An eight-year-old boy, who studies in a well-known school in the NCR, left his mother stumped as he tossed an unusual question at her after coming from school: Are Muslims bad people?
The mother was left speechless for a few minutes, according to a family friend.
“Initially she was taken aback by such question. Then she patiently asked her son who told him this. The boy said his classmate from another community in the school told him that Muslims are bad people. The mother said one should not be worried with such questions. There is nothing like this. Muslims are good people,” said the family friend.
This not something new as parents have lamented of such complaints in other schools too. Many a time parents said they faced hostile administration when they try to take permission for allowing their girls to wear hijab or cover their heads. A man who visited Okhla to meet his friends said: “One has to sensitise the children about such things. One day my son who studies in a topnotch school came from school very depressed claiming that his friends call him Pakistani and at times even terrorist,” he said.
Though there is no documentation of such cases many parents feel that religious targeting is increasing in schools.
It is another story that many such incidents go unnoticed as Muslim parents prefer not to file complaint with school or teachers fearing that their children would be targeted further.