Friday, March 07, 2008

Making of a "Lal Masjid's Jamia Hafsa girls madrassa in India

Everyone is aware of the Jamia Hafsa Madrassa in Pakistan. The girls from this madrassa were in forefront during the Lal Masjid Saga. The controversial Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) was focus of bloody confrontation between Pakistani security forces and radical students from in the centre of the capital, Islamabad. In another incident, some 40 Jamia Hafsa girls entered a home in the neighbourhood and dragged out the three women inside, accusing them of running a brothel. Tied up in white sheets, the women were dragged through the neighborhood and into the Jamia Hafsa, where they were imprisoned for two days. They also took two policemen hostage, in retaliation for the arrests of two teachers suspected of involvement in the kidnap.

We Indian watched the entire saga amazed and perhaps might have even thought that this will never happen in India. But we are wrong a Jamia hafsa is in making right in our backyard.

Early this week, Saidabad police station in Hyderabad arrested a Mohtasin Billa said to be a close associate of Nasir, the alleged Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) militant, arrested last month in Karnataka. Billa was arrested in connection with a case registered against him in Saifabad police station for participating in the attack on a Gujarat police team in 2004. The Commissioner said Billa was also wanted in connection with another case in Gopalpuram police station where he was found to be in possession of seditious literature and compact discs.

Within 45 minutes of Billa’s arrest, about 50-odd burqa clad women — mostly students of the madrasa and activists of Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat(Institute for Holy War and Martyrdom) — stormed past the police guard, injured the outnumbered women constables and ransacked the police station where Billa was being held. The Saidabad police station had to seek additional reinforcements to control the women who smashed windowpanes and furniture, and attacked police personnel. Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi father of Mohtasin Billa runs the Girls Madrassa. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) T Prabhakar Rao says

Their anger and the manner in which they were talking indicate the kind of indoctrination they have received at the madrasa.

Is YS Rajasekhar Reddy who has set new standards in Appeasement Listening?

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