Headmistress Suspended over Namaz in Class in Karnataka

The education department had taken action after members of the Hindutva outfits held protests inside the school on Sunday.


Uma Devi, the school headmistress of the Mulbagal Someswara Palaya Bale Changappa Government Kannada Model Higher Primary School in Kolar district has been suspended after a video of some students offering namaz in a classroom on Friday went viral.

After the video became viral, members of the Hindu outfits held protests inside the school on Sunday. After this incident the Kolar district administration then ordered an inquiry which led to the suspension of Uma Devi.

According to the report by Indian Express, Block Education Officer Girijeswari Devi has said- “We had sent a four-member team to the school to conduct an inquiry and found that the headmistress has made a mistake by giving students permission to conduct namaz in the school on Friday.”

“Muslims students are given permission to offer namaz during the break and usually they come back after that. But there is no permission to conduct prayers on the school campus, hence we suspended the headmistress,” she said. “There is no provision to offer any kind of religious prayers in government schools…. Hence this action had been taken.”

The headmistress had earlier said that she had not given permission to the students to offer namaz in the classroom. “Students offered namaz themselves in my absence,” she had said.

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