In last two months, several earthquakes jolted various parts of Nepal, China, India, Indonesia and Japan. Nepal was badly hit by earthquake that claimed thousands of lives. Several aftershocks also rattled the Kingdom nation and other South Asian countries. While scientists were looking to find the answers for the cause of sudden earthquakes, a religious leader from Pakistan has pinned the blame on women wearing jeans for causing the natural disaster.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that women wearing jeans for problems like inflation and earthquake. Maulana Rehman asked the Pakistani armed forces to launch a military operation against “jeans-wearing women” across the country. The religious leader also defended the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terror organization and said that army should stop attacking TTP.
“The Taliban are our brothers and their angst against the state is justified,” Maulana Fazl said adding that, “and so there is a need to earmark and eliminate the real enemy of Pakistan: every woman who wears jeans.” (Also read: Uttar Pradesh Khap Panchayat bans jeans and mobile for girls to ‘curb’ eve-teasing)
If we go with the words of Maulana Fazal then banning jeans for women will save us from earthquake and inflation. Will he bother to explain that how women wearing jeans can bring economic crisis? Will he bother to explain how women wearing jeans can cause earthquake? Is there any logic behind his farcical statement? Will he bother to explain what caused earthquakes before jeans were invented? Perhaps if his parents had educated him, he would have developed some sense to not utter such illogical reasons.
In India too, communities like the Khaps have banned women from wearing jeans and carrying mobile phones. This type of moral policing in the name of religion or tradition is nothing but an indirect way for men to assert their dominance over women. Is it only women’s responsibility to follow the society’s traditions? If jeans are the cause of a natural disaster, then why are boys are allowed to wear it?