Parents Lodge Police Complaint Over Kids Reciting ‘Kalma’ in Kanpur School

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Kanpur: A private school in Kanpur has landed in controversy after its students were allegedly made to recite the ‘Kalma’ as part of the morning prayers, reported news agency IANS. Parents and some Hindu outfits staged a demonstration and lodged a complaint with the police which then intervened in the matter and asked the school to stop the practice.Also Read – Delhi-Meerut Expressway: Two-wheelers, Autos, Tractor Trolleys To Be Fined Heavily. Deets Inside

Established in 2003, The Florets School students in Kanpur have been reciting the Gayatri Mantra, Gurubani which is part of Sikhism, and Islamic verse, and other religious verses in the morning assembly. The practice has been going on for a decade now, but suddenly right-wing activists raised objections to the practice, the IANS report added. They alleged that the school is forcing religion on students. Also Read – UP: 10-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shot Dead by Friend While Playing Hide And Seek

No intention of promoting single religion: School principal

School principal Sumit Makhija said after the controversy, the management has now decided to stick only to the national anthem during the morning assembly. “There is surely no intention of promoting any one religion,” the principal clarified. Also Read – Give COVID Compensation to Kin of Patients Who Die During Treatment: Allahabad High Court

“It has been a practice at this school for years. The school diary has verses of all major religions including Hindu, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam written in the diary. Reciting verses was started as a practice to give equal respect to all religions. Now all of a sudden, a group of Hindu radicals and some parents have opposed it,” she told reporters on Monday. Meanwhile, school authorities have said they will sort out the matter with the concerned parents.

(With inputs from IANS)

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