Written By: Aashish Vashistha
April 7, 2022 (New Delhi): Heart-wrenching news came from Rajauri district of Jammu and Kashmir where class 4 students one wearing a tilak on her forehead and another wearing a headscarf (hijab) were allegedly beaten up brutally by a school teacher Nisar Ahmad at the Government Middle School Khadurian Panchyat Dramman in the Rajauri district. After this shocking incident, a government school teacher has been suspended after he was accused of assaulting two girl children for wearing religious symbols – tilak and hijab.
The issue came into the limelight after the parents of the two girls which are Hindu and Muslim have jointly recorded a video. The video was widely circulated on social media and on behalf of the video, the district administration of Rajouri has ordered an inquiry against the teacher and placed him under suspension. FYI, The Additional District Magistrate Kotranka, Rajouri will hold an inquiry to find out “whether it’s true that children were beaten and the specific reasons for beating”, said an order issued by the District Magistrate of Rajouri.
According to the police officials, no communal angle for beating the children has been established yet. Many people have shared the video on various social media handles citing that a Hindu girl was beaten up by the J&k teacher just because she was wearing a ’tilak’ on her forehead. Angrez Singh, the father of a Hindu child said, “The way my daughter was beaten or Shakoor’s daughter (the other girl student) was beaten, tomorrow another teacher can beat a child for wearing a tika or niqab. I appeal to the administration and civil society that there should be an inquiry.”
While demanding justice for her daughter, Mr. Singh referred to the raging hijab controversy in several other states and said that the people will not allow Jammu and Kashmir to land in a similar situation and fall for such controversies. On another side, Mohammad Shakoor, the father of the Muslim girl, alleges that the teacher has beaten up his daughter mercilessly. “My daughter was beaten up ruthlessly. She was punched and kicked by the teacher,” he said. However, netizens are in anger after this news made headlines.