Christian Missionary School Punishes Girl for Sporting a Tilak for her birthday

published on March 2, 2015

SECUNDERABAD: The management of a Christian school, St Ann School in Telangana has punished a 11-year-old girl, as she sported a ’tilak’ on her forehead on her birthday. The girl as made to stand for two hours outside her school principal’s room.

The horrendous deed committed by principal Sally Joseph on the child has left the child badly affected. Sources state that the child refused to go to shoool for few days thereafter.

The girl was allegedly ordered to stand outside principal Sally Joseph’s room on Tuesday and her mother was summoned. The principal allegedly berated the child for wearing a “tilak” on her forehead and hairpins to school. Ms Joseph allegedly refused to listen to the mother’s explanation that the child had gone to a temple for her birthday and that is why a holy mark was smeared on her forehead.

“The headmistress did not listen to my wife and daughter and tried to issue a transfer certificate to my daughter,” the father said in his letter to the rights body. He alleged that the principal said, “She must remember this on every birthday.”

The state education department has been asked by the rights body for a report by April 9. A complaint has been filed by her parents with the State Human Rights Commission.

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