A Seminar on Women, Religion and Empowerment has been organized today at Bohra Community Hall by Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat. The representatives of various religious groups shared their views, problems, its causes and solution on the subject in the seminar which lasted for the whole day and then followed by group discussion. Many, especially youth from the community participated in the event with higher concern. Islamic Scholar and Reformist leader Asghar Ali Engineer also launched his autobiography titled A Living Faith
on the occasion. The programme started in the morning around 10 am with inaugural prayer and welcome of the chief guests and orators from different communities. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey who is a prominent Islamic scholar and well-known orator of Islamic Studies, was the chief guest Dr. Nirmala Garg (Hinduism), Glory M. Philip (Christianity), Prof. Subhash Anand (Christianity), Prof S.K Vyas (Buddhism), Prof. Zenab Banu (Islam), Prof. Hemlata Bolia (Jainism) and Prof. Sudha Choudhary (Hinduism) were the key speakers who shared their views in the seminar.
Saifuddin Insaf, general Secretary of Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community (CBDBC) has informed, “Even after the independence and modernization, women in India do not have equal rights, if we consider society or religion for this mistreatment of women then it would be best to have an inter-faith dialogue to understand what religions says about the position of women and how our religious scriptures are interpreted in our patriarchal society,” and this was the main motive with which this seminar was organized. “Thus we would like women, scholars and theologians from all religious faiths to come together and make presentations from point of view of their respective faiths,” said Saifuddin Insaf. Asghar Ali Engineer, Chairman (CBDBC) has also put his views on condition of Muslim women in present Indian society and shed light on the importance of education and social awareness among women.