Giridih (Jharkhand) – On 9th July, a minor student of Upgraded Govt Middle School Palmo (UGMSP) was brutally thrashed by the Headmaster Mohammad Abul Kalam for writing ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on the classroom’s blackboard. The incident was reported from the Palmo village in the Giridih District. UGMSP is a State-run school for Grades 1 to 8.
Jharkhand: State-run school’s headmaster Abul Kalam thrashes class 4 student for writing ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on blackboardhttps://t.co/uxGZ2RNqfW
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During the meeting, many other parents also accused Mohammad Abul Kalam of forcing their children to clean the school toilets. Many irate villagers castigated the Headmaster for torturing the young children studying in his school. Seeing the atmosphere heating up, the members of the Panchayat informed the local Mufassil Police station in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Information about the incident was also given to the District Education Officer, who ordered a probe in the case and assured strict action against the Headmaster if found guilty.
Islamisation of State-run schools in Jharkhand
Notably, Government schools in Jharkhand have recently been in the headlines for their steady Islamisation. Several State-run schools have reportedly been making modifications in response to the whims of the local Muslim population.
Recently it was reported how Sharia and Islamic practices were being imposed on the students of a State-run school in Jharkhand’s Garhwa District, with children being forbidden from praying with their hands joined. Then reports emerged on how State-run schools in areas like Jamtara and Dumka, which is the hometown of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, were being converted into Urdu schools, and the weekly offs changed from Sunday to Friday (Jumma).
In April, a ruckus ensued in the Government Jagannathpur Polytechnic College in Jharkhand after students chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans while celebrating ‘Nava Samvatsar’, the first day of Hindu New Year. It was reported that on 2nd April, a group of students gathered on the terrace of Jagannathpur Polytechnic College’s residential hostel building to celebrate the first day of the Hindu New Year. Students celebrated and chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans, which infuriated some ‘secular’ students and those from a ‘particular community.’ These students complained to the College Principal, who rusticated one of the students and suspended two others who led the celebration. Along with this, almost 500 Hindu students were denied food on that day.