed simultaneously with the Vedas or sometime close to it.
      Maharishi Vyasa has divided the Puranas into 18 voluminous parts. He also arranged the Vedas under various heads.
      Chief among the Puranas is a book known as Bhavishya Purana. It is called so because it is believed to give an account of future events. The Hindus consider it to be the word of God. Maharishi yasa is considered to be just the compiler of the book.
      4. ITIHAAS:
      The two epics of Hinduism are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
      A. Ramayana:
      According to Ramanuja, the great scholar of Ramayana, there are more than 300 different types of Ramayana: Tulsidas Ramayana, Kumbha Ramayana. Though the outline of Ramayana is same, the details and contents differ.
      Valmiki’s Ramayana:
      Unlike the Mahabharata, the Ramayana appears to be the work of one person – the sage Valmiki, who probably composed it in the 3rd century BC. Its best-known recension (by Tulsi Das, 1532-1623) consists of 24,000 rhymed couplets of 16-syllable lines organised into 7 books. The poem incorporates many ancient legends and draws on the sacred books of the Vedas. It describes the efforts of Kosala’s heir, Rama, to regain his throne and rescue his wife, Sita, from the demon King of Lanka.
      Valmiki’s Ramayana is a Hindu epic tradition whose earliest literary version is a Sanskrit poem attributed to the sage Valmiki. Its principal characters are said to present ideal models of personal, familial, and social behavior and hence are considered to exemplify Dharma, the principle of moral order.
      B. Mahabharata:
      The nucleus of the Mahabharata is the war of eighteen days fought between the Kauravas, the hundred sons of Dhritarashtra and Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu. The epic entails all the circumstances leading upto the war. Involved in this Kurukshetra battle were almost all the kings of India joining either of the two parties. The result of this war was the total annihilation of Kauravas and their party. Yudhishthira, the head of the Pandavas, became the sovereign monarch of Hastinapura. His victory is supposed to symbolise the victory of good over evil. But with the progress of years, new matters and episodes relating to the various aspects of human life, social, economic, political, moral and religious as also fragments of other heroic legends came to be added to the aforesaid nucleus and this phenomenon continued for centuries until it acquired the present shape. The Mahabharata represents a whole literature rather than one single and unified work, and contains many multifarious things.
      C. Bhagavad Gita:
      Bhagavad Gita is a part of Mahabharata. It is the advice given by Krishna to Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It contains the essence of the Vedas and is the most popular of all the Hindu Scriptures. It contains 18 chapters.
      The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most widely read and revered of the works sacred to the Hindus. It is their chief devotional book, and has been for centuries the principal source of religious inspiration for many thousands of Hindus.
      The Gita is a dramatic poem, which forms a small part of the larger epic, the Mahabharata. It is included in the sixth book (Bhismaparvan) of the Mahabaharata and documents one tiny event in a huge epic tale.
      The Bhagavad Gita tells a story of a moral crisis faced by Arjuna, which is solved through the interaction between Arjuna, a Pandava warrior hesitating before battle, and Krishna, his charioteer and teacher. The Bhagavad Gita relates a brief incident in the main story of a rivalry and eventually a war between two branches of a royal family. In that brief incident – a pause on the battlefield just as the battle is about to begin – Krishna, one chief on one side (also believed to be the Lord incarnate), is presented as responding to the doubts of Arjuna. The poem is the dialogue through which Arjuna’s doubts were resolved by Krishna’s teachings.
      CONCEPT OF GOD IN HINDUISM
      1. Common Concept of God in Hinduism:
      Hinduism is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion. Indeed, most Hindus would attest to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods. While some Hindus believe in the existence of three gods, some believe in thousands of gods, and some others in thirty three crore i.e. 330 million Gods. However, learned Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God.
      The major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim perception of God is the common Hindus’ belief in the philosophy of Pantheism. Pantheism considers everything, living and non-living, to be Divine and Sacred. The common Hindu, therefore, considers everything as God. He considers the trees as God, the sun as God, the moon as God, the monkey as God, the snake as God and even human beings as manifestations of God!
      Islam, on the contrary, exhorts man to consider himself and his surroundings as examples of Divine Creation rather than as divinity itself. Muslims therefore believe that everything is God’s i.e. the word ‘God’ with an apostrophe ‘s’. In other words the Muslims believe that everything belongs to God. The trees belong to God, the sun belongs to God, the moon belongs to God, the monkey belongs to God, the snake belongs to God, the human beings belong to God and everything in this universe belongs to God.
