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Parents of Muslim girl who won Gita chanting contest forced to change her school

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Sep 18, 2017, 4:32 pm IST
Updated : Sep 18, 2017, 4:32 pm IST

Firdosh's father working in Saudi Arabia instructed her mother to admit the girl and her brother to another school following diktats.

A local cleric backed the decision alleging the children were forced to read the Gita (Photo: AFP)
 A local cleric backed the decision alleging the children were forced to read the Gita (Photo: AFP)

In an environment poisoned by incidents of communal hatred and violence, few individuals come across as hope for religious harmony and a better future. Among these is a Muslim girl named Firdaus from Odisha who made headlines and got a lot of love for securing first position in a Geeta chanting competition.

But in what can be described as a tragic turn of events, the student of Sovaniya Sikhyashram, who outperformed 55 others in the contest, has been forced to change her school. Her mother Arifa Bibi told the New Indian Express that she was withdrawn from school following a diktat from local clerics.

Most of the girl’s relatives and the clergy had expressed displeasure at Firdosh reading the ‘Gita’. Eventually her father who works in Saudi Arabia also instructed his wife to admit Firdaus and her brother to another school.

A local cleric told the daily that the decision to pull out the children from Sovaniya Sikhyashram was right alleging that they were forced to recite the Gita every day. He added that a school should give moral education and treat everyone as equal but Firdaus’s school was giving religious education.

The girl from Kendrapara town had won the competition in March and her mother had expressed happiness over Firdaus’s success.

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