Dr.Afroza Khatun is a Professor in
Kolkata's Surendranath College for Women . In this exclusive interview with VOA
Bangla Service she talks about Socio-Economic standing of Muslim Women in
India, specially the Muslim Women of
She says that because of Islamic
Law for women in India , Indian Muslim
Women do not come within the purview of the Indian Constitution which grants a
lot of rights to Women . Indian Hindu women, on the other hand, have been able
to reap the fruits of the rights guaranteed in the Indian Constitution. She says that it is a shame that Muslim women
are subject to Divorce, Polygamy , "
Hilla Marriage" and those Muslim Personal Laws which are quite contradictory to
the Indian Law.
Professor Afroza Khatun says that
unlike the Indian law, Muslim family law is not written and although
theoretically and ethically they seem
correct , people who misuse the delivery of justice based on this purely
unwritten ethics , are never brought to justice. So practically Muslim Women
are denied the rights under the Indian Law. She says that in education and as
such in empowerment, women in the Indian state of West Bengal lack behind. She
suggests the ways to come out of this bottleneck.