Source: News Bharati English12 Oct 2016 14:11:03

Beijing, October 12: Introducing new education rules in the Muslim populated region of Xinjiang in China, the Chinese Government on Wednesday announced that Parents and guardians who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to police.
According to the new education rules, parents or guardians cannot organise, lure or force minors into attending religious activities. The rule is to come into effect from November 1 of this year. “Neither should they promote extremist beliefs in children, nor force them to dress in extremist clothing or other symbols”, stated the new rule, which imitated the style of previous rules against beards for men or head coverings for women.

In the recent years, Hundreds of people have died in Xinjiang, which is home to the Muslim Uygur people. The unrest of the region is blamed on Islamist militants and separatists, although rights group’s activists claim that violence is more a reaction to repressive Chinese policies.

On the other hand, the Government denies any human right anuses in the Xinjiang region and claims that legal, cultural and religious rights of the Uygur people are fully protected. In the recent years, China has officially guaranteed freedom of religion in Xinxiang, although minors are not supposed to participate in religious activity and authorities have cracked down on underground Muslim religious schools (madrassas) in the region.

“Any group or person has the right to stop these kinds of behaviours and report them to the public security authorities; any form of religious activity in school is also banned,” the government said in the rules. Schools must guide students away from separatism and extremism, to create an environment that esteems science, seeks the truth, refuses ignorance [and] opposes superstition”, the rules added.

Many Uyghurs hate the restrictions imposed by Government on their culture and religion, complaining that they are denied economic opportunities. China has locked up Uygurs who have campaigned for better treatment of their people, the most prominent being economics professor Ilham Tohti, jailed for life in 2014 on separatism charges.