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“Which Ustazah Should Get Gangbang?” – Obscene Survey Shakes Up Singapore Malay Community

Updated as of 27 May, 11pm. Who started this obscene survey and why? Why...

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[Trigger Warning: Harassment/Objectification/Sexualisation of Women/Rape]

Updated as of 27 May, 11pm.

Who started this obscene survey and why? Why are our asatizahs put in this position? Why are non-asatizahs equally feeling the heat? If you have been spared from the slew of social media postings revolving around the recent immoral survey going about our local Malay community in the past 24 hours, let us catch you up to speed.

LAST NIGHT: “Men, sooner or later, you are going to be someone’s father, or someone’s husband, do better.”

An online survey on a non-mainstream social media platform, MeWe, was created on 15 April, calling for viewers to vote for which local ustazah (female islamic religious teacher) should participate in a gangbang [(the act of a group of people) to rape (force to have sex) or have sex with someone as a group – as defined in the Cambridge dictionary]. It appears 12 ustazahs were listed as options and the survey which initially garnered 245 votes spiked to over 1000 votes overnight. MeWe is a networking platform similar to Facebook which enables private group conversations.

Local asatizah, Ustazah Fatin Afika, uploaded a series of Instagram stories last night, voicing out her disapproval and concerns after the survey was brought to her attention by an unnamed netizen.

In her criticism of the creators and voters of the survey, she calls out the male community to not only respect women who strive to be modest (instead of outrightly pointing out women’s faults and blaming them) but to also hold the people involved accountable. She reminds viewers that these men may one day become a husband and a father too.

Hours later, matters took a turn for the worse as she surfaced news that photos of her friend, another local ustazah, not wearing the hijab has been leaked in what appears to be the same platform, titled Awek Tudung (Tudung Women).

According to her friend, the leaked photo was from a private video which she transferred to her macbook and had not uploaded anywhere else. She has also experienced signs of possible hacking being done. With boundaries of privacy being crossed, Ustazah Fatin Afika even went on to share tips to secure netizens’ passwords and safeguard their content.

VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY: “Who did this must be held accountable!” 

Ustazah Fatin Afika’s brave voice was echoed by other asatizahs and members of the community, including prominent figures, calling out for justice through personal social media posts and comments:

Asnida Daud
Mariam Mas’od

In the evening of 27 May, the President of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yacob, as well as Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has released a statement regarding this matter.

REPORTS LODGED, WHAT NOW?

At the point where this article is being written, we are informed that the call for authorities to step in has been heard and according to another asatizah, Ustaz Syakir Abu Farouq, “the people involved have been reported”. He adds, “May this be a lesson for us all and future Asatizah.”

For readers, this recent incident may also jolt your memory back to past similar incidents such as that of the SG Nasi Lemak chat group on Telegram where photos and videos of women were disseminated. With 31 reports lodged, the administrator of the SG Nasi Lemak group was sentenced to jail for 9 weeks and fined $26,000 in March 2021. 

While we continue to seek justice this time round, it is evident that online platforms have created fear and worry among women in our community, raising the need for public education and accountability, especially when highly esteemed figures such as religious teachers are victimised as well.

Let us stand against the harassment of any form and not forget to render support to the ustazahs (and anyone else) who have been affected by this, or any such similar, incident.

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