Rajasthan HC rejects plea challenging implementation of Surya Namaskar in schools

The petition was filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind saying the Surya Namaskar programme in schools is unconstitutional as it violates Article 25 of the Constitution
Read details here | (Photo: Edex Live)
Read details here | (Photo: Edex Live)

Rajasthan High Court, today, Wednesday, February 14, rejected the petition filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind demanding the state government to withdraw its order to implement the practice of Surya Namaskar in schools.

As per a report by IANS, the court observed that Muslim forum is not a registered institution. 

“An organisation can file a petition in the high court only if it is registered or the petition can be filed in person,” the court said.

A separate petition has also been filed by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). The court said that their petition will be heard on Tuesday, February 20.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind petition reads that the Surya Namaskar programme in schools is unconstitutional and it violates Article 25 of the Constitution.

“Every person has been given freedom of religion under Article 25. This order of the government is a violation of a person's religious freedom. It should be cancelled, or it should not be implemented compulsorily and should be kept optional,” the petition reads.

State Education Minister Madan Dilawar said that he is not aware of these petitions. 

“Surya Namaskar is not a religious activity. Many countries of the world have accepted it. Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. Surya Namaskar is a kind of holistic yoga. It includes all types of yoga,” he said.

He said that the orders of the Education Department will be compulsorily applicable in all schools, added IANS.

“Everyone coming to school will have to do Surya Namaskar,” Dilawar added.

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