‘Gangster’ of Indian school definition: How do we define gangsters?
The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an attempt to ban the definition of gangsters in schools as part of a landmark judgment on school definition.
The court was hearing the plea of three members of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) who were seeking the definition to be banned in the education sector.
The petition was filed by the Muslim Parents’ Association (MPOA) along with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a private body representing Muslim parents.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar had last month directed the Centre to clarify the definition.
The Centre had on February 15, 2017, said it was committed to ensuring that the definition is “properly and efficiently implemented” in the national education system.
“The definitions of gangster, criminal and criminal conspiracy are used for the purpose of framing legislation,” the apex court had said.
The judges said the definition, which has been adopted by states, “has been formulated and promulgated in haste, without adequate deliberation and deliberation is in violation of the provisions of the Constitution and cannot be validly adopted”.
They had sought clarification on the definition from the Centre on whether it was to be taken up in the framework of the school definition and whether it should be made mandatory.
The judges had in May last year also directed the Central Government to provide the Centre with a list of “top ten” criteria for the definition as it was a matter of “serious concern”.