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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Hindu Teacher Ordered to Remove Bindi at Christian School

2005-12-23 Published by Hinduism Today Gathered by Staff Reporter

BHOPAL,DECEMBER 23; A Christian missionary school here is in the throes of a controversy after it sacked a Hindu teacher for wearing sandalwood paste on her forehead. Activists of the radical Hindu organization Bajrang Dal have taken up the case of the teacher and are up in arms against the school. Jyoti Sahasrabuddhe, 40, a computer science teacher at Saint Jones School in the Govindpura area of the city for the last 14 years, went to school on Monday with sandalwood paste smeared on her forehead. The principal, Suman Martin, allegedly objected to the paste and asked Sahasrabuddhe to wipe it off but she refused. This led to a heated argument between the two and the teacher tendered her resignation. She later filed a complaint at the Govindpura police station against Martin's behavior. In her complaint Sahasrabuddhe said no teacher at the school was allowed to wear 'bindi' on her forehead. "Students are forcibly taught from the Bible in the name of prayers," she said in the complaint. Sahasrabuddhe has also accused the school authorities of carrying out religious conversions. Bajrang Dal activists took up the matter after learning of the incident. "We have got complaints against this school earlier too. We were told that the Bible was read out to the students against their wishes. The students were also forced to read the Bible in the name of morning prayers," said Devendra Rawat, an office-bearer of the Bajranj Dal. "We want that the teacher should be reinstated and the Bible should not be read out to the students. If the school management fails to do these two things, we will take action against them," Rawat said.

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At 12/25/2005 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i now strongly feel that mhatma Ghandi good more bad than good to india by not accepting India to be a Hindu Country.
I think this is high time that hindus should take arms and assert there right and honour.
I once critical of bajarang dal now support it to fullest


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