Follow Us:
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Karnataka school headmistress suspended over namaz in class

Last Sunday, pro-Hindu outfits barged inside the school and held a protest after a purported video went viral where a few Muslim students were seen performing namaz.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 28, 2022 3:36:52 am
A screengrab of the video that shows police and school officials.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT authorities have suspended the headmistress of a government school in Kolar district of Karnataka following outrage from Hindu outfits over Muslim students being allowed to offer namaz prayers inside the classroom.

Last Sunday, members of the Hindu outfits barged into the Mulbagal Someswara Palaya Bale Changappa Government Kannada Model Higher Primary School and held protests after a video purportedly of some students offering namaaz in a classroom on Friday went viral.

The Kolar district administration then ordered an inquiry, following which Block Education Officer (BEO) Girijeswari Devi suspended Uma Devi, the school headmistress.

BEO Girijeswari Devi told The Indian Express, “We had sent a four-member team to the school to conduct an inquiry and found that the headmistress has made a mistake by giving students permission to conduct namaz in the school on Friday.”

Best of Express Premium

UPSC CSE Key – May 19, 2022: What you need to read todayPremium
Why Satyajit Ray is still the saviour for the Bengali film industryPremium
On marital rape, regressive notions undermine autonomy of womenPremium
Inflation up, FMCG firms hike rates, cut pack volume and weightPremium

“Muslims students are given permission to offer namaz during the break and usually they come back after that. But there is no permission to conduct prayers on the school campus, hence we suspended the headmistress,” she said. “There is no provision to offer any kind of religious prayers in government schools…. Hence this action had been taken.”

The headmistress had earlier said that she had not given permission to the students to offer namaz in the classroom. “Students offered namaz themselves in my absence,” she had said.


State Education Minister B C Nagesh, who had also ordered an investigation, said such incidents should not happen in school. “No institution can allow such things. We will take strict action based on the report,” he had said.

For all the latest Bangalore News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard