Controversy Over Forced Yoga Day Participation in Jammu and Kashmir

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti criticized the Jammu and Kashmir administration for allegedly forcing employees, including pregnant women, to participate in International Yoga Day events at odd hours. The administration denied the allegations, saying all participants volunteered. Prime Minister Modi is set to lead the main event. The administration emphasized that no employees were compelled and provided comfort measures for participants.

PTI | Srinagar | Updated: 20-06-2024 21:09 IST | Created: 20-06-2024 21:09 IST
Controversy Over Forced Yoga Day Participation in Jammu and Kashmir
Mehbooba Mufti
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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday condemned the Jammu and Kashmir administration for allegedly coercing employees, including pregnant women, into attending the International Yoga Day event during inconvenient hours.

Contrary to these claims, the administration maintained that attendance was voluntary and no employee was forced to participate against their will.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spearhead the primary International Yoga Day celebrations at an event in SKICC today. Mufti's remarks were initially prompted by a post from Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat, who highlighted that female government employees were summoned at 4 am, an arrangement deemed impractical and unfair.

The J&K Director Colleges dismissed the allegations as misinformation, assuring that participants were provided with long tunics to ensure their comfort and that pregnant employees or those with medical conditions were never required to join the event.

Officials urged the public to obtain verified facts to avoid spreading false narratives and unnecessary alarm.

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