Send your children to school or end up in jail without food & water: UP minister

Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, IndiaUpdated: Oct 09, 2017, 07:51 AM IST

file photo of Om Prakash Rajbhar Photograph:(Zee News Network)

Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar has said parents who fail to send their children to schools will be locked up in police stations for five days without food and water.

Yesterday, in a video that went viral on social media, the minister of the Department of Backward Classes Welfare and the Department of Disabled People Development is seen speaking vociferously against parents who fail to send their children to schools.

"I am going to enact a law of my choice. If wards of poor do not go 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 in the Rasda area while addressing a party gathering.

"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.

After the video stroked a controversy, the minister stood firm on his statement and said, "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".