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U.P. cracks down on madrasas

The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated action against madrasas (Islamic seminaries) in the State. After a probe by Saharanpur’s District Minority Welfare Officer (DMWO), “irregularities” were suspected in 91 religious seminaries, and affiliation of 17 of them has been cancelled with immediate effect.

The State government made it mandatory for all madrasas to register themselves after it came to power. A website was launched for this purpose and the seminaries were expected to upload a variety of documents on it.

725 seminaries

Saharanpur DMWO Pushpendra Singh said there were 725 Islamic seminaries affiliated to the State government and receiving financial aid from it. After the government’s directive, 634 madrasas registered themselves.

Office-bearers of the All-India Teachers’ Association Madaris Arabia (AITAMA), an organisation of madrasa teachers, alleged that they were being harassed and exploited by officials over submission and verification of documents. The AITAMA early this week wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on this issue.

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