It has been instilled in us time and again that teachers are the bearers of wisdom and learning. But parents in Kerala were in for a shock on Tuesday when a teacher shared a hate post on the rape and murder of the 8-year-old child in Jammu’s Kathua.
PB Harilal had shared a post written by Vishnu Nandakumar, a former Kotak Mahindra Bank employee, that read, "Good that she was killed at this age itself. Otherwise, she would have grown up and come back as a suicide bomber against India."
Harilal has been booked by the Kadambuzha police under sections 153 (a) and 295 (a) of the Indian Penal Code, based on a complaint filed by a Communist Party of India (Marxist) member P Jabir. Kadambuzha Sub-Inspector Vasu told TNM that Harilal is absconding.
"We have received a few screenshots of Harilal's Facebook activity where he has shared Vishnu's comment. The case will be transferred to the cyber cell and his electronic devices will be confiscated. But as of now, we have not been able to arrest him," the SI said.
Even as the Panangad police booked Vishnu – who comes from a family of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party leader – for promoting disharmony or feelings of enmity between different religious groups and are yet to arrest him.
Harilal came under severe criticism for sharing the post. Even though his account has been deactivated, several users slammed him.
"Ashamed that he is a school teacher, whom children call Sir," said a user.
Sharing Vishnu's comment on Facebook has now cost Harilal his job at VVM Higher Secondary School. He was suspended from the school after parents lodged their protest.
Earlier, the school had said that Harilal had apologised for sharing the post and that the backlash against him should stop. However, the manager, Mohamed Basheer Cholayil, later said that the school has taken the issue seriously and that the teacher was suspended from duty.