Samastha defends Musaliyar's remark, says young girls should not be allowed on stage

Kozhikode: Samastha Kerala Jem'iyyathul Ulema on Saturday defended the controversial comment of its leader during a madrasa event at Malappuram. It reiterated the comment of MT Abdulla Musaliyar that young girls shall not be invited to public stages.

Musaliyar had scolded the programme organisers in Perinthalmanna for inviting a school student to the stage to receive a certificate.

Musaliyar had objected to inviting girl students to the stage to receive a certificate and asked to invite the parents instead.

Samastha is a religious organisation. Therefore, we consider matters within the framework of the religion. The child was not insulted. The remark was made after it was realised that girl was acting shy in presence of eminent scholars on the stage, Samstha president Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal said.

MT Abdullah Musliar said that Samastha is an organization that gives girls the respect and dignity they deserve. Certificates have been issued and students were honoured in the past as well. He said that there are some benefits to not bringing older girls into the stage for the public eye.

"Samastha does not have a policy that allows women and men on equal footing. Besides, Samastha gives them all kinds of respect and support. No one has the right to say that we need to change," he added.

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