New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Friday, September 16 declined to grant an interim stay on a resolution taken up by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make ‘Surya Namaskar’ (Sun Salutation) and Yoga compulsory in civic schools.
The High Court reacted to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that challenged the August 23 resolution taken up by the Shiv Sena-BJP controlled BMC and sparked protests from the opposition parties calling it as a part of ‘saffronise’ education.
In the petition filed by Masood Ansari, a resident of Kurla says children attending the BMC-run schools mostly belong to poorer sections of society and come from all religions, castes and communities. It also states that the implementation of such rules will violate fundamental rights and is "malafide and bad in law".
Masood's advocate Anjali Awasthi argued and said, "Children go to school after having breakfast. Therefore, it will not be proper for them to perform this exercise during morning prayers."
Chief Justice Manjula Chellur said that there are various kinds of ‘surya namaskar’ and it remains to be seen which one BMC will make compulsory for students and if that particular kind of exercise is appropriate for them.
The Bombay High Court has however postponded the hearing to the last week of September.