Haryana Women’s Campaign Against Veil
“To keep us under control men ask us to cover our faces. Ask a man to cover his face for a day, he will not be able to do it.”
“Veil” or Ghoonghat is seen as an age-old form of patriarchal dominance. Somewhere it is treated as a sign of modesty and respect, while at some place it fulfils the man chauvinism by dominating over the woman.
In a recent video by BBC, it was highlighted that how women from Haryana, India, irrespective of religion have shunned their veils to put an end to the oppression of women by men.
The campaign to evade veils has been started by Manju Yadav, a school teacher who consider that wearing a veil keep them under control of men.
“To keep us under control men ask us to cover our faces. Ask a man to cover his face for a day, he will not be able to do it,” says Manju Yadav, as reported by BBC
She already has the support of people from 47 villages and the District Commissioner Chander Shekhar has also encouraged villagers to participate in this campaign.
Najma Khan, the village leader of Dhauj, Haryana says that she is not the first women who has shunned the veil and the country will only progress when the village progresses.
It is also good to know that she is being supported by the men from the same village, while there are other who are totally against this campaign. One of the person from Manju Yadav villages says that it is important for women to cover their faces to show respect for men and otherwise what will be left in our culture if there is no veil.
But breaking such stereotypes, the women have taken a pledge to not to cover their faces with veils.
A relative of Manju Yadav says that what is the point of education if no one is ready to change with time.
Calling it as a sign of progress, women have already shunned veils and are enjoying facing the world head on for the first time.