      Thus the major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim beliefs is the difference of the apostrophe ‘s’. The Hindu says everything is God. The Muslim says everything is God’s.
      2. Concept of God according to Hindu Scriptures:
      We can gain a better understanding of the concept of God in Hinduism by analysing Hindu scriptures.
      BHAGAVAD GITA
      The most popular amongst all the Hindu scriptures is the Bhagavad Gita.
      Consider the following verse from the Gita: “Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.” [Bhagavad Gita 7:20]
      The Gita states that people who are materialistic worship demigods i.e. ‘gods’ besides the True God.
      UPANISHADS:
      The Upanishads are considered sacred scriptures by the Hindus.
      The following verses from the Upanishads refer to the Concept of God:
      “Ekam evadvitiyam”
      “He is One only without a second.”
      [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1
      “Na casya kascij janita na cadhipah.”
      “Of Him there are neither parents nor lord.”
      [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9]2
      “Na tasya pratima asti”
      “There is no likeness of Him.”
      [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19]3
      The following verses from the Upanishad allude to the inability of man to imagine God in a particular form:
      “Na samdrse tisthati rupam asya, na caksusa pasyati kas canainam.”
      “His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye.”
      [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20]4
      THE VEDAS
      Vedas are considered the most sacred of all the Hindu scriptures. There are four principal Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda.
      Yajurveda
      The following verses from the Yajurveda echo a similar concept of God:
      “na tasya pratima asti
      “There is no image of Him.”
      [Yajurveda 32:3]5
      “shudhama poapvidham”
      “He is bodyless and pure.”
      [Yajurveda 40:8]6
      “Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste”
      “They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements” (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). “They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship sambhuti.”
      [Yajurveda 40:9]7
      Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.
      The Yajurveda contains the following prayer:
      “Lead us to the good path and remove the sin that makes us stray and wander.”
      [Yajurveda 40:16]8
      Atharvaveda
      The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:
      “Dev maha osi”
      “God is verily great”
      [Atharvaveda 20:58:3]9
      Rigveda
      The oldest of all the vedas is Rigveda. It is also the one considered most sacred by the Hindus. The Rigveda states in Book 1, hymn 164 and verse 46:
      “Sages (learned Priests) call one God by many names.”
      [Rigveda 1:164:46]
      The Rigveda gives several different attributes to Almighty God. Many of these are mentioned in Rigveda Book 2 hymn 1.
      Among the various attributes of God, one of the beautiful attributes mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3, is Brahma. Brahma means ‘The Creator’. Translated into Arabic it means Khaaliq. Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Khaaliq or ‘Creator’ or Brahma. However if it is said that Brahma is Almighty God who has four heads with each head having a crown, Muslims take strong exception to it.
      Describing Almighty God in anthropomorphic terms also goes against the following verse of Yajurveda:
      “Na tasya Pratima asti”
      “There is no image of Him.”
      [Yajurveda 32:3]
      Another beautiful attribute of God mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3 is Vishnu. Vishnu means ‘The Sustainer’. Translated into Arabic it means Rabb. Again, Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Rabb or ‘Sustainer’ or Vishnu. But the popular image of
      Vishnu among Hindus, is that of a God who has four arms, with one of the right arms holding the Chakra, i.e. a discus and one of the left arms holding a ‘conch shell’, or riding a bird or reclining on a snake couch. Muslims can never accept any image of God. As mentioned earlier this also goes against Svetasvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 verse 19.
      “Na tasya pratima asti”
      “There is no likeness of Him”
      The following verse from the Rigveda Book 8, hymn 1, verse 1 refer to the Unity and Glory of the Supreme Being:
      “Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayo ma rishanyata”
      “O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone.”
      [Rigveda 8:1:1]10
      “Devasya samituk parishtutih”
      “Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator.”
      [Rigveda 5:1:81]11
      Brahma Sutra of Hinduism:
      The Brahma Sutra of Hinduism is:
      “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan”
      “There is only one God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit.”
      Thus only a dispassionate study of the Hindu scriptures can help one understand the concept of God in Hinduism. “”””””””
      IF YOU DONT KNOW WHOME TO WOSHIP AND BOW DOWN ,THEN WHAT IS THE USE OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
      I AM NOT A PRACTICING MUSLIM BUT ATLEAST I CAN DIFFERENTIATE WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG

