And 11-year old Malaysian boy died after suffering from terrible abuse in an Islamic school. The beatings were so bad that his legs had to be amputated. He died on Wednesday.
The injuries were sustained when an assistant warden of the religious Islamic school whipped his legs with a water hose. This assistant warden was arrested on Saturday. This resulted in his legs becoming blackened, swollen and infected.
Two weeks later, the boy entered the hospital where he slipped into a coma after his legs were amputated in an attempt to staunch the spread of infection. He passed away shortly after.
Although Malaysia does have a lot of Muslims, barbaric Islamic schools that allow such cruel beatings that result in the death of their students should not be allowed to exist.
This case has spurred the Malaysian government to take a closer look on these Islamic schools.
The majority of such schools are privately run, so it is difficult for the government to create guidelines for them, but it looks like they just discovered how necessary that actually has become.
Such schools, child and education activists say, are mostly privately run and registered with state religious departments rather than the education ministry, which has strict guidelines on corporal punishment for students.
“To this day, we do not know who are actually in charge of regulating tahfiz schools,” Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, chairman of the Parent Action Group for Education, told Reuters. Prime Minister Najib Razak, who on Tuesday announced a 30 million ringgit (£5.4 million) fund to develop tahfiz education, expressed his condolences.
“I would like the investigation into this case to be speeded up and for legal action to be taken if any offences were committed,” he said on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The case follows controversy over a proposed bill that would have introduced stricter forms of the Islamic penal code, including punishments such as whipping. Najib, who had previously expressed support for the bill, announced last month that the ruling coalition had decided not to table the bill in parliament.