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Controversy surrounding mosque near Ground Zero

Controversy surrounding mosque near Ground Zero

There is a building two blocks from ground zero which has become a matter of controversy in the news media in recent days. This five story building formerly housed a department store which closed after the damage on September 11th 2001. The Muslim –run real estate company Soho Properties purchased the property in July 2009 for $4.85 million dollars and is planning to develop into a 13- story building costing $ 100 million to be named, “Cordoba House.” It will contain tremendous amount of resources that otherwise would not exist in lower Manhattan; a 500-seat auditorium, swimming pool, art exhibition space, bookstore, restaurant. All these services would form a cultural nexus for a region of New York City that, as it continues to grow, requires the sort of hub that Cordoba House will provide. Due to presence of the mosque on the last floor of this building, it has become a target of attack by Islamophobic individuals which has generated enormous amount of News media coverage.

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This project is a brain child of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and Cordoba Initiative. Cordoba Initiative alone is an Islamic organization that aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition, respect and away from heightened tension.

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This proposed project is about promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion through arts and culture. Cordoba House will provide a place where individuals, regardless of their background, will find a center of learning, art and culture: and most importantly, a center guided by Islamic value in their truest form-compassion, generosity, and respect for all.

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Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, CEO of Cordoba Initiative and Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York city Mosque for 25 years, author of three Islamic books commented that “The closest Mosque to this area is a dozen blocks away and very overcrowded but this site was also chosen for exactly what happened here on 9/11 and what America stands for. Definitely, this is a victory of American Tolerance over hatred.” There are about one million Muslims living in the metro New York area of which 1000-2000 work within a few blocks of this building. They have been praying in the make shift unit since purchase of the building.

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The preliminary plan for the project was unveiled publicly in front of finance committee of the local community board. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is among many political and religious leaders who support Cordoba House. He was present where members voted 29 to 1 in favor of the project. He also commented, “These are haters. These are people from the Tea Party who attacked me and others individuals and tried to make this about bigotry and hatred.” Stringer referred to the disparaging comments made by a body of the right wing Tea Party movement, Mark Williams, who has called Cordoba House, “A monument to 9/11 attackers to worship the terrorist’s monkey-god”. Because of this and other racially charged comment about African-Americans, he has been stripped of his membership in the Tea Party Movement.

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This project has support of many Christians, Jews, and Politicians but has also generated passion and anger by the other side. Islamophobia is rampant on the internet. Page after page is full of negative comment on Islam and Muslims. People, who are opposed to this project, forget that more than 200 Muslims also died at ground zero. While most of republican are against this project, democrats including NY Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo and NY Mayor have supported this project.

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Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said the following in recent radio address: If somebody wants to build a religious house of worship, they should do it and we shouldn’t be in the business of picking which religions can and which religion can’t. I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try to on that piece of property build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming. And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it too.”

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Juan Cole, a blogger wrote “Forbidding the building of a mosque in New York is inconsistent with the ideals of the Founding Generation of the United States of America who explicitly mentioned Islam among the cases when they spoke of religious freedom.

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These kinds of hysterical reactions have not been uncommon throughout the US. At many places Muslims have curtailed or abandoned their mosque building efforts because of opposition by the local residents. At other places however, they have fought and succeeded. Much of credit for these victories also goes to moderate mainstream Americans who are generally fair minded and have been supportive and friendly.

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A 2006 USA Today/gallop poll found that 44 percent Americans think that Muslims are too extreme in their religious belief, while 22 percent said they would not want a Muslim as a neighbor. There is a lot of misunderstanding about our belief and practices as well as this project and what it represents. Due to misinformation, many people think that Mosque will be built exactly on Ground Zero. While in reality it only occupies one floor of the 13 story building which is devoted to worship to meet the need of the people working in the area. This entire 13- story building is not a Mosque.

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We must point out clearly the differences between Muslim extremism and mainstream Islam. It is important to point out that Muslims themselves are the biggest victim of Muslim extremism as can be seen in civilian death toll everyday in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. We also have to do a better job of educating our population about these differences. Promotion of main stream Islam which emphasizes mutual understanding and wants to bridge gap between east and west can be a neutralizing force to extremism.

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Source : http://www.twocircles.net/2010jul27/controversy_surrounding_mosque_near_ground_zero.html

p.s : Hello everybody..Hope you all are doing fine..Take care… 🙂

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The art of preserving religion by chopping hands of a sicko..

A private college lecturer, out on bail after being arrested for preparing an alleged inflammatory question paper that had triggered protests by Muslims, was attacked and his right palm severed by unidentified persons at Muvattupuzha in the district today, police said.

