‘Homosexuality taught under the pretext of educational reform’
IUML former MLA Abdurahuman Randathani made the remarks during a speech at a Kerala Congress-led United Democratic Front protest in Kannur on Monday
A leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala made a controversial comment that issues such as masturbation and homosexuality were being taught under the pretext of reforming the education sector in the state.
IUML former MLA Abdurahuman Randathani made the remarks during a speech at a Kerala Congress-led United Democratic Front protest in Kannur on Monday.
He said that girls had already made a lot of progress in education. In many colleges, there are up to 80 percent girls. This was not achieved by having girls and boys sit together. Many are now campaigning that putting boys and girls together in classrooms would pave the way for drastic changes in the education sector. What is taught then is masturbation and homosexuality, he said.
With his statement causing an argument, Randathani later stated that the IUML was not against reforms in the education sector. But reforms in the education sector did not mean boys and girls had to sit together or wear the same uniform or change school times. He also said there were disturbing gendered campaigns by some student outfits on campuses.
The IUML leader also cited the case of Qatar where no alcohol was served even during the World Cup. It brought discipline to stadiums and people enjoyed the game without any problems, he added.
The IUML leader’s remarks came close on the heels of the left-wing government in Kerala which reversed its previous stance and stated that it had no intention of implementing gender-neutral measures such as same-sex uniform or mixed seating in schools. Protests from Muslim outfits are said to have prompted the government to reverse its position.