Wednesday, January 6, 2010

School cuts off student’s braid; Bajrang Dal seeks principal’s arrest

  • Crime
    • Mumbai
    • Parents of a student of St Jude’s High School in Sakinaka, along with Bajrang Dal members, on Tuesday staged a protest outside the school after the principal cut a student’s hair, which his father said he had grown into a long tuft for “religious” reasons.

      When they were not allowed to meet the principal, they approached the Saki Naka police, registered a complaint and sought the arrest of the principal for hurting religious sentiments.

      Saki Naka police said Parvesh Dubey (14), a Class VIII student of St Jude’s High School on 90 Feet Road had grown his hair for religious reasons but had been asked to cut it by the school as it was against the rules.

      “On Tuesday morning, Parvesh’s class teacher saw that he had not cut the tuft despite repeated warnings and sent him to the principal’s office. The principal, Father Frank Fernandez, picked up a pair of scissors on his desk and snipped off the braid,” said an official of Saki Naka police station.
    • Parvesh Dubey at the Saki Naka police station on Tuesday.
    • “My son has weak vision and we had offered prayers to our local deity. As a token we had promised that he would not cut the tuft till his vision is restored. The school authorities have hurt our sentiments by cutting his hair and therefore action should be taken against them,” said Parvesh’s father Shivkumar Dubey.

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