NEW DELHI: Hearing to a petition filed by an 85-year-old advocate JC Seth over making Yoga compulsory in school education, the Supreme Court said that it cannot stop anyone from doing Yoga or force anyone to do Yoga.
Seth said that the credit for him standing in the court and arguing on a PIL at this age should go to Yoga, which he practiced. Seth wants the apex court to direct the Indian states making Yoga compulsory in schools and give a status similar to Article 21A, which guarantees free and compulsory education to children aged 6 to 14.
Earlier, the Supreme Court sought responses from the state-level education bodies on the PIL filed by Seth over introducing Yoga as a compulsory curriculum in schools.
However, noting that the court will be having a winter break from mid-December to first week of January, the petitioner moved the court over an early hearing of the PIL. Commenting on the PIL the Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi said “There is no need for the early hearing of the PIL. No one will stop you from doing Yoga, but we cannot force anyone to do Yoga”.
The court has directed Mr Seth to request for an early hearing next year in January and refrained him from further arguments.
Seth had argued that the National policy of Education, 1986, had suggested for implementation of yoga along with free education for Children adding that there was nothing religious about Yoga.