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Will send parents to jail who do not send their kids to school: U.P Minister

In a totally absurd and farcical statement, Uttar Pradesh Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said that he will ensure that the parents who do not send their children to school will be taken to police station and will be made to starve for five days. U.P Minister didn’t stop here; the minister went on to make more brazen statement that they will draft their own laws in the state.

In a video that is going viral on the social media, the minister is reportedly seen addressing a party gathering and speaking vociferously against those who failed to send their kids to schools.

The term ‘divyangjan’ is used to refer to physically challenged persons. “I am going to enact a law of my choice. If wards of poor do not get to school, their parents will be forced to sit in police stations for five days. They will neither be given food nor water,” Rajbhar said at Rasda area here yesterday.

“If you (parents) do not send them (children) to school, you will be picked up by police…Till now your leader, your son, your brother was trying to make you understand. If you do not pay heed, I will continue to make you understand for six months more,” he said.

Giving mythology example, the minister said like Lord Rama had to take-up arms when his prayers went in vain to build a bridge to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, “stern steps were required against the parents unwilling to send their kids to schools.”

As the video stoked a controversy, the minister today stood firm on his statement. “I stick to my statement. What wrong am I saying if I am threatening to send them to jail? Why are they not sending children to schools when the government is providing all facilities for education,” he asked.

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