HINDU students have been told to avoid attending a Hindu temple in their school because their parents fear reprisals for speaking out about it.
The teachers at Rajkot and Nainital schools have asked students to avoid any temple gatherings, including any scheduled religious events, and have instructed their parents to be more cautious, according to a letter obtained by NDTV.
“We strongly advise the parents to respect this difference, as it will bring a good result in the long run.””
The letter went on to say that “we are not sure what the reaction from the parents will be, but we do know that it will not be positive”.”
We strongly advise the parents to respect this difference, as it will bring a good result in the long run.”
The letter went on to say that “we are not sure what the reaction from the parents will be, but we do know that it will not be positive”.
The parents of the children are “deeply worried” that the issue will lead to conflict and “may cause some tension in their family, friends and classmates”, it added.
The letter also advised the parents not to talk to their children about the issue.
“Please do not do anything that may provoke or cause any unnecessary tension, or anger or ill-will in your children.”
The Hindu group Haldar Vedam has asked parents of children in the school to “speak up” against the decision, which it described as “disgraceful”.
“It is the parents who are responsible for the situation and their responsibility to speak up against this shameful decision.
This has been happening for the last three years,” Vedam’s director Rajesh Kumar told NDTV on Sunday.
The move comes after a series of incidents in the country, including the killing of a Hindu man, and the recent killing of two Sikh men.
Last month, a mob lynched a Hindu youth who was walking down a street in the southern state of Kerala in what the state’s Chief Minister described as an “intolerance” attack.
In September, a Hindu couple was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s Indian-administered Kashmir.
The Hindu community in India has been protesting against a series in recent years against rising tensions between Hindus, Muslims and Christians, with many of the protests centred around religious symbols and temples.
A new bill in New Delhi is being pushed to amend a 2015 law that allows private schools to be used for non-mainstream religious activities.
The law, which is expected to be passed by the Indian Parliament, would allow non-religious education to be taught in public schools in schools where there are no other options available.
In recent years, Hindu parents have spoken out against what they described as intolerance in the public schools.
In October last year, a group of Hindu parents at Rajdhani Hindu Grammar School in Mumbai’s suburb of Karimnagar held a rally against the ban on Hindu rituals in public education.
The parents have argued that the ban violates the principle of secularism and is a violation of the constitutional guarantee of free speech.