School in the eye of religious storm
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, April 9: The Kerala Samajam Model School in Golmuri prevented a primary class student from attending class because he was wearing a turban. As soon as the child’s family members heard of the incident, they, along with members of the Sikh community reached the school and opposed the move vehemently. The school management had to backtrack on their decision and allowed the child to enter class. The school management clarified that it had no objection to Sikh children wearing turbans but the action taken was against a particular child. Police were also called in to intervene in the matter.
The district BJP spokesman Ankit Anand condemned the action of the KSMS authorities and termed it as a humiliation of the Sikh community whose history spoke of valor. “Perhaps, the teachers are not well groomed in history. They have no knowledge of religious faiths,” he said.
The BJP district spokesman said the school teachers had no right to hurt religious practices and sentiments. He further said, “The KSMS management boast of providing quality education to students while they forget the religious traits and glory that the Sikh community has won for the country. The teachers lack knowledge of religion and religious practices resulting in such grievous errors.” He demanded immediate action by the district administration on this issue.
Ankit went on to accuse private schools of violating rules and several acts of constitutional rights. “Cases of Hindu practices and traditions have being thwarted by private school authorities are aplenty since the past one year. It is due to the lack of administrative steps that such intolerable incidents have been taking place. A case in point is a prominent English medium private school in Sakchi had prevented a student from attending school because he had applied a religious tilak on his forehead. A girl student had also been meted out the same treatment for having applied henna designs on her hands. As disciplinary action against them, the school management had suspended them,” the BJP district spokesman pointed out. He said that such practices of preventing traditional religious acts were negative indications and the district administration should take stern steps against the erring school managements.