College vandalised after protest against chairman accused of insulting Islam

The glass door of Mandhu College was smashed around 2am on Tuesday, hours after a protest was staged outside the building calling for the arrest of the college’s chairman Ibrahim Ismail ‘Ibra’ for allegedly insulting or mocking Islam.The vandalism is under investigation, police said.‘Arrest laadheenee [irreligious or secular] Ibra!’ ‘Scholars come out in defence of religion!’ and ‘To insult is not freedom,’ read some of the placards.The protest continued Tuesday afternoon with about 50 people marching in the capital’s suburb Vilimalé. Calls to “behead Ibra” and “hang Ibra” were heard among chants to arrest him and “protect Islam.”Ibra, a former president of the Maldivian Democratic Party and chairman of the committee that drafted the 2008 constitution, stirred controversy during a Twitter debate last Friday on the absence of a verse in the Quran that prescribes stoning as a punishment for adultery.............

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