Bombay HC questioned what’s the harm if Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation makes Surya namaskar compulsory in all civic schools in Mumbai.
The court said that when it was replying to a public interest litigation file by Kurla resident Masood Ansari, a former corporator. He had urged the court to quash the resolution passed by BMC’s General Body on August 23.
The petition said the students are minors and violates their fundamental rights and is illegal and mala fide.
“Several students belonging to religions other than Hindu may have their different religious orientations and imposing surya namaskar compulsorily will amount to violations of the Right to Education and Freedom of Religion,” it stated.
Further, the petition stated that surya namaskar is to be performed on empty stomach whereas children go to school after having breakfast.
Ansari advocate Anjali Awasthi said,”Therefore, it will not be proper for them to perform this exercise during morning prayers,” she said. She argued that the resolution also makes its compulsory to chant certain mantras. However, Justice Chellur said 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 court has posted the hearing in the last week of September.