      ALLAH TUMHEIN BURAYI SE BACHAYE

      • Dear Jameel,
        Thanks for sharing knowledge about hinduism. However, I am already aware about it.

        I know that according to hinduism, there is only one god. However, there is a fundamental difference between Islam & Hindu religion i.e. Islam believes god is one & god has created this world & god does not belong to material world. On other side hindus believe that god is one but god is everywhere i.e. he is present is spiritual world as well as he is present in every living entity.
        When hindus worship idol, we do not worship an idol but we worship the presence of super soul inside it. I suggest you to read Bhadvat geeta chapter 2 where lord Krishna has explained existence of super soul in every living entity.
        Bhagwat geeta does not restrict to worship demigods however it says that it is desirable to worship lord krishna & even though you worship demigods, finally this worship goes to lord Krishana only because super soul is present in every demigod as well & human beings. And I think this theory of god is more sensible than the God theory in Islam.
        I found Islam’s definition of God as very primary which does not answer most of the questions.
        For example:
        1) According to Islam, what happens when a human being die?
        2) Do you consider human body as only material body?
        3) Why every human being takes birth with different fate? Why somebody takes birth in rich family or somebody in poor family. Why somebody is in born handicap & why somebody is good in singing? Can you answer such questions in Islamic context?

    • The Government is concerned about the triple talaq.Why government /court set free Muzaffarnagar and Gujrat rapists who mercilessly raped Muslim girls. Why the Government is not concerned about the honor of these Muslim women who were raped by Sanghi terrorists. Why justice was not done to Muislim women of Muzaffarnagar and Gujrat. Why Khattar said that the rape of Muslim Girls was a trivial issue.
      First hang Sanghi rapists, we’ll definitely act on triple talaq issue. Why you leftist supporting BJPs hidden agenda on Common Civil Code. Why do Gujrat, Hishipura and Muzaffarnagar victims can’t get justice. The reason is that you shed crocodile tears. without acting and forcing the government to do justice to the Muslim women raped by Sanghis. You only condemn Sanghi terrorism but Muslim women long for justice because of hypocrisy of Muslim Leaders and leftists. Can you act and raise effective voice for Mewat,Muzaffarnagar rape victims before imposing RSS’s Common Civil(Hindu) Code.

      Common Civil Code is an issue to further marginalise Muslim. Shame on Leftists who before election promised not to interfere in Muslims Religious affair and after using Muslims as vote bank now openly supporting Sanghis on Common Civil Code

    • First thing there is no concept of divorce in Hindus relgion, and when you dont have any knowledge about islam just be silent okay, regarding tripple talqa , either marriage or divorce both men and womens are equal , even more than mens , right in islam a man can divorce and the same its called qhual which a Muslim women can take form here husband but yet in practice this will not stop here both the party’s in both the case approach the eagle system and get it registered in both cases may be marriage or divorce so whats wrong ??? we are bout to our religion and to the law of the land what the problem , in fact it more Hinduism which dont give equal right to women’s like right to property or sathi etc so on , When you speak about hijab before that have a look on ur sitaa goddess dose not she cover her head in every photo of her ?? did not mother marry cover her head did not mother terrisa covered her head ?? did not the jews cover their heads ?? that may be the other case you can not feast on lust . but we muslims love them respect them . precious gems cant be left for exhibition it has only restricted viewers , in the name of development we cant sell our gems , where just exploitation of her body & soul done .

