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Indian Muslim leaders angry over 'Talibanization' remarks in beard ruling


CHENNAI, India (RNS) Senior Muslim clerics in India say they may appeal a Supreme Court decision that ruled against a Muslim teenager who wanted to grow a beard even though his Catholic school requires students to be clean-shaven.

The 16-year-old student, Mohammad Salim, had already lost a state court battle over his right to grow a beard, which he believes is required by his Islamic faith.

Leading Muslim clerics were angry over Justice Markandeya Katju’s observation that growing a beard was akin to promoting “Talibanization” in the country.

Maulana Mehmood Madni, a member of India’s upper house of parliament and a Muslim leader, said that Indian Muslim scholars “are vehemently opposed to Taliban and its dangerous agenda.”