3 October 2015 - Major findings from the 2015 survey (section 1) of 757 participants indicate :
76% of the respondents are Dissatisfied with the Dawoodi Bohra Community as it functions, while 16 % are satisfied
74% felt that their religious and spiritual needs for inspiration, upliftment and character development were fulfilled in either a “below average” or “poor” manner by their local Jamaat office or Central headquarters of Dawat-E-Hadiyah/ITS office, while only 12% felt the same was either “excellent” or “above average”
Only 13% of all 757 respondents have declared their intent for attending 2015 Ashara this year because they “wanted to, are proud to attend every year and had no qualms whatsoever about making azam as requested”.
Another 13% of all 757 declared their intent because either “they felt they had no other choice, even though they object to being asked”, OR “they feared their ID or ITS card might be blocked, or laanuts thrown on them or their family, resulting in undue stress”
69% had not declared their intent or made azam for various other reasons.
Of the more than 1900 Comments made by respondents:
- More than 700 were reflective of suffering comprising of either shame, disgust, desperation, disappointment, disillusionment, hopelessness, isolation, no choice, fear, pessimism, being bullied, discriminated against, segregation, injustice, spiritual vacuum, invasion of privacy at the hands of the Dawat, or Kothar or Amils in their respective jamaats or central offic
- 400 comments pertained to money demands, lack of accountability.
- More than 130 comments pertained to force, compulsion and coercion
- 150 comments referenced cult, brainwashing, high demand, time consuming