Samastha supports girl who supports Kerala Muslim scholar on stage
The Samastha Kerala Jamiatul Ulema – a Muslim scholarly body – on Saturday defended its leader Abdullah Musaliar’s controversial remarks during a madrassa event in Malappuram, where he said young girls should not be invited to public forums.
A video of Musliyar scolding the organizers for inviting a class 10 girl to the stage was widely criticized and even Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan reacted.
Addressing the media, Samasta leaders justified the stand by saying that the body does not follow the practice of putting men and women together on stage.
Samasta president Syed Mohammad Jifri Thangal said that neither the girl nor her family has any complaint.
“Abdullah Musaliar has not insulted the girl. If he had to insult the girl, he would have stopped her before she came on stage. When the award was given to the girl, Musaliar saw her face and realized that she was uncomfortable as she had to come to the stage where the maestro was sitting. Understanding this problem of the girl students, he asked them not to invite other girl students on the stage. This was not to insult the girl student but to ensure that the child does not feel bad.
He said that Samasta is an organization that supports the education of women.
Musliyar, who is seen angrily in the video, said, “Samall is an organization that works for the education of children, especially women. I have inaugurated colleges for women while others oppose it. I go to give certificates to students every year but we call their parents on stage and give them prizes. In Samasta, there is no custom of men and women sitting together on the stage. We don’t bring women on stage.”
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