‘Stress on Sania’s achievements, not her dress’: AIMWPLB
LUCKNOW, FEB 2 (PTI), Outlook
Slamming the reported ‘fatwa’ on Sania Mirza’s on-court attire, the All-India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board today rallied behind the teenage tennis sensation and said emphasis should be on her achievements rather than her dress.
"As advocates and doctors follow their own dress code, Sania Mirza, being a sportperson, is following the dress code meant for her," AIMWPLB president Shaista Amber said here in a reaction to the recent ‘fatwa’ issued by a cleric regarding the short skirts worn by the tennis ace.
Amber said Sania had earned a name for the country at the global level and "emphasis should, therefore, be on her achievements and not on her on-court dress," she said.
She said the tennis ace had not dressing in a similar fashion in her personal life, "proving that what she is wearing while playing is as per the needs and requirements of the sport".
The AIMWPLB president was, however, critical of skimpily-clad women participating in fashion shows and taking up modelling as a career. "It is unislamic. There is no need for them to dress up like this yet they do it… This is wrong," she said.
The board’s views echoed those of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board that yesterday said Sania’s dress on court did not come under the purview of Muslim personal laws.
"Every sports has its specific dress code and does not come under the purview of the Muslim personal laws. Fatwas on such issues carry no meaning," AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Nizamuddin said