An influential Sunni Muslim leader in Kerala, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musalyar, has decried reservations for women in elections arguing that "they (women) were only fit to deliver children," and that “Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and intellectually wrong.”
Musalyar, the chief of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, made his remarks at a camp of the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) in Kozhikode. On a separate occasion, he had said that the 50% reservation of seats for women in civic polls was “too high” but retracted it when it became controversial.
Referring to the ongoing debates over allowing girls and boys to share seats in colleges, Musalyar said it was “part of a calculated move to destroy Islam and culture.”
He also dismissed recent allegations regarding sexual exploitations at madrasas and asked those who raised allegations to bring evidence to prove it.
A controversy had erupted recently after a woman journalist wrote an account on her Facebook wall about the alleged sexual abuse of young boys and girls in madrassas. She faced a volley of abuses on social networks.
Muslim women in Kerala have among the highest literacy rates in the country and members of the community are also an influential political force in the state's electoral demographics.
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