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Telangana Christian school bars boy who took Anjaneya Deeksha from wearing saffron

A Christian school in Telangana banned a Hindu student who had taken Anjaneya deeksha from wearing saffron clothes. He was allowed to follow the customs associated with the deeksha after Hindu outfits protested against the school’s decision. The school Principal, a nun, reportedly accepted her mistake and apologised.

Abhinav, a 6th-grade student of St Paul’s school in Utnoor, Adilabad was sent back to his house for wearing saffron clothes. Abhinav had taken Anjaneya deeksha and wore mala as part of his vrata. He wore saffron clothes to school but was not allowed to attend classes. The school administration told him to wear the uniform if he wanted to attend school.

When other Anjaneya bhaktas who had taken deeksha came to know about it, they staged a protest against the school. After they spoke to the Principal, a nun, Abhinav was allowed to wear saffron clothes as part of his vrata. The nun also reportedly apologised after which Hindu outfits ended the protest.

Similar complaints were raised against St Mary’s school in Sangareddy district in Telangana. The school denied entry to a student who had taken Ayyappa deeksha for wearing black clothes. He was punished for the same and made to stand under the hot sun for an hour. Recently a Hindu boy was given corporal punishment for skipping school to attend a ritual in Tamil Nadu. The Christian priest cum principal of the school beat him with a cane as a result of which he fell ill. The boy took leave without informing in advance to accompany his brother who undertook Kavadi yatra to Tiruchendur Subramanya Swamy temple.

In 2021, a  girl student of the Baren Bruck Higher Secondary school in Tenkasi was humiliated by her teachers for wearing Vibhuti (sacred ash) and Kumkum. Two boys who went to the Anderson Higher Secondary School, a government-aided school, in Kanchipuram, were berated by a teacher for wearing Vibhuti saying, “Only rowdies wear them”. In 2017, two 12th-standard students were expelled by St.Joseph Higher Secondary School in Ramanathapuram for applying Vibhuti. 

Students of a Christian school in Kanyakumari were forced by their teacher to accept Christianity. She advised them to read the Bible as “Bhagwat Gita is bad”. In 2021, a Christian teacher in another Christian school in Tirupur abused a girl student wearing Vibhuti saying, “You Pattai wearing donkey”. A missionary school in Mangaluru forced its students to remove their Rakhis and throw them in the dustbin.

St Mary’s English School in Gujarat punished two boys who greeted each other with “Jai Shri Ram” in 2022. In 2017, the government aided St Joseph’s School in Rameshwaram punished Hindu kids for sporting Vibhuti. The most outrageous of all such cases was when an LKG student was expelled for sporting a shika in 2016.

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  1. If an international school has sealt dress code for the children will any parent allow to wear religious dress, then y in a convent..why are you targetting convents..is this how we train our children from beginning about secularism.

    • What is this obsession with secularism? Does secularism mean that Hindus have to give up their religious identity, stop practicing their Dharma? Our country is the home of Dharma, this Republic is a mere 75 years old, our civilization is 5000+ year old, the Republic has to adjust to the civilization, not the other way round.

      Convents are not doing us a favor – they operate out of land mostly granted to them by the British and many are govt-aided….if they can’t respect the traditions of the regions they are located in, they are free to shut down and leave. The secular state has also tried to destroy the capacity of Hindu-run institutions through laws like RTE.

      Hindus do not need to learn about pluralism and co-existence from mentally Colonized slaves of the West, Dharma is enough to teach us that.


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