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Indian school principal forces Muslim boy to recite Hindu prayer

BANGALORE: A 15-year-old Muslim boy studying in a south Bengaluru school faced humiliation after he was forced to recite some Sanskrit verses during official prayer.

According to Hindustan Times report, Naushad Kashimji’s (name changed) school adopted a few Sanskrit shlokas as its official prayer for the morning assembly this academic year. Last week, when Kashimji’s principal caught him and a few other Muslim students for not singing the prayer, they were punished for it.

“I was humiliated in front of 1,200 students and my constitutional right was violated. She made us go on stage and forced us to sing the prayer in front of everybody. She scolded me in front of everyone on the mike when I mispronounced a few Sanskrit words,” said the remarkably articulate Kashimji.

Outraged by the incident, his mother along with activists of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) approached the school and tried to lodge a complaint with the principal.

“The principal acted like she didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. She kept saying that prayer was important to instill values and discipline in students. She just didn’t understand when we tried to explain that we belong to a different faith,” Kashimji’s mother told the paper.

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