: Facing flak from various organisations, Sunni leader Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar has clarified his comments about gender equality during one of his recent speeches in Kozhikode.
In a statement here on Monday, the Musliyar said: “My speech referred to was to giving special support and care for women in a situation where they were kept apart from social sphere. This special care and support needed to be extended to women in public and professional life, and has been reiterated many a time by the judiciary. We live and abide by the Constitution of India which provides equal justice to all irrespective of caste, creed or sex.”
Role in family
He said that he had referred to the nobility of motherhood while talking about the duties of men and women in family life and reiterated the plain fact that “only woman can give birth.”
“I stick to the statement that childbirth and upbringing of the children are of the noblest deeds we can ever think of. This pro-women statement has been deliberately distorted and misinterpreted, and quoted me as saying women are capable only of childbirth,” the Musliyar said.
Authenticity of report
“We live by the saying of Prophet Muhammed, that the heaven lay underneath your mother’s feet. It’s my request to those who responded on the spur of the moment, to take out some quality time and probe the authenticity of the report,” he said.
He said that Islam stands for the safety of women in a milieu of extreme feminism and misogyny.