Asia’s largest Islamic seminary, the orthodox Darul Uloom Deoband has banned the use of multimedia mobile phones in a move to ward off “corrupting influence” on young students. Authorities of the institute even seized handsets of 14 students that had Internet access and cameras that were later destroyed. Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
Maulana Abdul Khalik, the deputy vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom said that the actions were taken after they had received complaints that students were misusing cellphones for “morally unacceptable purposes”. He went on to say that features like cameras and videos cause an adverse effect on academics, reports ToI. Also Read - iPhone users now get Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube videos worldwide
Deoband has had no complaints about such misuse of technology when it comes to laptops but has hinted that strict action will be taken if laptops are being misused as well.