Supreme Court: People can’t be forced to do yoga

Seth informed the bench that all the state governments and their education boards, in addition to the CBSE and the ICSE, have now been made parties to his plea.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:December 15, 2015 3:06 am
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The Supreme Court on Monday observed that people cannot be forced to do yoga and that the question of fundamental right would arise only if somebody is prevented from doing it.

“Who is preventing you (petitioner) from doing yoga? You can claim violation of your fundamental right only if somebody prevents you from doing it…you cannot force people to do yoga,” said Chief Justice of India T S Thakur.

The remark by the CJI-led bench came as advocate J C Seth mentioned the matter before Justice Thakur for an early hearing of his petition that seeks positive directions from the apex court for introducing yoga as a compulsory subject in schools.

Seth informed the bench that all the state governments and their education boards, in addition to the CBSE and the ICSE, have now been made parties to his plea. He urged the CJI to let the matter be heard at an earliest possible date, pointing out the issue pertains to health and all round development of the children.

The CJI said the matter will retain its position and will be heard on January 12. However, Justice Thakur also asked Seth: “Do you do yoga every day? Does somebody stop you? How can people be forced to do it?” Seth responded he would satisfy the court when the matter is heard next.

Seth, relying upon the RTE Act and National Curriculum Framework 2005, has sought directions to develop curriculum, syllabus courses and textbooks for study of Yoga comprising ‘pranayama’ and also ‘asanas’ for all students from Class I to Class VIII.

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  1. B
    Dec 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm
    Force conversion is OK.
  2. C
    Chandrashekhar Deshpande
    Dec 15, 2015 at 1:03 am
    What a system which en-blocks even good things which touches the human health! There are lakhs of cases pending before the courts but no one is looking towards it and frivolous cases are being heard on urgency.
    1. M
      Dec 15, 2015 at 5:37 am
      Yoga is not a fundamental right, it is personal, if government is really concern of children's health they should ban alcohal,tabocco,&dirty films etc.
      1. M
        Dec 15, 2015 at 5:41 am
        Yoga is very good for health.other meaning for YOGA is--- You Only Go Alon.
        1. C
          Dec 15, 2015 at 6:31 am
          Yoga is quackery. It ruins mental health. Normal physical exercises are good. Linking the physical with the psychological and hypnotic is hazaradous. Government should appoint a professional Commission to study the evil effects.
          1. R
            Dec 16, 2015 at 8:30 am
            Then why did supreme court made helmet mandatory. Is it not against fundamental rights of someone? Its individuals wish to be safe or to take risk.
            1. J
              Jayashree Acharya
              Dec 15, 2015 at 11:37 am
              I don't think there is anything wrong in making something compulsory which is good for the kids. The present generation is found glued to boxes and are becoming couch potatoes..we would have drill compulsory in our school .why not yoga for an hour to our children which will benefit them. As a mother I support yoga for my kid.
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