The lecturer, T J Joseph, was dragged out of his car and hacked with sharp weapons by the assailants while he was returning from a church along with his family, including his sister and mother. His right palm was severed while he suffered cut injuries in his left leg, they said.

A statement from groups including the All India Milli Council and All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat described the attack as un-Islamic. “We find that the attack on the Kerala lecturer is against the basic tenets of Islam and the Sunnah of the Prophet which emphasis on forgiveness. Islam explicitly forbids taking law and order into one’s hands in the presence of competent authorities to deal with an issue. We hope that law will take its due course to punish the criminals who attacked the professor. They have clearly sinned and defamed Islam by committing this crime which we condemn without reservations.” Read more :

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I had a post when this incident happened two months ago.

Anybody interested to know what was the small mistake the so-called professor did?

Use Punctuation:

Muhammed : “God ,God”.. ( literally ‘padachone padachone’,a term used by muslims to call Allah)

God: ”   What is it you son of a bitch”

Muhammed: “God,How many pieces do we get from a cut mackerel”

God : “Dog,how many times have I told you that it is three”

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I pity those people ,those so-called  guardians of Prophet,for they think that Allah’s messenger is as silly or as weak as a yellow leaf,which is awaiting to merge with earth,upon a breeze..Forget the rant of media that this man is a so-called professor ,for I have never heard or seen of real teachers who use obsence language in test-papers.He is not even worth to be protested against,for his sole intention seems to be TRP and thus easy fame. Though I don’t feel sorry for his hand ,I am ashamed of your evil barbaric act. Afterall this man has just spoke dirty words..Go straighten your own men who kill others all in the name of religion and then set out to straighten others. I don’t have anything to say,except a hadith to those people who did it,all in the name of the Prophet you claim to love and support..
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Everyday, before the Prophet  left his house to go to the Kabah, an elderly  jewish woman would throw trash in front of the path of the Prophe out of disrespect and because she didn’t like the message that the Prophet was preaching.
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One day, the Prophet  was leaving his house and he didn’t notice any garbage in his path and so he thought that maybe the old lady was sick, and that is why she was unable to throw her garbage this particular day, and so he went and visited her.
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When this elderly lady first saw the Prophet  , she was scared, because she knew what she had been doing.
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She asked why he had come. The Prophet  responded by saying that he knew that everyday she would throw garbage in his path, and today he didn’t find any garbage in his path, so he thought she might’ve been sick and that’s why he came to visit her.
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This response of the Prophet  softened the heart of this non-muslim lady and she was convinced that the Prophet  is truly a messenger of Allah, and she uttered the shahadah.[……]
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And a final word to my dear readers..Is this incident a politically or otherwise a  religiously motivated and executed one? I strongly believe that it is more of a poltiical act than a religious one..

Expecting the wife or her guardian to provide the dowry or accommodation is a custom that is contrary to sharee‘ah

A fatwa,issued from the supreme council of Islam,Saudi Arabia..

Question :

Its been a customary practice in my locality that during the time of marriage the girls parents build a house for their daughter and that both couples may live in that house.But in future if any problem occurs between husband and wife then the wife could still have her house while the male has no right to claim the house.This system was made lawful in my place to give security for females.

Now that am going to be engaged my Dad said that the fiancee’s family haven’t built a house yet.And dad fears that the fiancee’s parents haven’t come up with good security even for their daughter and he fears in future I might not get a good security from them as well.And dad said he will ask them for the house for both(me and fiancee) to live in.

I said since it is the husband who should give security to his spouse then it is not necessary for the fiancee’s parents to build the house.But i also said if they build it without our own demand let us take it and i said that after reading the following verse of the quran from surah Nisa 004.004 And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, Take it and enjoy it with right good cheer.

But in my situation I fear falling into dowry.Please sheikh kindly clear this doubt.Under the circumstance i have said is it right of my father to ask the fiancee’s parents to build the house for the girl so that we both can live in it?

Please reply shiekh for a long time i haven’t got any reply from u. But Allah knows hw busy u are.But please take some time to clear this for me.

Answer(Fatwa) :

Praise be to Allaah.

The dowry (mahr) is a right that the wife has over her husband, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm (as Allaah has made it lawful)”

[al-Nisa’ 4:4].

Al-Tabari (may Allah have mercy on him) said: What Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, meant by that is: Give the women their dowries as a gift that is required and obligatory.

And he said: It was narrated that Qataadah said, concerning the words “And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart”: As an obligation. And it was narrated that Ibn Jurayj said concerning the words “And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart”: As an obligation that is named (specified). And it was narrated that Ibn Zayd said concerning the words “And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart”: al-nihlah (translated here as “with a good heart”, in the language of the Arabs, refers to something that is obligatory.

