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Sunnis to oppose RTE provisions on May 11

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By Mohammed Wajihuddin

Mumbai: Two weeks after the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) organized a protest rally at Azad Maidan against some provisions of the Right To Education (RTE) Act, groups of Sunni Muslims will hold another conclave in Bhiwandi on Friday (May 11, 2012). To be organized by groups like Raza Academy and Muslim Unity Foundation at the Dhobi Talao Stadium, the conclave 'Tahaffuz-e-Muslim Personal Law Conference' will see over a lakh Muslims demanding amendments to the Act.

Although madrassas and vedic pathshalas have been excluded from the RTE purview, clerics feel the Act will pave the way for closure of madrassas.

"According to the RTE, every child in the age-group of 4 to 16 will be given free education at secular institutions. This is when Muslim children join madrassas to become hafiz and maulvis. No child will become a maulvi if he/she is stopped from attending madrassas till the age of 16," said Maulana Yusuf Raza, president of Raza Academy's Bhiwandi branch.

The gathering will be addressed by a number of Sunni ulema, including UK-based Allama Qamaruzzaman Khan Azmi and Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, founder of Personal Law Jadeed, a Sunni group.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)
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