Tailoring shop torched for measuring body of Muslim women
KOZHIKODE: A tailoring shop at Koyilandi against which, allegations were raised by certain quarters, was torched by unidentified persons in the wee hours of Monday.Climax Stitching Parlour, run by Ashokan of Kothamangalam near Koyilandi, was completely gutted in the fire, causing an estimated loss of Rs 1 lakh. Fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the fire. A notice was distributed against the tailoring shop charging that Ashokan is ‘measuring the body of Muslim women for stitching clothes’.The notice, distributed outside the Juma’ath mosque after the Friday prayers around a month ago, warned that ‘action’ will be taken against the shop if the practice is not stopped.Police said they have taken the case seriously and a probe will be conducted under the Balussery circle inspector.
Scientific assistant from Kozhikode will visit the site on Tuesday to ascertain the actual cause of the fire.
Police said that Ashokan was threatened by a group some time ago, asking him to close down the shop.
The notice, issued in the name of an obscure organisation called H.com, exhorted the Muslim women not to go to the shop as there are other shops in Koyilandi where there are women staff.Saying that letting a man to measure the body of Muslim woman is against the ‘Dheen’, the notice said long queue of women in purdah were noticed in front of the shop even during Juma prayers on Fridays.The notice alleged that Ashokan has the habit of not accepting the dresses brought by the women for correct size
rmeasurement. Instead, he would insist on taking their measurement physically.‘‘No Muslim brethren can turn a blind eye on these. We will react and take action against such attempts, which amounts to defaming Islam. We are happy to undertake the task in the name of Islam,’’ the notice said.But the police said there are no basis in the allegations. Police have found out that ‘the measuring’ is done in the open and there is nothing to suspect as insinuated in the notice. There was no complaint from the women against Ashokan’s behaviour. Police have not ruled out the involvement of some Muslim extremist outfits in the incident.‘‘It could be the handiwork of some elements which wanted to create a division in society,’’ police sources said