Teacher Harasses Student to Convert; BJP Demands Action

Story Highlights
  • Teacher coerces child to convert religion.
  • Initiates religious conversation in class.
  • FIR filed, opposition demands action.

Tamil Nadu: An alleged case of communal conversion has surfaced from Tamil Nadu. A class 6 student from govt school in Tamil Nadus Tiruppur complained her teacher coerced her to change her religion and harassed her over her religious identity.

“She [teacher] called me the donkey with vibhuti [sacred ash] Once she put her hand in water and spoke about Jesus. Later, she touched Hindu girls’ stomachs thrice with water in her hands,” the student said.

The child also alleged that the teacher asked her students to pray in class. “One day when she was taking a class, she asked who saved us by giving their life. We said different names but she asked us why we did not say Jesus,” she added.

According to preliminary investigation it is learnt that the hissy fit began as the teacher initiated a conversation on the which god is the strongest. She refuted a student who claimed Lord Shiva as the strongest amongst all.

The matter came to the fore after the girl disclosed the incident to her parents who subsequently filed an FIR.

On political grounds, BJP spokesperson Narayan Tripathi accused the ruling DMK government of being a mute spectator to incidents of forced conversion. “The police and government should take immediate action and arrest the accused. We have demanded action against the school management. Conversion is a very dangerous thing, we need an anti-conversion law immediately in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

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