New controversy breaks out over recital of Islamic verses in Karnataka school
A new controversy has been triggered in Karnataka over the forceful recital of Islamic prayers by students during Bakri Eid celebrations in a private school. Videos of the incident, which took place in the Jnanasagara International School in Channarayapatna town, have gone viral on social media.
Hundreds of children were made to recite verses of the Quran on the occasion. The video also shows students putting up a performance over the Bakri Eid festival and a teacher delivering a speech on it.
Many have objected to the management’s decision of making Hindus and Christian students recite Quran verses. Condemning the incident, the Hindu activists staged a protest on Friday.
Following the backlash, the school management on Saturday assured that such an incident would not be repeated in the future.
There were allegations that the students were made to offer namaz. The management has clarified that they have not forced the children to recite the Quranic verses and ‘namaz’ was not performed. It was done for creating harmony and integrity.
“Only three children from the Muslim community performed namaz while others sat closing their eyes,” the management maintained. The teachers claimed that the program was organized to introduce the celebration of religious festivals. It’s not only Bakri Eid, the cultural program would be organized on the occasion of all festivals of different religions,” the management clarified.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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