The school said the issue has been blown out of proportion.

Protests after Hyd student in Ayyappa Deeksha dress sent back school defends decisionImage for representation
news News Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 12:06

Tension prevailed at the CAL Public School in Hyderabad's Kapra area on Wednesday, after a student was sent back home for a wearing an “Ayyappa Swami Deeksha” dress. 

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the gate and raised slogans, until the school accepted the student back in the religious outfit. 

According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, the parents said that their son K Jagruthi (8), started Ayyappa Deeksha on Tuesday to go to Sabarimala with his father next month.

The DC report also states that the protesters shouted, "This is not Pakistan, this is Hindustan."

However, labelling the media reports a "miscommunication", an official from the school told The News Minute that the issue had been blown out of proportion.

"The incident did not happen here (Kapra), but rather at the JBR High School, which is another branch of our school. However, the protesters gathered here. Also, the student was a girl, not a boy," the official said.

She went on to add, "The only reason we sent the student back, was because we have some rules and regulations. We make an exception and allow them to come barefoot. However, a student will have to wear a uniform over their religious attire."

Following the protests, the management conceded to the demand of the student and the protesters. 

"They were not willing to have a conversation. We had to give in. In education, we teach the students that all religions are equal. How can we make an exception for any one religion?" the school official asks.

When contacted, the Kushaiguda police told TNM that no case was registered against either party, as they had solved the dispute among themselves.

 

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