The Madrasas of Kerala have been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons. There have been multiple allegations by people of sexual abuse and harassment of children in Madrasas.
First it was Muslim journalist VP Rajeena who spoke out on the issue. She gave a graphic description of her time in a Madrasa where young girls and boys were allegedly sexually harassed by the Ustaads (teachers). Now Malayalam film director Ali Akbar has also come out with these allegations.
Ali recalled the horror he faced four decades ago and supporting journalist VP Rajeena’s claims, alleged that these things were prevalent even today. He argued that he had evidence to prove his claims. He also went on to say that ‘rape’ was the only apt word that could describe the horror he faced at the hands of his Ustaad when he was just 8 years old.