Christian school named Doveton Girl’ & Boys’ Hr.Sec.Schools in Vepery, Chennai recently became a target of controversy after journalist S Gurumurthy angrily tweeted that a girl was fined Rs. 500 for putting Mehendi or henna on her palms. The school posted the charge in the school bill as well prompting an angry response against the lack of understanding on the part of the Christian school.
The revelation had everyone worried when the Minister of Education, Tamil Nadu, Pandiarajan K stepped in to assure that he would surely get the matter investigated.
@sgurumurthy will surely get this investigated!
— Pandiarajan K (@mafoikprajan) October 15, 2016
Needless to say that the minister’s swift response soothed nerves on Twitter and he earned a lot of praise for it.
Thanks Mr Pandiarjan. I am delighted as TN minister you found time to respond and positively. Let all tweeple congratulate the minister. https://t.co/M3SwsTL8lG
— S Gurumurthy (@sgurumurthy) October 15, 2016
Another Christian school courts controversy
Earlier a school in Bengaluru, St Vincent Pallotti School situated on the Banaswadi Main Road was also in the news as it expelled a kindergarten student as he had a ponytail. Fr Paul D’Souza, Principal of the St Vincent Pallotti School, refused to hear the father of the boy when he told him that this was a custom that they follow which meant that they could cut the boy’s hair only after he turned five.
Fr Paul D’Souza later told news reporter that he told the father of the Hindu boy ‘not to hold such superstitious beliefs. Following such practices is against our school rules, we can’t have different rules for different children.’
Just this month, the news came to light that a Christian school The Holy Trinity School in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh told the three Hindu teachers to not sing the Saraswati Vandana and removed the portrait of the Hindu Goddess from the school notice board angering Hindu groups. The school said it did so to make room for the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and the teacher who was to change the Gandhi portrait forgot to do so on the October 3rd. But, needless to say, the Christian school in question raised eyebrows in the state.
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