End quote from Tafseer al-Tabari, 4/241.

So it is not permissible to force the wife or her guardian to provide it, but if the wife takes it and then gives some of it to her husband or gives some of her wealth to him, it is permissible to her to do that, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm (as Allaah has made it lawful)”[al-Nisa’ 4:4].

Accommodation is also a right that the wife has over her husband, so he is obliged to provide her with separate accommodation according to his ability; that is part of the maintenance that he is obliged to provide. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Lodge them (divorced women) where you dwell, according to your means” [al-Talaaq 65:6]. If this applies in the case of a woman who is divorced, then providing accommodation for a woman who is still married is more appropriate. Moreover, Allah has enjoined kind treatment between spouses, as stated above. Part of the kind treatment that is enjoined is providing her with accommodation in which she and her wealth will be safe. The wife cannot do without accommodation in order to conceal her from people looking at her and so that she can settle down with her belongings. Hence accommodation is a right that she has over her husband.

The same may be said about accommodation as may be said about the dowry: it is not permissible to force the wife or her guardian to provide it.

Based on that, if the wife does not give accommodation, there is no room for demanding it from her. You should explain that to your father and not go along with the custom that is contrary to sharee‘ah. Allah has made the man the protector and maintainer of the woman, and one of the reasons for that is that he spends on her.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means” [al-Nisa’ 4:34].

See also the answer to question no. 45527.

And Allah knows best.

Source :  http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/145619

@ Indian Muslims,shame on you…I am 99.9% sure that even the suprememost Muftis and so-called champions of Islam was,is and will be religiously following the evil of dowry,all in the holy name of culture..But when it comes to other areas,like following culture as to chooce women’s attire,they turn away their face against  the very same culture..Then they are bothered about living in India,but following Saudi’s black gown.But for dowry,they are happy and do insisit on living in India and not following Saudi’s (muslims world’s in general) custom of not taking (grabbing) dowry,but instead give meher to wife.

I used to wonder watching the difference between Indian muslims and Arabian muslims(whome I have interacted with closely) ,in their attitude towards born girls and boys..For them, boys means expenditure and girls means revenue…

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Moi organic vegetable garden ….

Gardening,vegetable gardening is the best way to spent your free time,in a productive way..Its not just my sole effort,the whole family,moi  father,mother,husband,sister,brother,maid,everybody contridutes in their own way..Another picture post on flower garden coming up shortkly 🙂

Please do not copy my pictures…

‘Terrorist dry run test on Kingfisher” and the art of turning a ‘Muslim-explosive’ to a ‘Nair-crude stuff’

Some news,as and when they happened…

Suspected explosive found on Kingfisher flight

Thiruvananthapuram, March 21 (IANS) A security alert was sounded at the airport here Sunday morning after a suspected explosive was found in the cargo compartment of a Kingfisher flight that arrived from Bangalore, police said.[More...]

Kingfisher plane explosives: Police still clueless

22 Mar 2010, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after a cocktail of explosives was found in the cargo section of a Kingfisher plane in Thiruvananthapuram, police on Monday were still clueless as to how it reached the aircraft despite multi-layered security checks.Kerala Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose said the probe is on but there has been no breakthrough yet.[More…]

(image embedded to indicate the start,speedy start, of THEORIES- Muslim Theories)

Was Kingfisher bomb a dry run of Indian Mujahideen?

By R Shankar, India Syndicate, 22/03/2010

Bangalore: The small amount of a cocktail of `harmless’ explosives found in the cargo section of a Kingfisher flight after it landed in Thiruvananthapuram from Bangalore on Sunday has thrown open the possibility of this being a dry run by one of the sleeper cells of the Indian Mujahideen based either in Bangalore or Kerala.

The smuggling of the explosives could have been used to test the possibility of planting a bigger consignment at a later date – either on the same sector or elsewhere. Such test runs are commonly done by the sleeper cells of the IM backed by the Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT).

It may be recalled that Abdul Latif Rashid alias Guddu (29) and Riyaz Imtiaz Ali alias Rehan (22) who were picked up by the Mumbai police last week had managed to make entry points into the ONGC building through `contacts’. The had planned to trigger a fire at the ONGC tanks in Bandra and spread panic in Mangaldas Market in South Mumbai and Thakkar Mall in Borivali.

Such contacts may have been `cultivated’ in the present Kingfisher case too considering the fact that the explosive packet managed to find its way to the high security cargo hold. This at a time when the Bangalore International Airport is on high alert following an intelligence missive recently.

