Indian Supreme Court rejects mandatory school yoga petition

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Children in India will not be forced to do yoga at school, the Supreme Court has ruled. Photo: india.com

Dismissing a petition seeking to make yoga mandatory in schools, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice MB Lokur said on Tuesday that decisions regarding what is taught in schools falls within the domain of the legislature and not the court, according to media reports.

The bench stated, “There is a fundamental right to education but there is no fundamental right to do yoga under this right. We can’t decide what is to be taught. It’s for the government to do.” 

The petitioners, Delhi BJP spokesperson and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and JC Seth, asked the court to order the Ministry of Human Resources Development, NCERT, NCTE and CBSE to “provide standard textbooks for yoga and health education for students of Class 1-8 keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as right to life, education and equality.” 

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