Two teachers have been booked for forcing students to read Namaaz at Mewat Public School in Mewat district of Haryana.
The students complained to the principal that students in the hostel were forcing them to read Namaaz. They also revealed that two teachers, Mubarik and Mouinuddin, also forced the students to read Namaaz and pressured them towards converting to Islam.
The principal, along with the students, have now lodged a complaint with the DC of Nuh area in Mewat district. The DC has suspended both teachers and transferred one other teacher, Arif. He has also instructed the District Education Officer to form a three-member committee to probe into the matter.
The students who first approached the Vice-Principal of the school, Maniram Sharma, mentioned that their teacher, Mouinuddin, would force them to follow the traditions of Islam. The Principal of the school, Naveen Shakti, has said that the teachers forced the students to read Namaaz but did not clearly mention why the teachers were being suspended or transferred when asked.
In 2014, UDAAN, an all girls’ residential school, had opened in Mewat district which enrolled several Muslim village girls from the area who had never been to school. Basmeena Khan, then aged 14, was one of the lucky girls to get admitted into the school and was taught badminton along with regular school subjects. Mewat has a very high school dropout rate and many Muslim children are now leaving mosque-run schools to join public schools to get proper education.