Headmaster teaches Urdu prayer to children in Uttar Pradesh, suspended

The Hush Post | 6:50 pm | One-minute read

A government-run school’s headmaster in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh was suspended on a complaint by Vishwa Hindu Parishad that he was teaching Urdu prayer to students.

The headmaster of Bisalpur Primary School, Furkan Ali, has contested against his suspension saying that the students also recite Hindu prayers like “saraswati vandana” and “Itni shakti humein dena data”.

According to the reports, the local unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad alleged that Furkan was forcing children, mostly the ones belonging to the majority community, to recite the prayer which is recited at the madrassas.

“Lab pe aati hai dua” was the prayer which was being recited, they reportedly said.

The district magistrate said, “They gave a memorandum to the Sub-divisional magistrate that orders should be given for recital of ‘saraswati vandana’ in the morning prayers.”

Furkan Ali was suspended with immediate effect and also and an inquiry was ordered by the Basic Shiksha Adhikari into the matter.

However, the headmaster termed his suspension unjustified and said that some of the people were trying to give it a communal color.


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