BENGALURU : The Karnataka Wakf Board has demanded that the state education department should permit Muslim students to celebrate Eid Milad in schools like the Ganesh festival is celebrated.
However, Minister B C Nagesh stated on Thursday that no religious function is allowed in schools. Such a permission has not been given so far and the demand of the Wakf Board will not be considered.
Nagesh said that the celebration of the Ganesh festival has not been introduced by the BJP government. The idols of Lord Ganesh have been kept in schools since the pre-independence period.
Shafi Saadi, Chairman of the Wakf Board, demanded that, “there should be an opportunity for the celebration of festivals of our religion. Children belonging to all religions must have equal rights.
The Wakf Board had also demanded that the education department reserve a separate room in schools to perform namaz.
“During the hijab crisis also we had clarified that misunderstandings must be allayed through creating awareness about religious matters. Like the Ganesh festival is celebrated, a room should be kept for the practise of Islam,” he maintained. — IANS