Ever wondered going to school and told to make Shiv lings by teachers. Well, for those who find it hard to comprehend, it actually happened at a government school in Madhya Pradesh. Nearly 100 Muslim girl students of Kamla Nehru Girls Higher Secondary School in Bhopal boycotted a workshop, where they were asked to make Shivlings aka Shiva Lingams from clay. Reports also say that the principal told them to take part in the workshop if they want good marks in exams.

“If you wish to score good marks in the examination and desire to get a good job, then prepare a Shivling with utmost dedication,” reports The Quint quoting principal Nisha Kamrani. According to the report, Muslim students were allegedly locked in a separate classroom for protesting against the move. When the girls did not relent, they were send to their homes.

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Though the workshop happened in presence of officials from education department, no one opposed the religious activity within the school premises. A priest was also present who performed Yagna to chanted Sanskrit verses on microphone to grace the occasion.

While some teachers also participated in the Puja, which was organised to mark the auspicious month of sawan, some were uncomfortable with the activity. “Conducting such religion-specific activity was not appropriate,” a teacher told Quint on condition of anonymity.

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However, there were other students who performed the task of making Shivlings. Later a bhandara(feast) was also organised by the school authorities.

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