Tamil Nadu: Teacher suspended after student alleges religious conversion

A school teacher has been suspended in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari after a class 6 student lodged a complaint against alleged attempts of religious conversion in a government higher secondary school.

The student accused her tailoring teacher of promoting Christianity inside classroom and attempting religious conversion. The incident was reported from Kannatuvilai government school on Wednesday after the video of the girl raising the issue went viral.

Following this, a police complaint was lodged by the parents of the class 6 student. Local police visited the school where 300 students from the surrounding area study and conducted an inquiry with the concerned students.

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One of the students stated that teacher used to tell them to read Bible and asked them to join her in prayer after lunch break.

“I told her that we don’t read Bible as we are Hindus and that we read Bhagawat Gita, for which she said that Bhagawat Gita is bad,” the student said, also accusing the teacher of making objectionable remarks against Hindus.

The student also claimed that she would call students from various classes and would make them kneel and pray after the lunch break.

According to Chief Education Officer of Kanyakumari, Pugazhendhi, DEO Emperumal visited the school and held an inquiry. The tailoring and sewing teacher was suspended after students alleged that she was talking about religion inside the classroom. Further investigation is underway.

Reacting to the incident, AIADMK leader Kovai Sathyan said there have been several such allegations that have come up in recent times since the DMK government came to power.

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“MK Stalin government must probe the veracity of the charges and openly bring out the findings without hiding them. Those who are involved if found guilty must be brought to justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu BJP president Annamalai said that DMK government should not try to cover up the issue. Annamalai referred to the Lavanya case and accused the state government of attempting to cover up the incident.

“A transparent probe should be conducted, unlike an eyewash inquiry,” he said.

(With inputs from Akshaya Nath)

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