Kabul, April 15 — Large numbers of Hazara women staged a demonstration against Sheikh Mohsini and the “Shiite Personal Status Law” in front of Mohsini’s multimillion-dollar madrassah. The demonstration was in response to Mohsini Kandhari’s continued defense, despite heavy criticism from the people and the international community, of the law he drafted.
The protesters were holding banners and placards against the law, and chanting slogans such as “Down with Mohsini,” “Down with prejudiced laws” and “We oppose Talibanized Laws.” When the protesting women started a petition in front of Sheikh Mohsini Kandhari’s Madrassa, a group of female students from inside the Madrassa came out and started chanting in favor of Mohsini.
The anti-law protesters made their way out towards the Parliament House, located behind the Madrassa. Hazara women demanded that the Parliament repeal the law that violates their basic rights. Protesters believe that although Karzai has ordered a legal review of the law, some high-ranking officials at the Justice Ministry support Mohsini’s view.
Attack on a School:
Meanwhile, supporters of Sheikh Mohsini’s Harkat e Islami have attacked the Lycee Ma’arifat in Dasht e Barchi, Kabul, injuring two school employees and causing damage to the school.
A group of 50 to 60 attackers smashed windows and doors of the co-ed school in West Kabul in response to open condemnation of the “Rape Law” from the school’s headmaster, Mr. Aziz.
Students remained trapped inside the school for about an hour until the security forces arrived and cordoned off the area. The security forces took Headmaster Aziz to safety.
Officials of the school said Mohsini ran a message on his TV channel, Tamadun, accusing the school of teaching un-Islamic topics, including Christianity. School officials believe that this incited Mohsini’s supporters to attack the school.
Mr. Aziz had called a press conference in the afternoon. But sources say that Mohsini used his influence to block roads leading to the school, preventing journalists, MPs, civil society members and opponents of the law from attending the press conference.