      • Hinduism is a very old religion. We hindus have made changes whenever required & hence hindu is known as peaceful religion all over the world.
        Sati pratha was their in hindu society but now it is not followed anywhere.. so lets not to talk about it. Lets compare what is being followed by hindus with muslims. Hindu women have equal rights to give divorce to her husband.. also women get share in the property & hence present hindu marriage in based upon equality.
        The problem is muslims is they are still living in stone age & following triple talaq practice. You said that muslim woman also give talaq but the real fact is she has to prove that her husband is impotent or few other proofs. on the other side muslim husband says triple talaq without giving any reason & they talaq is considered valid. We are exactly against it.
        No about Hijab. Hijab is a social backwardness. Few hindu women also wear hijab but that won’t change the truth. Even though mother Sita used to cover her hairs but we do not support such practices in 21st century. Keep in your mind.. the religion that does not change as per time.. gets abolished & same is happening with Islam.
        Hope you will improve!!

  2. Secular Hindu, where from you acquired your knowledge of Islam? And where from you got the empirical data that suggests in Hindus society most separations are ‘initiated by women’ ?

    Come out of your self created cage and do some back ground check before you utter something.

    The fact is this that the Muslim Women too in Islam have equal right of initiating separation and it is called Qula. The word ‘talaq’ is made so popular to blaspheme Islam that people only know about the word talaq and not qula. Triple talaq has also been so widely falsely propagated that people without thorough knowledge of it believe that if you pronounce talaq three times then it is end of the world for the woman. But such a thing does not exist in Islam or Muslim society, and there is no acceptance of any such thing in Islam.

    A woman in Islam can easily initiate separation through Qula, they are using this right in equal terms as of men.

    Do you have any proof to back your claim that in Hinduism most of the separations are initiated by women?

  3. I read your scholarly written article. Indian Express revealed less and concealed more. Mr. Agwan has rightly rebutted that article. Statistical data & study reports referred in the article are bound to change readers viewd on the issue.

  4. Many points i even was not aware good article. I know many hindu girls who are abused daily basis due to less dowry, there is tradition in hindus to marry one girl to multiple boys, that is also not accounted here.

    • @kaisar,..r u fucking idiot ,or r u taking 4rm ur ass whole,.if dat shut ur asswhole idiot,..anything u r use 2 comment,no woman is married wid 2 gys at 1 tym .go through d history lol

  5. arushi do u know that polyandry is practiced in some parts of punjab & jaunsar area of uttarakhand.they call themselves successors of pandavas. u can check it on the net.the law commission questions also include polyandry.

  6. Secular Hindu/Miss Arushi,
    The issue u r highlighting is a matter directly associated with
    the religious practice of a sect who practises as per their scriptures and for ur kind information it is protected by the Indian Constitution in the section:Fundamental Rights & Directive principles.Guys why are u poking ur nose into other’s affaires.u try and check ur practises.one thing you need is to study scriptures of all sects with minute attention & detail.u will understand everything.u will find d answer when u look inside ur self.don’t disturb anybody’s peace becoz u have no right to break peace of mind.
    Thanks.

  7. Dear Secular Hindu/Arushi,
    The issue u have presented is practised by a sect who has been given the right to practise as per their scriptures and is protected in the most revered section of the Indian constitution.so u dont possess the right to disturb & perish the peace of that sect.what u need is to study authentic versions of scriptures of ur own & other’s.that can guide u to find the answers.and u need to read and think liberally on a topic.u can ask for explanation but not to put blasphemous comment on it.that would be good for u.read more and with analytical outlook but not to find fault.u will benefit then.
    With Thanks.

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