A government school teacher in Congress-ruled Chattisgarh has been accused of thrashing students and denigrating Hindu deities. A video in this regard is circulation where students have confirmed that the teacher not just assaulted them but also made objectionable comments on Hindu deities.
The incident occurred in the Kondagaon district’s Government Middle School located in Bundapara that falls under Girola village panchayat. The teacher, identified as Charan Markam, is said to have beaten up a group of class 7 and 8 students because they had kept Janmashtami fast.
Collector takes action against the teacher
As per available information, the teacher has been suspended with immediate effect. A statement by Kondagaon Collector Pushpendra Kumar Meena says that a preliminary inquiry has been initiated against the teacher as well.
The collector’s order mentioned that they have received a written complaint against the teacher from the villagers who have also furnished audio and video evidence against Markam. The order further confirmed that action was being initiated against the government school teacher on the basis of the complaint filed by the gram panchayat and the villagers.
Collector Meena confirmed that they had sent a government official to conduct an inquiry against the teacher after receiving the complaint from the gram panchayat. Villagers are said to have resorted to protests demanding action against the errant teacher.
Based on the inquiry report submitted by the government official, a suspension order against the teacher was issued. The collector also stated that they have sent the inquiry report to the police for further action in accordance with the law.
As per India TV News:
The suspension order stated, “hurting religious sentiments and spreading hatred in the society comes under the category of serious misconduct. Your (Markam) act is against the Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1965″.
Another official said, Janmashtami was celebrated on Monday and the next day when students reached school, Markam asked how many of them had observed fast and performed rituals during the festival. Those students who raised their hands indicating affirmation were separated from others and were allegedly beaten up by him, he said.
Tribal association supports the teacher
The police also confirmed receiving the report and complaint against the teacher. In the meanwhile, a tribal organization has also filed a complaint with the police on behalf of the teacher who belongs to the tribal community leveling charges of manhandling Markam by locals.
Confirming this, India Tv News quotes a police official as saying:
We have received a report from the district administration and a complaint by local villagers against the teacher. Besides, a counter-complaint has been received from the Sarva Adivasi Samaj, an association of tribal communities, claiming the teacher was manhandled by locals.
Teacher denigrates Hindu deities
Falana Dikhana spoke to the students and its report in the matter states that the teacher Markam has been passing objectionable comments against Hindu deities for a long time now. The students informed the portal that the teacher had always been teaching wrong things about Hindu devis and devatas.
The students further said that he even passed objectionable comments against Bhagwan Sri Krishna. One of the students informed the media that the teacher told them “Sri Krishna had 7 girlfriends and that Sri Krishna used to steal clothes of women who were bathing”.
Furthermore, the teacher is also said to have denigrated other Hindu deities asking the students not to keep faith in Hindu deities. Another student is seen stating that the teacher said “Gayatri Mata (Devi Saraswati) is Herself illiterate how will she give you all knowledge”?
The district’s Bajrang Dal unit that met the District Magistrate to present a written complaint against the teacher has warned of intense protests if strict action isn’t taken against the teacher.
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