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J&K teacher allegedly beat 2 students for Tilak, Hijab;  File submitted


The parents of the two girls – a Hindu and a Muslim – recorded a video together.

Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir:

A public school teacher has been suspended and charged for allegedly beating two female students in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir. The teacher has been accused of molesting children for wearing religious symbols – tilac and hijab.

Class 4 students – one wearing a tilac forehead and another wearing a headscarf – allegedly beaten by a teacher Nisar Ahmad at the government college Khadurian Panchyat Dramman.

Police say the teacher has been arrested but so far no community angle to beat the children has been established.

The parents of the two girls – a Hindu and a Muslim – recorded a video together. It was widely shared on social media. Based on the video, the Rajouri district administration ordered an investigation against the teacher and suspended him.

The Kotranka District Additional Magistrate, Rajouri will conduct an investigation to find out “if it is true that children were beaten; and the specific reasons for the beatings,” reads an order issued by Rajouri District Magistrate.

The controversy began after it was alleged that a Hindu girl was beaten for applying tilac on his forehead.

“As my daughter was beaten or Shakoor’s daughter (the other student) was beaten, tomorrow another teacher may beat a child for wearing a tika or niqab. I call on the administration and civil society to investigate,” said Angrez Singh, father of the child.

While demanding justice, Mr Singh referred to the hijab controversy raging in several other states and said the people would not allow Jammu and Kashmir to land in a similar situation.

“I want justice. Today my daughter was beaten for wearing tilac. Tomorrow someone else will come and tell you why you wear a niqab. It is an attempt to disturb community harmony. We will not allow this place to become UP, Bihar or Karnataka,” he said.

Mohammad Shakoor, the Muslim girl’s father, claims the teacher beat his daughter mercilessly.

“My daughter was beaten mercilessly. She was punched and kicked by the teacher,” he said.

According to the order issued by the administration, the teacher can be charged with injuring a child, which amounts to a crime and can make a person liable to punishment under “sections 323, 325, 352 and 506 of the IPC; Whereas, Section 23 of the JJ ACT, 2000 provides that whoever in charge of a child assaults a child shall be liable to imprisonment for up to six months or fine or both.

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