news Monday, June 01, 2015 - 05:30
  Less than a week after an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor allegedly made a comment on WhatsApp saying that madrassas were rife with vice and homosexuality, the Vice Chancellor has hit out at a “slander” campaign against the university. Waseem Raja, a professor at the history department at AMU had been accused of sending a defamatory message on Tuesday to TV channels. “We want removal of madarsa... Where homo sexuality is rampant...Maulanas are part of it,” his message reportedly said. It added that “maulanas are involved in such activities” and that madrasas were “dens of vice and homosexuality”. In a response, the AMU VC sent a letter to Raja asking him to be cautious and temperate in his language on a sensitive issue. According to a report in The Times of India, he further hit out at a “misplaced slander campaign” against the university, saying that it has helped marginalized Muslims from madrassas enter the mainstream via its bridge course. It was important to allow the marginalized to enter the mainstream and contribute to nation building, he reportedly said. He added that madrasas had played an important role in nation-building and such charges against them were unfair and unjust.