JNN 04 Jan 2014 Bombay : A decision by different schools in India’s southern tropical state of Kerala to ban Muslim students from getting a permission to attend Friday Prayer has triggered a row, after hundreds of parents opposed the discriminatory decision.
T P M Ibrahim Khan, president of the Kerala CBSE School Management Association was quoted by The Times of India on Wednesday, January 1: “After the age of 10, it is recommended for Muslim boys to go to mosque on Friday. Parents are eager to see that children’s religious values are not compromised. Schools can be strict with students if they misuse the facility, but they can’t stop this.”
Claiming student’s irresponsible behaviors, several schools have banned their students from attending Friday Prayer during the school day.
Schools administrators in Kerala’s coastal state of Kochi claimed that the decision followed the finding that some students used the permission to eat at restaurants after the Friday Prayer, delaying them from returning to school on time.
While some schools have abolished the permission, other schools have allowed students to leave for Friday Prayer on condition that their parents escort them.
For this academic year, about 250 Muslim parents have raised requests to T P M Ibrahim Khan, the president of Kerala CBSE School Management Association, to grant their children the prayer permission.
Muslims account for 160 million of India’s 1.1 billion people, the world’s third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan