Early this month, Jais delivered a highly controversial sermon titled: "Aurat: Antara Kebebasan dan Maruah Diri” (Aurat: Between freedom and self dignity).
The gist of the sermon is this:
Muslim women should cover up their "aurat" to prevent “being harassed physically or mentally... so as to prevent false accusations (fitnah), evil gazes (pandangan yang jahat) and bad incidents from taking place (perkara yang buruk berlaku)... Negative incidents such as rape, illicit sex, and incest (rogol, zina, sumbang mahram) can be avoided.
[ Excerpt from Malaysiakini ]
More of the sermon at this link:
The sermon was deemed insensitive by many, and the tide of anger only worsened when DAP's Penang Exco member Chong Eng was questioned by police over her statement which was deemed critical of the sermon.
Chong however pointed out that she was not stirring the religious cauldron by questioning the practice of "tutup aurat", but merely pointing out the obvious - rape and incest do not correlate to the way a woman, child, toddler, baby is attired. I am including children, because many victims of sexual abuse are children. Way too many for comfort!
An interesting article in the Malaysian Insider reinforces this point. I shall take the liberty of quoting the pertinent excerpts here.