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FIR against the general director of the school who taught kalma to children



Kanpur, Aug 2 (PTI) An FIR has been filed against the school principal of a private school in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, after parents objected to forcing children to read Kalma during morning prayers.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Sisamau) Nishank Sharma said an FIR has been registered against Sumit Makhija, Chief Executive of Florest International School, under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 5 (1) of the Uttar Pradesh Unlawful Conversion Prohibition Act, 2021. Was.

He said a case has been registered at Sisamau Police Station on the complaint of Ravi Rajput, the father of a child and an investigation has been opened into the matter.

On the instructions of the Kanpur District Magistrate, Basic Education Officer Surjit Kumar Singh also visited this school on Tuesday and questioned Makhija and others in this regard.

Singh said a written explanation was requested from the school management and they were also asked to submit documents regarding the school and its building.

Sumit Makhija told PTI by phone, “We stopped the religious prayer during the morning assembly due to objections from the children’s parents. We had declared a public holiday on Monday after the protest by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP workers. It was decided to keep the school closed for two more days, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the school management said that Gayatri Mantra and Gurbani are also chanted in the morning assembly as part of Sarva Dharma Samman Darshan.

Controversy erupted after a parent-of-one tweeted that children were being forced to sing Kalma Tayyab at the two-decade-old institution.

CPA (Sisamau) Nishank Sharma told PTI that soon after the tweet went viral on social media, the information was shared with the District Magistrate and other senior officials.

He said: “We interviewed Sumit Makhija and he clarified that prayers from four religions were offered to the children during the morning assembly. The school encouraged the chanting of Gayatri Mantra, Gurbani and Dua so that the children could learn that all religions are equal. This arrangement has been in place for over a decade.”