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Kerala School Drama Draws Ire of Muslim Groups for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

The protesters have alleged that the drama is against the religious sentiments and demanded the play to be withdrawn.

Asheem PK | CNN-News18

Updated:November 27, 2018, 6:41 PM IST
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Kerala School Drama Draws Ire of Muslim Groups for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’
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Kozhikode: A drama at a school-fest in Kerala has triggered controversy for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments. Muslim organisations have come out in protest against the drama, ‘Kithab.

‘Kithab’ is the story of the daughter of a muezzin, the person who calls for prayers at the mosque. The girl dreams of making the call for prayers like her father. Usually only men are appointed as muezzins, as per Islamic traditions.

Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) last week took out a protest march to the venue where the drama was being played. The protesters alleged that the drama was against the religious sentiments and demanded the play to be withdrawn. SKSSF, the student wing of Sunni group Samastha also has come out in opposition against the play.

‘Kithab’, written by Rafeeq Mangalasseri, is an adaptation of the story ‘Vaang’, written by popular Malayalam writer and screenwriter Unni R.

Meanwhile, Rafeeq Mangalasseri denied the allegations by the protesters and accused them of being politically motivated. “Organisations like SDPI and SKSSF have always opposed reformist movements. Such groups who are indulging in such protests have own political intentions,” Rafeeq told news18.com.

Writer Unni R has distanced himself from the controversy and accused the theater group of distorting his story.

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