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Amid nationwide calls for a special law to punish ‘honour killings’, the Karnataka unit of the Jamat-e-Islami Hind, through Jamat’s official mouthpiece ‘Sanmarga’, has said that religious education should be enough to prevent boys and girls from going ‘wayward’.
In an editorial, senior Jamat leader and Sanmarga editor, Abdul Khader Kukkila, said that co-ed schools and colleges, combined with cinema were creating an atmosphere that encouraged love marriages.
The editorial was inspired by two ‘honour killings’ over love marriages in Mandya and Bellary. The editorial -titled ‘Maheshwari, Shilpa, Srinivas and us’ said, “Our cinema is full of love stories. Lovers are projected as heroes and parents, who oppose such relationships, are painted as villains.”
He also blamed co-ed campuses for the “problem” of boys and girls falling in love. “The natural distance that should be kept between them is reducing. The first mistake was to allow boys and girls to study together,” he said.
The piece found support from Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik. “Of course, cinema and co-ed campuses encourage bad behaviour among boys and girls. But it is too late to do something about it. Parents should start giving their children moral and religious education,” Muthalik told HT.