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It is the year 2020 and the Taliban, having accomplished their dream of ‘invading’ India, are now focusing on ‘cleansing’ the country of all social ills, especially those related to crimes against women. So, the Taliban chief (TC), Mullah Rocketti, calls his ‘Moral Brigade’ chief (MBC) to hatch a plan for realizing this objective:
TC: MBC, it is time to check the waywardness of the people and implement the Taliban way of life in what Indians fondly refer to as Bharat.
MBC: Sir, the ‘Moral Brigade’ is ready.
TC: Good! Let us first take the issue of crimes against women. Since we men can do no wrong unless tempted, I feel that we issue a ‘fatwa’ ordering the women not to ‘provoke’ men and thus ‘force’ them to indulge in immorality.
MBC: That’s right, but I suggest that since we have always been accused by the international community of arbitrarily enforcing our ‘code of conduct’ and are new to this country, we get a civil society member to guide us. Of course, the final decision will be ours!
(TC agrees and a distinguished civil society member (CSM) is promptly produced before them. After being untied and his blindfold removed, the rattled CSM is put at ease by the MBC who informs him that there is nothing to worry, as this is the normal manner in which the Taliban summon people to their headquarters.
MBC: Our TC wants to rid your abominable society of all its social ills, (he tells the CSM) and we want your help. Be free to talk but remember, we consider any argument based on logic, justice or humanity sacrilegious. Now, let’s get to the point. We first want to address the issue of rape. I think that women should be banned from wearing revealing dresses and we want to issue a ‘fatwa’ on the same.
CSM: Sir, please don’t mind, but this ‘fatwa’ is already in force. Issued by T Tiagarajan, the Puducherry Education Minister, it makes it compulsory for all girls to wear overcoats so that ‘men won’t be driven mad with lust’. Though this ‘fatwa’ has many variations, but in essence, all are the same. For example, in Rajasthan, the ‘fatwa’ of Banwari Lal Singhal, a MLA of the BJP is in force by which skirts have been replaced by trousers or salwar-kameez “to keep girl students away from men’s lustful gazes.”
TC: This is interesting. (Turning to MBC) No ‘fatwa’ on dress code is required. But let’s examine other aggravating factors which provoke us God fearing males to commit rape.
MBC: Sir, after our extensive research in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I have compiled a list. The first reason for decline in moral values is co-education. We could issue a ‘fatwa’ banning co-education. Yes Mister CSM, what do you say?
CSM: Sir, I’m sorry but this ‘fatwa’ already exits. The Hurriyat (G) chairman SAS Geelani’s ‘fatwa’ banning co-education is explicit and based on a very scientific observation that “young boys and girls sitting next to each other in a co-education system is akin to keeping fire and hay together. No one can save the hay from burning.” Abu Asim Azmi, State President of the Maharashtra Samajwadi Party too has echoed Geelani’s keen observation by stating, “If you keep petrol and fire then it will burn”. This ‘fatwa’ also has the support of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief Moulana Jalaluddin Umri, who is also convinced that “the problem (crimes against women) starts with co-education.”
TC: OK, since this co-education problem has already been more than taken care of, let us examine other related issues.
MBC: Next we have the use of mobile phones by women which exacerbating social degeneration. Yes CSM, I’m sure we can issue a ‘fatwa’ banning cell phones.
CSM: Sir, I’m afraid not. You see the ‘fatwa’ banning women from using cell phones has already been issued. The brainchild of the venerable Hurriyat (G) chairman SAS Geelani, this ‘fatwa’ states that all mobile phones in Kashmir must be thrown into the Jhelum. But this ‘fatwa’ is not restricted to Kashmir alone. Elsewhere in India, we have similar ‘fatwas’. For example in Uttar Pradesh we have the BSP member of Parliament Rajpal Saini’s ‘fatwa’ based on his deep insight and meticulous analysis of the question “Why do housewives and school going girls need mobiles?”. Mr. Saini postulates that it encourages them to make futile small talk and get connected with people outside their homes.” In Rajasthan too, we have The Anjuman Muslim Panchayat’s ‘fatwa’ that girls should not use mobile phones outside their own homes so that “they do not get involved with boys.”
TC: It looks like the Indians have already beaten us at our own game and we will look like fools for coming all the way to India for cleansing the society of its present ills and then not even issuing a single ‘fatwa’. This cannot be allowed; so MBC, you’d better think of something!
MBC: Sir, I think we can invoke a ‘fatwa’ banning women from taking up jobs and working outside. Any problems CSM?
CSM: Sir, we already have the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s ‘fatwa’ on this by which no women can work since, “A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs.”
TC: I find that the Indians have not left us with anything we can issue a ‘fatwa’ against. MBC, our reputation as the dreaded Taliban is at stake if we fail to pass some ‘fatwa’ while on Indian soil. So, can’t you think of something?
MBC: Sir, I got it- we could pass a ‘fatwa’ banning the eating certain kinds of food. Surely, the Indians would not have thought of something as absurd as this. Am I right CSM?
CSM: No Sir, I’am afraid that a ‘fatwa’ to this effect already exists and is named after its originator, the Haryana Khap Panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar, as a mark of respect for his profound knowledge of how dietary habits influence the human mind. This ‘fatwa’ states that, “consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents (Rapes). Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.”
TC: Then we must issue a ‘fatwa’ against sex education. If people are kept ignorant about sex, they will obviously not know that a phenomenon like rape even exists.
CSM: Sir, thanks to the revelation of the enlightened Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh that “countries with sex education in their curriculum have experienced an increased in crimes against women,” a ‘fatwa’ banning sex education is already in vogue.
TC: Can we find a way out by issuing a ‘fatwa’ that uses emotional or religious sentiments to prevent rape?
CSM: Sir, I’m afraid not. The great God man Asaram Bapu has already done that. His ‘fatwa’ invoked after the Delhi bus rape case of 2012 requires all women about to be gang raped to first take God’s name, then hold the hand of one of the assailants and plead ‘I consider you as my brother’, and thereafter say to the others ‘Brother I am helpless, you are all (by faith and conscience) my brothers.’ The Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Vijayvargiya’s ‘fatwa’ warns women to stay within limits and drawing inspiration from the Ramayana states, “Only when Sitaji crossed the ‘Lakshman rekha’, she was kidnapped by Ravan. If Sitaji (woman) crosses the Lakshman rekha, then “Sitaharan” (crime against women) is bound to take place as Ravans (villains) are out there.”
TC: Now this is irritating. So before we decide on which ‘fatwa’ to pass, tell me if there are any more ‘fatwas’ regarding rape in India?
CSM: Yes sir. We have many ‘fatwas’ and some of these are:
TC: With incidents of rape spiraling in your Bharat, surely we can think of some ‘fatwa’ that will arrest this disturbing trend?
CSM: Sir, perhaps you don’t know that our enlightened RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat has made a path-breaking discovery that rapes occur only in India and not in Bharat. Therefore, since we are in Bharat, we actually require no ‘fatwas’ on rape here and the ones I mentioned so far are those which are in force in India!
TC: MBC, I think, that like Columbus, we too have reached the wrong place and I have also realised that Shakespeare was absolutely wrong when he said, “What’s there in a name?” Anyway, having heard the CSM, I see no point in going to India since some sections of its polity is already infected with a virulent strain of the Taliban ideology and staying on in India is bound to give our men a severe inferiority complex. So we’d better leave immediately. However, please issue a ‘fatwa’ right away- no, not for the Indians, they are already overburdened by them, but for our own men and women folk that anyone found eating chowmein will be summarily executed!