FIR Against UP School Principal for Telling Students to Dress Up and Say 'Happy Eid'

New Delhi: The principal of a private school in Jhunsi in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad district was booked on Wednesday, May 4 for allegedly telling students to dress up in ‘Eid attire’ and send the school a 20-second video of them saying ‘Happy Eid’, the Indian Express reported.

Bushra Mustafa, principal of the Nyaya Nagar Public School in Jhunsi’s Havelia area, was booked on the basis of a complaint filed by one Lalmani Tiwari, the zonal in-charge of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Gau Rakhsa Vibhag.

In the complaint, Tiwari accused Mustafa of making the students record videos of them “dressed up in salwar-kurta with an ‘Eid cap’ for boys” and “salwar-kurta with dupatta for girls” wherein the students were told to say ‘Happy Eid’.

Tiwari, in his complaint, claimed that the principal’s message caused anger among those who belonged to different religions.

“School Principal Bushra Mustafa is a Muslim woman who has a communal thinking and she has misused her position,” the newspaper quoted the complaint as saying.

Further, the complaint called Mustafa’s actions a part of a “conspiracy” meant to hurt religious sentiments and “ruin the atmosphere of schools and colleges.” It even compared the instructions for the Eid videos to the hijab row in Karnataka, saying that the latter was done to “ruin communal harmony”.

In January this year, a college in Karnataka’s Udupi had barred women students from attending classes wearing hijab. The college’s order was supplemented by a similar order by the state government, leading to protests from the Muslim women students, consequent protests from Hindu students and eventually, a nation-wide issue. In March, the Karnataka high court upheld the government’s order.