Kerala Islamic leader Mukkam Umar Faizi booked for controversial remark against women

Marking a strong protest against Faizi's remarks, activist VP Zuhara had publicly removed her headscarf on a stage last October.

ByPTI

Published Jan 06, 2024 | 11:19 AMUpdatedJan 06, 2024 | 11:19 AM

Woman in a head scarf

Months after Islamic scholar and Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama leader Mukkam Umar Faizi allegedly remarked that women who do not wear headscarves “are of questionable character”, Kerala Police have booked a case against him.

During a television programme, Faizi had allegedly made a comment about women who do not wear the “thattam” (headscarf worn by Muslim ladies in Kerala) and it triggered a widespread controversy in the state as a large number of women leaders and activists came out against it.

Case registered 

Nadakkavu Police here registered the case on Thursday, 4 January, based on a complaint filed by social activist VP Zuhara two months ago.

Marking a strong protest against Faizi’s remarks, Zuhara had publicly removed her headscarf on a stage last October.

“The case was registered on Thursday under IPC Sections 295A and 298,” a police officer told PTI.

While 295A refers to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, IPC 298 deals with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person.

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