CAA: Kerala Teacher Suspended for Allegedly Asking Students “Get Ready to Go to Pakistan”

Young protesters during a demonstration by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), in New Delhi on Jan 11, 2020. — IANS

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — A lady teacher has been suspended from the job for threatening students of a girls’ government school in Kerala’s Thrissur while speaking on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA.

According to a complaint made by Muslim parents of a student, the teacher allegedly and repeatedly threatened students to “get ready to go to Pakistan” while speaking on the Citizenship Act, reports NDTV.

The school has a sizeable number of Muslim students.

The Hindi teacher used to speak to students on Citizenship Act repeatedly in an insulting manner apparently targeting the students of a particular community.

“The parents complained saying that not just once, but the teacher repeatedly spoke to students about Citizenship Amendment Act with reference to Pakistan, made insulting remarks and attempted to do so in front of parents during a Parent Teachers’ Association meet,” Sunil Dutt, the chairperson of the school management committee told NDTV.

According to complaint, the teacher who is supposed to teach Hindi at several times in the past began teaching biology and made sexually indecent remarks in the classroom.

In response to complaint, statements of the teachers and the students have been taken and the District Deputy Director for Education has ordered the suspension of the teacher on grounds of serious breach of conduct.

Anti-CAA protest have been going on in the country since it was passed by the Parliament last month. Critics define the said Act as discriminatory on religious grounds and against the secular principles of the Constitution.

The Citizenship Amendment Act for the first time makes religion the test of citizenship in India.






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