FIR against the general director of the school caught in a storm over the recitation of religious prayers
An FIR was filed on Tuesday against the chief executive of a private school here after some right-wing parents and members objected to the recitation of Islamic verses during morning assembly.
”A case has been filed against Sumeet Makhija, Director General, Florets International School under IPC Section 295A (willful malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class) and Section 5( 1) of Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021,’ Deputy Commissioner of Police (Seesamau) Nishank Sharma said.
The case was registered following a complaint from a relative Ravi Rajpoot, he said. Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Surjeet Kumar Singh also visited the school and questioned Makhija on the instructions of the District Magistrate. The authorities have also been instructed to submit documents regarding the school and its building, Singh said. The school had stopped the recitation of religious prayers during morning assembly on Monday after right-wing protests against the inclusion of certain Islamic verses in the decade-old practice followed by the institution.
Florets International School announced a public holiday on Monday after workers from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a protest, claiming students were being forced to recite ‘Kalma Tayyab’.
“We had announced a public holiday on Monday after VHP and BJP workers staged a protest claiming that students were being forced to recite Kalma. It was also decided to keep the school closed for two more days on Tuesday and Wednesday,’ Makhija told PTI by phone. The school management had also maintained that the Gayatri Mantra and the Gurbani are also recited in the morning assembly as part of its ‘Sarva Dharma Samman’ (all religions are equal) philosophy.
The controversy erupted after a parent tweeted that students at the two-decade-old institution were ‘forced’ to recite ‘Kalima Tayyab’.
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