Kerala’s education minister and a Muslim League leader P K Abdu Rabb on Tuesday kicked off new controversy by asking girls and boys to sit on separate chairs in colleges campuses.
Commenting on the recent controversy involving a private Farook College in Kozikhode, Rabb said that he was against the girls and boys sitting next to each other.
“At the same time, they can sit so using chairs. They can sit next to each other in the same bench, if the institutions and students do not have any complaint. I don’t think there was gender discrimination at Farook College in this regard,” Rabb was quoted by Indian Express
Muslim-run Farook College, an autonomous institution, had suspended a boy, who protested against the management’s decision to crack down on the boys and girls sitting next to each other in their class. The college had asked nine students including girls to quit class after they were found sitting on the same bench. The high court later the decision of the college on the male student.
The minister’s comment is bound to cause a new controversy.