New Delhi(web team): The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, a prominent Indian Muslim body, is planning to move court against the Maharashtra government’s decision to derecognise madrassas which do not teach subjects like science and mathematics.
According to an Indian Express report, the education wing of the organisation will move court against counting students who are not taught the above subjects at madrassas as ‘out of school’. They have sought legal opinion on the matter.
Mohammed Zahoor Ahmed, secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s education wing, said they would oppose the move strongly. “This is clearly saffronisation. The government should help madrassas and its students get formal education, not threaten to brand them as non-school and ‘out-of-school’ children. On the one hand, they introduce the madrassa modernisation project and on the other hand, they declare madrassas as non-schools. A number of students who studied in madrassas have been successful in competitive exams. The government must roll back the decision,” he said on Friday to the Indian Express.
Citing the Constitution, he claimed the state government’s decision contradicted it. “The move contradicts Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, which pertain to fundamental rights. Hence it gives us an option to move court against the decision. We are now seeking legal opinion following which we will file a public interest litigation against the state government,” he told The Indian Express.