School Headmaster suspended for Iqbal's poem

Local Education Authorities suspended the headmaster of a Government School after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Hindu Yuva Vahini alleged that the teacher made students recite a religious prayer, i.e. Bache Ki Dua, a poem written by Allama Iqbal in 1902. The investigation conducted by the Block Education Officer revealed that the children of the primary school usually sang the poem during the morning assembly. District Magistrate Vaibhav Srivastava said that the headmaster was suspended because he did not make students sing the national anthem. However, Ali denied the allegations. “Students regularly sing the national anthem and the poem by Iqbal is part of the Urdu syllabus for classes one to eight,” he said. “VHP and Hindu Yuva Vahini workers held protests outside the school and at the collectorate, demanding my removal. I only got a poem, which is part of the government school syllabus, sung.” Ali added that students also chant patriotic slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident School
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident School Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Block Education Officer Victim's lawyer
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Date of incident: October 16, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Discrimination in Employment
  • Harassment
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Furqan Ali
    Name of Perpetrator VHP Members
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Pilibhit
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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