Madrasa row: Was abused by ustad, says Kerala filmmaker Ali Akbar

After Muslim woman journalist V P Rajeena disclosed about how ustads used to abuse girls and boys in her madrasa days, the social media has witnessed debate on madrasa life.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 30, 2015 7:31 am
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Challenging the claim of Sunni Muslim leader Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar that Kerala madrasas were free from sexual abuse, a Malayalam film director said he was sexually exploited by an ustad (teacher) during his time in madrasa.

Film director Ali Akbar said that when he studied in Class IV at a madrasa in Wayanad district, the then ustad had sexually abused him. “That madrasa was run by Kanthapuram Musliyar. If Musliyar is willing to look into the issue, I am ready to give details of the ustad,’’ said Akbar.

His statements come after Muslim woman journalist V P Rajeena alleged that ustads abused girls and boys in the madrasa she was in.

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Akbar alleged that the ustad sexually exploited every student in his class. “Sexual exploitation of children in madrasas is still going on. But, nobody is ready to speak out against it out of fear. When leaders like Kanthapuram Musliyar are heading the madrasa education system in Kerala, who would dare to complaint against an ustad,’’ asks Akbar.

The film director said that after the incident, he never attended madrasa. “That incident of abuse…in early 1970s haunted me for several years. Hence, I decided against sending my children to madrasa,’’ said Akbar.

He added: “After the experience from ustads, many students start abusing their classmates… Ustads create curiosity about sex in their class on whudu (ablution). After that, it is easy to trap children.’’

Meanwhile, Rajeena’s Facebook post on alleged sexual abuse in madrasas has triggered a discussion on social media on the issue. Many have alleged that they too faced abuse during their time in madrasas.

One of the posts said what Rajeena has written was not fiction. Such ustads exist in religious learning centres, it said. “Instead of abusing that woman, such elements who commit the crime should be exposed,” the post added. Another said: “Not all madrasa teachers are rapists. But, from almost all madrasas, such incidents have been reported.’’


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  1. Jai Kumar
    Nov 30, 2015 at 10:57 am
    This is not just a religious issue but a moral and criminal one. No owasis to come to on this. Well the authors forget that child molestation was stated by the prophet so us fair game hence Mullahs won't interfere.
    1. P
      Nov 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm
      Amongst muslims child abuse is more prevalent due to madres. Maulvis have total control over the children. Now this has seeped in to society. In Afganistan it is known as Baccha Bazi, In stan it is known as Launde Bazi in Iran and Turkey it has a more sophisticated names. But it is openly practiced.
      1. S
        Nov 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm
        As said this are all politically motivated and sold people...who wants tarnish image of Madrasas and Muslims.
        1. R
          Nov 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm
          The truth comes out...congratulations Rajeena and Ali. There should be CBI investigation inot these allegations. We need some arrests and how about PIL and civil lawsuits?
          1. R
            Nov 30, 2015 at 6:19 am
            Where are our Journalist, Artist, writers and Bollywood stars who are pretending to be getting In-tolerated on "Hindu related Intolerance issues". Issue is now Muslim and all are mum. Are you drinking mothers milk or what? Now open your A** and raise your voice. Will you really dare to do that. You cannot. Where is our Khan raise your voice..That is for sure. Now no one having no issues. All are dead silent. Surprised to see that this article is published on Indian Express....
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