The needle of suspicion is now on the loaders and the incharge of the cargo hold in Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. Did the IM cultivate an entry point in Bangalore or Thiruvananthapuram? It looks like the IM or one of the sleeper cells has been able to cut through the high security ring. That begs the question: How come the explosives managed to go through the mandatory security checks for cargo handlers. Was it planted along with some other cargo material? Since there were no cells or detonators devices, it could have slipped through other cargo pieces.[More…]

Bomb in flight: No clarity, only theories about Kingfisher whodunnit

MK Madhusoodan / PTIMonday, March 22, 201

Bangalore: The day after an explosive was found on board a Kingfisher flight, there was little clarity on what had happened and who was responsible. While the investigation team was grappling for answers, what emerged were theories.

Among those was this: The planting of the crude bomb on Kingfisher flight IT-4731 from Bangalore to Thiruvanathapuram was an attempt to hijack the flight.The theory suggests a Kandahar-type hijack to force the release of Indian Mujahideen extremists in Kerala jails. “The theory has gained strength as the bomb was found next to the food and beverages galley in the rear of the aircraft. The luggage in this type of aircraft (ATR) is usually next to the cockpit and accessibility is limited to those performing loading and unloading duties,” a senior intelligence bureau officer said.

“The placement of the bomb next to food trays reveals someone was assigned to threaten the crew to divert the flight to a safer place outside the country, to bargain for the release of some of the elements jailed in Kerala.” Security officials said that even caterers would be questioned.

“The hijack could not take place as it looks like an attempt made in a hurry. There was no detonator and this indicates that someone wanted to retrieve the crude bomb and hold it in the hand to threaten the crew and the airport authorities,” an official said.

The agencies looking into security lapses said that there had been warnings about such an attempt a month ago. “But nobody seems to have taken it seriously. The flight had come from Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday night and it berthed at the Bangalore airport. It then flew back on Sunday morning. The bomb may have been placed on the flight on Saturday”.

The suspects could not catch the flight for various reasons. The details of their plan will only emerged after we lay our hands on the suspects that includes the catering staff,” officers in the investigating team said.

Thiruvananthapuram police commissioner MR Ajith Kumar is believed to have got crucial details about the ‘country-made’ bomb similar to those used in the Bangalore serial blasts in July 2008 and other bomb blasts in Kerala. “It is clear from the composition of the bomb, and the way it was wrapped in a Malayalam newspaper and a question paper of a public examination conducted by the Kerala government that it was made in Kerala.[More…]

No breakthrough in Kingfisher explosive case

March 23rd, 2010 Thiruvananthapuram, March 23 (IANS) Police are yet to determine who placed a crude explosive on board a Kingfisher flight from Bangalore to Thiruvananthapuram two days ago, police said Tuesday.

“Investigations are on and we are yet to make any breakthrough,” Kerala Inspector General of Police A. Hemachandran told IANS.He denied speculation that two people had been detained. “No one has been arrested… The media is going overboard.” [More…]

Explosives on flight: Was it just a dry run?

TNN, Mar 23, 2010 BANGALORE/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The probe into the recovery of explosive from the cargo hold of a Kingfisher Airlines flight at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Sunday morning made little headway apart from focusing on the possible role of the groundstaff at both Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram airports.

Intelligence officials believe that it could have been a dry run by some extremist outfit planning a major operation. Officers from IB, RAW and CISF held meetings with Kerala police.

The explosive — containing a sulphur mixture — could have been triggered by heat. That it was kept near an air-conditioned supplementary galley has led some investigators to believe it could have been a dry run.[More…]

‘I know who planted the bomb on Kingfisher flight’

Thursday, 25 March 2010 Bengaluru, March 25: A mysterious caller has been nagging the harried airport police and claiming to have information of the people who planted a crude bomb in the Kingfisher aircraft on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (north east) Basavraj Malagatti received a phone call from a Mohan from Mumbai. He claimed that he has filmed the people who had kept explosives in the aircraft.

Malagatii said that the caller informed him that he has converted the recording into a CD and would give it to him if he gets suitably rewarded.[More…]

Kingfisher bomb case: Action likely against CISF

Anti-hijack Act may be invoked

Regional Deputy Commissioner of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) Nambi and CISF Director General N R Das were also conducting internal enquiries into the incident that had national and even international ramifications.

The city police had also quizzed several CISF personnel in connection with the incident. The chances of invoking provisions of Anti-hijacking Act against those responsible for planting the explosives could not be even ruled out, said sources.[More…]

And finally,read ‘SADLY’,

Kingfisher bomb case solved: Police

March 28: Police arrested the cleaning supervisor of a private firm, handling cargo in the airport here for planting a crude bomb on a Kingfisher flight last Sunday.

