2 teachers under fire for printing blasphemous sketches

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

New Delhi : A highly sensitive issue was simmering and simmering and it came
to a boil when an imaginary sketch of Prophet Muhammad (peace be with him) was
discovered in a Hindi question paper meant for Test of the pupils of First Unit
of Std. III in Hamdard Public School here, Urdu daily Hindustan
reported Sunday.

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Taking urgent notice of the incident, the
school administration formed an enquiry committee headed by Professor Syed
Aftab Ahmad Zaidi, who probed into the matter very keenly. On the basis of the
findings of the committee the class teacher Ms Jaya Deva and examination
in-charge Ms Safiya Tariq were suspended.

The question was set under the supervision
of the class teacher on the basis of Hindi textbook published by Indira Gandhi
National Open University (IGNOU). Though the chapter dealing with the Prophet
(peace be with him) and his holy Companions present all their salient qualities
but the publisher has included their imaginary sketches at four places in the

The chief patron of the school and renowned
educationist Sayyid Hamid told the paper that the school administration has
decided to formally lodge a complaint with IGNOU with a request to drop the
objectionable sketches from the textbook.

He however did not tell the paper why the
school prescribed such a book containing objectionable sketches.