Indian school faces criminal probe over Islamic prayers

A private school in India is being investigated by police under a controversial religious conversion law for holding multi-faith prayers that included the Islamic declaration of faith, an official said. said Tuesday.

A video on social media showed students at the Florets International School in Kanpur reciting prayers that included texts from four major religions – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism.

There were street protests in the city by some right-wing Hindu outfits and Hindu parents at the weekend.

Religious conversion has long been a flashpoint in India, which is majority Hindu but also has the second largest Muslim population in the world.

Communal tensions have at times run high and in recent years Hindu extremist groups as well as local governments run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have stepped up their attack against proselytisation. aggravation

The school is in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh state, which last year passed a law that criminalized all religious conversions without prior permission from the state – legislation that critics said was aimed at Muslims.

Police said on Tuesday that the school’s manager was being investigated under the religious offenses law following allegations by Hindu parents that the school was “preparing” students to convert to Islam.

“We acted on a complaint received from the Hindu parents protesting against the Islamic prayers,” Kanpur assistant police commissioner Nishank Sharma told AFP.

Sharma said an investigation has been opened but no arrests have been made yet.

The official stopped the practice of reciting religious texts in the school after the complaint.

The school rejected the allegation of conversion and insisted that the multi-faith prayers had been recited for more than a decade at the institution, aimed at instilling a sense of religious harmony among the students.

“We have been following the tradition since 2003 but no one objected. We stopped the prayers after some parents complained on Friday,” school principal Ankita Yadav, told reporters.

Many BJP-ruled states have passed laws against religious conversions amid claims by right-wing Hindu outfits that Islamic groups were conspiring to convert Hindus to increase India’s Muslim population.

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