Jamaat Diktat: No girl should study after attaining puberty

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Chennai, Nov 15: After Haryana's Khap, now it is the turn of Jamaat in Tamil Nadu which had issued a Taliban-like decree saying that "no girl should study after attaining puberty." Because of the Jamaat diktat in PR Pattinam, a 16-year-old girl has to discontinue her studies and father forced to go on exile.

Now, the mother of the girl Hajirammal Mohamed (52) of PR Pattinam has submitted a petition at the office of the district administration to help her daughter go back to school. In her petition, the mother has alleged that Jamaat Committee of PR Pattinam has forced her daughter Januba Begum to discontinue her studies. Hajirammal stated in the petition that her daughter was studying in class XI at the Government Girls HSS in Manamelkudi from Jul 2012.

"Since the last week of August, Jamaat Committee functionaries of PR Pattinam insisted that she stop her studies," the mother stated in the petition.

"They threatened us that no girl should study after attaining puberty. Despite their threats, I sent my daughter to school. This made them angry and they dragged us to the mosque and even assaulted my husband, my daughter and myself and took away my daughter's school bag, warned my husband that they would excommunicate our family until we handed over to them the transfer certificate of my daughter," Hajirammal told The New Indian Express.

Jamaat members asked Nalla Mohamed, Hajirammal husband, to enter the village only after obtaining Januba Begum's TC on Sept first week. "Since then, my husband has not returned and I do not know his whereabouts," Hajirammal said.

"We went on starvation for days together and I was forced to work as a domestic help," she said.

"I fear the most for my husband who was not keeping well," Hajirammal sobbed.

Moreover, Jamaat Committee organiser MSN Najimudheen levied a 'fine of Rs 15,000 for violating the Jamaat's norms' in educating a girl who had attained puberty.

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