An Islamic seminary in Bangladesh has burned hundreds of mobile phones seized from students claiming that they were getting distracted by it, according to a media report.
Mufti Jasim Uddin, the superintendent of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, known as Hathazari Barha Madrasa said on Monday that the resident students are not allowed to use mobile phones, said the report.
Phones seized during admission every year: Mufti
We seize mobile phones, especially the ones that play music and videos, from the resident students during admission every year, Mufti said, skirting a query as to whether they have destroyed the phones.
However, some students, requesting anonymity, told that the authorities seized and burnt two sacks full of around 400 handsets seized on Sunday, the report said.
Seminary not against technology but its negative results
The seminary, which is a 123-year-old institution with 14,000 registered students, was not against technology but the negative results of mobile phones far outweigh its positives.
The madrasa is run by Shah Ahmed Shafi, the Chief of Hifazat-e-Islam, an Islamist pressure group of madrasa teachers and students, which in 2013 had demanded for the enactment of a blasphemy law.