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Court rejects compulsory religious education in schools

Luckonw: Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court consisting of Justice A. P. Shahi and Justice Vijay Lakshmi, in response to a PIL by Hindu Front for Justice requesting that education of the Qur’an and other religious books should be made compulsory in the syllabi of primary to post graduate classes, while rejecting the PIL, ruled that the court cannot issue any such order to government in this matter. The lawyer of Hindu Front for Justice’s secretary (Ms.) Ranjana Agnihotri and 14 others, Hari Shankar Jain had stated in his arguments on behalf of the Hindu Front that on international scale Islam is being associated with terrorism because people have very little or no knowledge about Islam and its teachings and because of this Islam is being defined and presented in a wrong and distorted manner. He furhter said that true and complete knowledge about Islam, its teachings and Hadees can be had only if its teachings can be made compulsory in all classes from primary to post graduate so that all students who will be future citizens of the country, could know its true message. The Court, while rejecting this PIL, however admitted that religious books play an important role in making men and women good human beings.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 14

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