Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the education and empowerment of the Muslim women. Instead of receiving widespread applaud, acceptance and support the move was met with the resistance.
There were varieties of reasons that the move was met with the resistance. Some people saw it as a mere political stunt by the Modi. Others questioned whether Modi is really doing anything meaningful and concrete in the area of education and women empowerment and remaining were against it because of the controversy over the triple-talaq.
For India to achieve its full potential there is a critical need to empower the Muslim women in India thorough education. The status of the education as captured by the census in 2001 reveals that literacy rate in Muslim women is only 59 percent.
According to the Sachar Committee Report of 2006, Muslims and other weaker section of the society are facing development deficit in number of areas. The report by the Sachar Committee, lead to the development of the across-the-board program for the welfare and development of the minority communities.
The program had a substantial effect on the development as the literacy rate for the Muslims in 2011 census went up to 68.5 percent against the national literacy rate of 74 percent.
The news is good but the numbers within numbers tell another story. Among women the worst literacy rate is among the Muslim women which is less than 52 percent and this is the cause of main concern and must change. Women from Muslim community should be able to participate in the full continuum of the education.
Education in itself is empowering especially, for Muslim women as it removes the veil of ignorance and develops the knowledge, skills and attitude to create one's own destiny. It builds self-esteem and builds a bridge to a happy future.