New Delhi, Jan 25: With advance of technology, mobile phones, internet, social media -- Facebook, Twitter and many other platforms have become a few among the necessities in today's life. What will happen if someone announces that all these facilities will not be available from now onwards? Life will become miserable for any tech savvy and social media person.
Surprising everyone, Roorkee Madrassa in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, has taken a bold step. The Madrassa banned mobile phones, internet and social media for its students. Faculty members too have been asked to exercise restrains on the usage of social media, internet and mobile phones.
Roorkee Madrassa's decision of banning internet, phones and social media surfaced following arrests of a few terror suspects from Haridwar. Authorities claimed that young students are radicalised through social media.
Terror groups have been misusing the platforms, hence, the organisation banned all social media platforms, internet and usage of mobile phones.
Parents of the students have also been asked to keep an eye on their children and their usage of technology.
It has been reported that the move has been taken to prevent young minds at the Madrasssa from being influenced by the radical ideology of the groups like ISIS.
The Imamdul Islam's chief, Maulana Nawab Ali, was quoted as saying, "Have asked parents to keep an eye on their children's social media activities so that they don't get misled by extremists."
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Police have blocked 94 websites being used to radicalise the youth. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Vivek Phansalkar said, "Influence of ISIS is being seen in 10-12 states (in the country) including Maharashtra. Police have blocked 94 websites in the last year (2015) which were used as a tool to radicalise youth about ISIS."