Bajrang Dal protests after teacher of missionary school in Tripura confiscates wristband with religious symbol from student | India News – DollarJob

Bajrang Dal protests after teacher of missionary school in Tripura confiscates wristband with religious symbol from student | India News

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A group of Bajrang Dal activists on Tuesday staged a protest after a teacher of a private Christian missionary-run school in Tripura allegedly prohibited a student from wearing a wristband adorned with a Hindu symbol and confiscated it. The activists said the act hurt religious sentiments.

A statement issued by the school later said, “The student reported the matter to his father. The parent concerned informed the principal about the incident by phone the same evening, and the school principal assured the parent of prompt action as soon as possible. The principal told the parent to meet the vice-principal at 11 am on February 20 as he was out of the station.”

The statement added, “The child’s father and a group of people met the vice principal (on the same day). The vice-principal agreed to the child’s father’s demand that the wristband be put back on the child’s wrist by the same teacher who removed it. The teacher put the wristband back on the child’s hand.”

Speaking to the media, a Bajrang Dal leader said, “Religious inhibitions are being created in the lives of adolescent children in these missionary-run schools. Such acts later go on to pose troubles in the natural growth of children.”

He added, “A lady teacher of the Holy Cross School at the Durjoynagar area of Agartala prohibited a student from wearing a wristband adorned with the Hindu symbol of Om. We believe this is not an attack on the religious belief of that boy alone, it’s an attack on the Hindu religion. It is against the culture, tradition, religious sentiments and Constitutional rights of this country. We will not tolerate such acts.”

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The leader also said a delegation, including a parent of the aggrieved student, met the school’s vice-principal and demanded the teacher to be instructed to put the band back on the student’s wrist.

Dr. Manoj Nath, a faculty member at the state government-run Women’s College at Agartala and father of the aggrieved student, told mediapersons that his elder brother had got the wristband from Somnath Temple in Gujarat.

“My son has been studying in this school for six years since he was in second standard. He is now in Class 8. A lady teacher and some students prevented my son from wearing the wristband. The teacher also confiscated the wristband,” Nath said.

He also alleged that the same teacher had earlier prevented other students from sporting similar accessories that sported religious symbols and added that children are being groomed with a “narrow mindset”.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Holy Cross School Principal Rev Jilson Tom termed the incident “unfortunate”, and said, “The school management regrets that this happened, and we disapprove of such behaviour from any of our staff. We have always held the secular nature of our school very high and respected all religious sentiments. Our policies always uphold secular values. We request the people whose feelings have been hurt to consider this a stray incident. We promise to uphold every citizen’s right and ensure religious freedom on our campus.”

The Bajrang Dal protesters also said that the principal and hostel warden of another campus of the Holy Cross School at Kumarghat in Tripura’s Unakoti district were earlier arrested in 2019 after the death of a tribal student studying in Class IX in the school.



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