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Veiled Attack

A Muslim school runs aground in a spat with the orthodoxy

Veiled Attack
Veiled Attack
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A Muslim woman has taken on the orthodoxy, yet again. This time, the battleground is a community school, the 13-year-old The Scholar in Jamia Nagar, a Muslim enclave in Delhi. The once-bustling 750-student-strong school is closed now, casualty of an unsavoury feud between school principal Safia Iqbal and the Jamaat-e-Islami, which owns the school land.

"The Jamaat is trying to make this out to be a property dispute," says a distraught Iqbal, "when the fight is actually about the Jamaat, one of our major Muslim religious organisations, not being able to stomach a woman efficiently running a school on modern lines. They would rather have madrassas. They have destroyed a flourishing school. Using the mullah network's might, they've spread lies and spiteful rumours about me, resorted to hooliganism to see me cave in. They're breaking constitutional, even religious laws." Allegations that Shafi Moonis, vice-president of Jamaat-e-Islami, dismisses as hysteria: "Iqbal's intentions are dishonest, she wants to grab our land, but the courts will see us through." He is also not...
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