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Jehovah’s Witnesses refusing to sing national anthem: Suspensions were unconstitutional, the Supreme Court had held

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35 minutes ago, Jwanon said:


“The students who are Witnesses do not sing the Anthem though they stand up on such occasions to show their respect to the National Anthem,” it said. “They desist from actual singing only because of their honest belief and conviction that their religion does not permit them to join any rituals except it be in their prayers to Jehovah their God.” 

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1 hour ago, Jwanon said:



Praise be to Jehovah for releasing our young brothers from their trial and may he continue to do so 😌


This is from a case from 1985/1986.


It was reported, in a lengthy three-page article, in the Watchtower the following year:


Religious Freedom Upheld in India - Watchtower, 1 November 1987, pages 21 to 23

The August 11, 1986, Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi took millions by surprise. At a time when nationalism was running strong, few expected that the religious freedom of a mostly unknown religious minority would be respected. But after a close examination of the facts, India’s highest court decreed that the children of Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be compelled to sing the national anthem.

V. J. Emmanuel, whose three minor children, Bijoe, Binu Mol, and Bindu, were expelled from school, sought legal remedy.


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