Supreme Court of India has dismissed a BJP spokesperson’s public interest litigation (PIL) to make yoga compulsory in schools for students of classes 1-8. The court stated that it cannot decide what is to be taught in schools and it is for the government to take a decision on such issue.
According to the India Today, a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said: “We are nobody to say what is to be taught in schools. It is none of our business. How can we direct that? What is to be taught in schools is not a fundamental right.”
Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson and J C Seth were the petitioners who had petitioned that students of Class 1-8 be provided “standard textbooks of ‘yoga and health education” in the spirit of “various fundamental rights such as the right to life, education and equality.”
The court said that the fundamental right to education for a citizen does not include yoga and also the court cannot design school curriculum.
The plea had said “State has an obligation to provide health facilities to all the citizens, especially to children and adolescents. In a welfare state, it is an obligation of the State to ensure the creation and sustenance of conditions congenial to good health.”