Srinagar: Amid brewing anger and rage, a senior government official in Srinagar on Sunday wrote to the J&K police to register a case against a Delhi based publisher and Srinagar based distributor over a social studies book for class VII containing content of a very sensitive nature, it was reported on Monday.
The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has already barred the schools in the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh from using the textbook of History and Civics edition 2020 published by JAY CEE publications New Delhi for Class 7th.
An illustration of angel Gabriel and Prophet Mohammad was depicted in a school book which instantly sparked anger in the Kashmir valley.
Additional District Magistrate Srinagar, Syed Haneef Balkhi on Sunday wrote to the Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar to register FIR against the publisher and distributor of Class 7th social studies textbook published by JAY CEE Publications (P) Ltd, New Delhi.
“…the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Srinagar informed this office that a Delhi based Publishing House, JAY CEE Publications has published a social studies book for class 7th wherein content of a very sensitive nature has reportedly been published and is in circulation. The said book is being stocked and distributed by Paradise Book Shop, Parraypora Srinagar,” Balki wrote to SSP Srinagar. “ Keeping in view the above, it is requested to take stern action against the said publishing house as well as the distributor of the book as per law.”
On Sunday, the Director of the concerned Publication House had tendered an apology over “unintentional mistake” in the book.
Noted Islamic scholars had hit out at the publication for an illustration in the book which they said has shocked the entire Muslim community.