Jamia Millia Islamia students protest against fashion show

The students of Jamia Millia Islamia claimed that conducting fashion show is against the values of Islam. Hence it should not be allowed in the university campus. The students who were protesting belonged to various streams of the institution.

Jamia Millia Islamia students protest against fashion show
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A fashion show, called ‘Tarz-e-Libas’, was to be conducted at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) of Jamia Millia Islamia. This was a part of their three day Annual Festival ‘Xtacy’, but had to be cancelled. About 10-12 student collected and started protesting.

Fashion show or any other such activity, is against the ‘Tahjeeb’ of Jamia and the ethos and values of Islam.

This group of student has their own official page on Facebook, ‘students of Jamia’. They wrote posts condemning the event saying that it is ‘peak level of immodesty’ and ‘fuhash’ (fahash) program.

“Dear brothers, if you are left with even a bit of ghairah (zeal) in yourself, come out and stop such evil acts. Come out against such filth so that we won’t be ashamed on the Day of Judgment”

Their hatred can be felt, as they further wrote

“Every university has its own tahjeeb. Our culture is based on Islamic values. We told the organizers that foreign cultures should not be promoted”

Warsi, one of the protester said

They claim that they are protesting because such events objectify women and we are against it. They want to maintain the values of Islam through education.

All Permissions Were Taken

This program was planned much in advance and permission was taken from the authorities. One of the organizing member said that the event was conducted after obtaining the consent.

“This fest and the fashion show have been happening for many years. This was not something we organized something new. This type of incident took place only this year, it seems as though 2019 has become the year of elections and everything around us amounts to that. This makes the university look bad. It gives the impression that it is a deeply regressive university but the administration and teachers were with us on this.”

as said by one of the anonymous member of the organizing committee

Barriers to women of the 21st Century

In the 21st century when women are progressing, there are still those who want to dominate them.

Are these type of programs really against the values and culture?

Is it so simple to destroy any religion or sect?

It could appear that these type of acts are just to gain quick attention and popularity. In fact, if one is given the liberty, we do follow all the ethos and values of the society.

Time has come that we should behave maturely and be open minded about these type of activities. There is constant need to change in any culture. These are not threats to the culture and values, but it is part of an evolving society.

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