Karnataka school teacher dismissed amid controversy over alleged derogatory comments

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A teacher from St Gerosa English HR Primary School in Mangaluru, Karnataka, faced dismissal following accusations from a right-wing group supported by BJP MLA Vedyas Kamath. The controversy revolves around alleged derogatory remarks about the Mahabharat, Ramayan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Allegations Against the Teacher:

The right-wing group claimed that the teacher referred to the Mahabharat and the Ramayan as “imaginary” while also making derogatory comments against PM Modi. They further allege that the teacher mentioned the 2002 Godhra riots and the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, aiming to instigate hatred in the minds of students.

Protests were organized by the group, and BJP MLA Vedyas Kamath joined them, demanding the immediate suspension of the teacher. The MLA questioned the school’s moral stance and criticized the teacher’s alleged attempts to discourage Hindu traditions among students.

Parents claimed that the teacher, addressing class 7 students, referred to Lord Ram as a “mythical creature.” The accusations led to unrest among parents, urging swift action against the teacher.

School’s Response:

The Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI) is currently investigating the case. St Gerosa School, which has a 60-year history, expressed regret over the incident, emphasizing that it has created temporary mistrust. The school’s decision to dismiss the teacher aims to rebuild trust and ensure a better future for students.

As of now, no First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against the teacher, but the situation remains under investigation. 

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