I Was a Victim of Abuse in Madarsa: Director Ali Akbar


Thiruvananthapuram: Days after a woman journalist VP Rajeena from Kerala received death threats for raising her voice against child abuse in Madarsas and revealing how she was victimized twenty years ago. Malyalam film Director Ali Akbar also alleged that he faced the similar situation at a Madarsa years ago.

Challenging Muslim cleric Kanthapuram Abu Backer Musliyar, Ali Akbar said that the ‘ustad’ who had abused him is still alive and that he would be willing to reveal the details if that’s what Kanthapuram wants.

Kanthapuram on Saturday had rejected Rajeena’s allegations that there were instances of child abuse in madarsas and asked for evidence to prove her statements.

Speaking to India Today, Akbar said “if he’s ready to accept my challenge I am ready to reveal the details. Why should I be scared of telling the truth? It is true that I am a victim of abuse at a madarsa.”

Sparking off controversies with his speech on the same day, Kanthapuram had also said that gender equality was un-islamic and impossible, and that women do not posses the mental strength that men do.

“How many female heart surgeons do you see in the world? They do not have the mental strength. Men do. Women will shiver before the controlling power of a man. Women have other capabilities that men don’t. They are meant for that only,” said Kanthapuram speaking at a function in Kozhikode.

VP Rajeena’s post where she shared her experience about how she witnessed boys and girls of her class being abused by the ‘ustad’ (the madarsa teacher) had gone viral following which she received abusive comments and threats online accusing her of defaming Islam.