The cleaning supervisor, Rajasekharan Nair, a native of Nedumangad and a former CISF employee, had reportedly planted the crude bomb in the cargo hold of the aircraft which arrived from Bengaluru because of his personal animosity towards a security official.

Interestingly, it was Nair himself who alerted CISF officials and other security staff that a bomb had been detected in the cargo hold. He apparently believed that the security official he hated would face action for this.

Police sources said that Nair did not seem to have any terror links and was motivated solely by spite. “We have learnt that he served in the CISF for several years before taking voluntary retirement and joining a private agency,” said Inspector General, Mr Hemachandran, who coordinated the probe into the incident.

Nair, who is also the head of a temple committee, had apparently bought the crackers in connection with temple festivities. Though the cracker he deposited in the hold had to be lit to explode, it could also have gone off under high pressure and caused a huge disaster.[More..]

Relatedly,

Three held for sending SMS alert in Kochi

March 14th, 2010 Kochi, March 14 (IANS) Three college students were arrested Sunday for circulating an SMS asking friends and relatives to be careful while venturing out in the city, police said.

“There have been newspaper reports about an intelligence alert to be maintained in the city here and these youths said that they just sent an SMS to their friends and relatives to be careful about a possible bomb blast. So far, our inquiries have revealed that they did not have any other intention. No case will be registered against them,” Kochi Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham told IANS.[More..]

Kerala town tense after a controversial question paper

26 Mar 2010 Thodupuzha (Kerala) The question paper of second year B.Com degree Malayalam course at the Newman College here allegedly had references to the Prophet that the Muslim organisations termed as “misleading and inflammatory[More..]

Teacher held for inflammatory question paper

State Education Minister M.A.Baby said he has instructed Idukki district administration to register a criminal case against the teacher who prepared the question paper.

“The investigation will reveal if it was an error on the part of the teacher or if there was a conspiracy behind it,” he said[More…]

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Would it have remained the same,would all these news have ended the same way ,if it was some Sarafudhin or Siddique,instead of Rajashekharan Nair ,who planted the bomb,say ,for the same PERSONAL reasons ?

Would it have remained the same if the three students who sent fake SMS has muslim names?

Would it have remained the same if it was some Harris or Basheer who wrote that derogatory question paper,say, by MISTAKE ?

Anybody interested to know what was the small mistake the so-called professor did?

Use Punctuation:

Muhammed : “God ,God”.. ( literally ‘padachone padachone’,a term used by muslims to call Allah)

God: ”   What is it you son of a bitch”

Muhammed: “God,How many pieces do we get from a cut mackerel”

God : “Dog,how many times have I told you that it is three”

Is it okay for you if the same conversation was written as between Krishna and Brahma,or between Jesus and Holy Spirit?

Forget being religious,I believe that more conversations,more proper ones, are easily available to be used in a graduate course question paper.. Maybe I am wrong..

Invading the exposed privacy..

What did I say now?

Last evening,way back from my college,while in local bus,I saw a lady,a working lady , entering the bus and standing in a horizontal position,such that,some of her body parts,to be precise,her side view,was being watched over by looooot of men sitting and standing behind. some of them were laughing,some of the were staring and some of them grinning. I felt bad and ashamed.Why? I don’t know..Afterall,she is a fellow women.But there was nothing that I could do. Can I tell her ” Hello madam,please keep your body parts covered,people are raping you with their eyes”. I didn’t say that,because I had no wish to get a slap.

Today evening,incidentally,the very same bus,the very same time,the very same lady,the very same stop and very same saree and yes,very same side view,and finally,the very same looks when I turned back. I wanted to say something,but to whom? To the lady,to stand ‘properly’ ?Or to those men,to eyes their eyes closed? What if one of them took a photo and posted it in one of those infinite masala sites out there? Who is responsible? The lady ,for not taking care? Or the man, who just took a snap of what was publicly displayed in front of him?

I asked these questions to a dear and near one of mine.He/she said,” Obviously,the lady is not responsible”

Me :How? she was unaware.She just stood her own way.

He/she :Fine,it is her freedom of expression and the guy sitting in the back is exercising his freedom of expression.Do you have a problem with that?

Me : 🙄

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Edited to add :Somebody tells me that this post is dumb and silly and is borne out of my boredom and lack of ability to post something good. I don’t think so.This is as issue I deal with,every day,every other moment.. I see guys looking at women’s here and there,while in class,while on road,while in bus,everywhere..So,how is this a dumb matter,well,it is not so atleast for me.