The National Commission For Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognizance of the incident where a teacher of 'Orchids The International School' at Bengaluru allegedly attempted to promote Islam among minor students while teaching them.
The issues had come to light in the month of January through a viral video of a girl child saying that her maths teacher had asked students to pray to Allah when they were finding it difficult to understand the subject. The teacher allegedly told the students to "join their hands in bowl shape" and place it on their faces after praying to Allah.
The girl also said in the video that when Hindu students objected, the teacher told the students that "Allah is a better God".
The school had issued a press release saying that they investigated the matter by checking the CCTV footage from the class and found the allegations to be false. The school had said in the release that the teacher was teaching students "eye palming exercise" to help children "rest their eyes due to the screen time".
Thereafter, another video was released by the father of the child where the child distinguishes between how the eye exercise is done and what the teacher made them do.
NCPR has now issued the notice pursuant to a complaint by Legal Rights Protection Forum.
"In view of the allegations stated in the complaint, it is observed that there is prima facie contravention of Article 25 and Article 28(3) of the Indian Constitution, provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 Commission deems appropriate to take cognizance under Section 13(1)(i) of CPCR Act, 2005, in the said matter", the Commission states in its notice issued on Wednesday.
The notice has been issued to the Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Bangalore asking to initiate an inquiry and take necessary action to lodge an FIR in the matter. The Commission has sought an 'action taken report' within seven days of receipt of the notice.