Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Madrasas are dens of vice and homosexuality | AMU News

An Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor has sparked controversy by allegedly calling madrasas "dens of vice and homosexuality".


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A professor at the Aligarh Muslim University allegedly called madrassas 'dens of vice and homosexuality'. IBNLiveA professor at the Aligarh Muslim University allegedly called madrassas 'dens of vice and homosexuality'. IBNLive

Waseem Raja, History department professor at AMU and a teacher at the university for around 30 years, allegedly said in a WhatsApp message which was sent to a TV channel that "maulanas are involved in such activities", adding that the condition of Muslim youth will only improve if madrasas are banned, according to India TV.

The report added that a grab of the chat read, "We want removal of madarsa... Where homo sexuality is rampant...Maulanas are part of it."

However, the professor denied saying any such thing. "I did not say anything like that," The Times of India quoted Raja as saying. "I have been part of SAARC conferences in the past and I have always spoken about reformation of the community. Are madarsas not part of the community? That does not mean I said such things, my phone was hacked and I have blocked the chat group now."

On the other hand, the students at the university condemned Raja's remarks and many slammed him on social media for his comments. "People like you (Raja) spoil the name of the university. God has given you reason, so think before speaking," TOI quoted one of the students as saying.

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