BHU stirs another row, asks questions on Triple Talaq, Halala & Padmavati

BHU, Banaras Hindu University, MA, History

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is at the center of controversy again after it asked questions on triple talaq, halala and Alauddin Khilji in the examination of MA History semester – I recently. The History paper asked MA students to discuss about Teen Talaq and Halala as a social evils in Islam.

The students were also asked to express their views on Rani Padmavati. The question, carrying, 10 marks read: “What do you mean by johar tradition? Describe Rani Padmavati’s johar in the period of Allauddin Khilji. The alternate choice was: Describe the position of Muslim women in the Sultanate era.”

Though a section of students protested and alleged that the administration is trying to impose the right-wing ideology on students in the pretext of such questions, some teachers found nothing wrong in it. Talking to ANI, Vikas, a student in the University, said,”The university found nothing wrong with the set of questions asked. I felt that the questions were offensive.”

However, Assistant Professor of BHU Rajiv Srivastava disagreed with student’s opinion and said that these facts are part of medieval history and automatically become part of the syllabus.

“Why do Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University ask questions on child marriage and Sati system? Islam also has demerits which must be raised. When we teach history of Islam we will have to teach such things. People like Sanjay Leela Bhansali won’t teach history to students,” Srivastava stated.


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