Saturday, August 26, 2023

Now Schools And Classrooms Are Places For Caste, Class And Creed!

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 26 August 2023 The teacher got a Muslim kid slapped by other students in a viral video from Muzaffarnagar's Neha Public School. NCPCR has appealed every one to not share the video. A school teacher in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar made students slap a Muslim kid inside the classroom. A video of the incident which took place in Khabbarpur village has gone viral on social media and the police have begun a probe. ------ "I have declared Jitne Bhi Mohammedan Bachhe Hain..." the teacher was caught saying on camera while she called the rest of the class one after the other to take turns hitting the Muslim student. Shocking, to say the least! When teachers stoop to discrimination and this type of lowly behaviour, what will their students learn? We're going ga-ga over moon landing. But we can't even live on earth in a civilized manner. This incident was (fortunately) videoed. So, it became viral on social media. But innumerable such incidents have been happening for years (esp. in the last decade) and no one reported them or made video clips. When kids, regardless of their faiths, are forced to participate in such discriminatory acts, they're bound to grow into fanatic adults. They're being indoctrinated in that way by their teachers who are outright criminals. Will that traumatised Muslim child ever forget this horrendous incident? Will it not affect his psyche? Will he be able to lead a normal life? Do we have answers to these behavioural and developmental questions? When education gets tainted with religion and teachers start discriminating against specific groups of students, we must ask ourselves where have we gone wrong. A couple of years ago in Rajasthan, a teacher beat a Dalit student so badly that he died. What was his crime? The poor kid drank water from the pitcher that was meant for the children of the upper class! Now schools and classrooms are places for caste, class, creed and all that excreta. This is just unthinkable and so utterly regressive. The saffronised CM of UP is silent. So is that bearded megalomaniac at the helm. This calculated silence encourages all these lumpen elements to thrive and survive. This is indeed a matter of grave concern. I'm terribly anguished and ashamed. ---- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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