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MUMBAI, Dec 15, 2015:

The Supreme Court told a yoga advocate who was petitioning to introduce yoga as a compulsory subject in schools, that people cannot be forced to do yoga.

According to The Indian Express, the court observed that people cannot be forced to do yoga and that the question of fundamental right would arise only if somebody is prevented from doing it.

“Who is preventing you (petitioner) from doing yoga? You can claim violation of your fundamental right only if somebody prevents you from doing it…you cannot force people to do yoga,” said Chief Justice of India T S Thakur.

Justice Thakur told advocate J C Seth this when he requested for an early hearing of his petition that seeks positive directions from the apex court for introducing yoga as a compulsory subject in schools.

Seth told the court that all the state governments and their education boards, in addition to the CBSE and the ICSE, have now been made parties to his plea.

He urged the court to let the matter be heard at an earliest possible date, pointing out the issue pertains to health and all round development of the children.

The court said the matter would retain its position and would be heard on Jan 12.

Justice Thakur asked Seth: “Do you do yoga every day? Does somebody stop you? How can people be forced to do it?”

Seth had sought directions to develop curriculum, syllabus courses and textbooks for study of Yoga comprising ‘‘pranayama’’ and also ‘‘asanas’’ for all students from Class I to Class VIII.

Read more at:http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/supreme-court-people-cant-be-forced-to-do-yoga/

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