Christian Minority School in Tamil Nadu Punishes Students for Bursting Diwali Crackers, Putting Mehandi

Tiruchirappalli city police have launched an inquiry on a complaint lodged against Servite matriculation school at Keezhapudur by a parent whose son was punished by the school authorities for having burst crackers for Deepavali.

After the school reopened following the festival, as the morning assembly was on at Servite Matriculation School, members of the management appreciated a section of students for celebrating without setting off fireworks and insisted that those who set off fireworks apologize to nature for causing pollution. It is said that 7 students were singled out for this public shaming.

The Palakkarai police station under whose jurisdiction the school falls has issued a CSR (Community Service Register) upon receiving the complaint from S. Sethuraman against the school headmaster and physical education teacher. Mr. Sethuraman alleged that his son and a few other Hindu students were punished for having burst crackers for Deepavali, and that the action has caused them mental agony.

Parents gathered outside Servite school, Trichy (Credit: DailyThanthi.com)

The school authorities had reportedly told the police that they had only acted on the instructions given by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in ‘letter and spirit’.

A couple of parents, accompanied by representatives of the BJP’s Trichy unit, also came to the school and had a heated argument with the principal, Lilly Antony. They also lodged a complaint with the education department.

Physical Education teacher beats girl student for applying Mehandi

Another complaint has been lodged against the same school by a parent alleging that the physical education teacher had beaten up her daughter with a cane for having applied mardani (henna (mehandi). A CSR has also been issued based on the complaint with the police conducting inquiry into this as well.

There have been several instances in the past of Hindu students being punished or shamed in Christian schools, also known as convents, for observing religious rites and rituals at home.

  •  St. Joseph school in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu suspended two boy students for applying vibhuti (sacred ash) on forehead in preparation for the Sabarimalai pilgrimage.
  • Last year, St. Vincent Pallotti School in Bengaluru expelled a 3 year old LKG student because the child had a shikha (long tuft or lock of hair on the top or back of the head) as part of his family’s Hindu religious traditions. The principal of the school, Paul D’Souza, dismissed the pleas of the boy’s father, and justified the expulsion saying that the school rules did not allow such ‘superstitious practices’.
  • Hindu girls in Kanpur were severely punished by St Marys Convent for wearing Rakhee & applying mehandi.  The students were made to stand in the sun and forced to wash off the mehandi by rubbing on a stone, which led to bleeding from their hands.
  • Rs 500 fine imposed on a student for coming to Doveton School, Chennai with a Mehandi– a temporary Hindu  tattoo. The school is run by Doveton Protestant Schools Association, one of the oldest schools in Chennai.

Many of these Christian schools in Bharat get government funding, and all of them are exempt from the RTE act (which is causing Hindu-run schools to shut down) as they are considered ‘minority’. While Article 29 & 30 in the Constitution were drafted to allow minorities to run their own educational institutions and preserve their culture, subsequent amendments and interpretation of those articles by judiciary has created a situation where minority institutions are teaching children (of all faiths) to hate indigenous culture.

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(Source: thehindu.com, timesofindia.com, dailythanthi.com)


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