A group of students from Thiruvananthapuram University College have alleged that a teacher has been forcefully teaching them the Quran.
Twenty-one students of the college, in a written complaint to the college principal alleged that, Muhammadali Jinnah, the head of department of Islamic history forced girl students in their class to read portions of the Quran.
The professor has been accused of reading portions that dictated how girls should behave and pointed out that girls in his class were not ‘Islamic’.
The complaint alleges that after reading out such portions the professor would make disparaging comments about girl students,
Students also alleged that the professor compelled non-Muslim students in the class to learn the Quran, though it was not part of the curriculum for Islamic History.
“Initially he used to ask students belonging to other religions to remove amulets or threats tied on their hands. There have been instances when he forcefully cut it. He also gave a set instructions to girls in the class asking them to follow Islamic traditions,” Student Federation of India (SFI) Thiruvananthapuram district Secretary Prathin Saj Krishna told The News Minute.
Prathin also said that there had been allegations against the professor earlier when he was teaching in a different college.
“He takes class about religion which is not included in the syllabus. The professor cuts religious threads that other students use forcefully,” the complaint says.
Prathin said that college authorities had initiated an enquiry against the professor.