New Delhi: The head of a North MCD-run school in north Delhi’s Wazirabad was suspended Wednesday for “segregating students” into Hindu and Muslim sections, the commissioner of the civic body said here, while denouncing his action as “unimaginable” and “unpardonable”, according to PTI.
“I was apprised of the allegations of students being segregated by our officials. We decided to probe the accusations, and unfortunately they were found to be true. We have suspended the head of the school with immediate effect and initiated a major penalty charge sheet against him,” North Delhi Municipal Corporation commissioner Madhup Vyas told PTI.
The conduct of the official was “bizarre” and “unpardonable” and “goes against the grain of our pluralistic society,” Vyas said.
The commissioner said, “During our probe, it was found that it was the school-in-charge who had initiated this segregation. These are children coming from poor background, and such acts would have deleterious effects on them. We will not tolerate such things, it is unpardonable.”
C.B. Sehrawat Singh, a teacher in North MCD Boys’ School, was appointed as head when the previous principal was transferred. When the attendance register of the school was accessed by the Indian Express, the names of the students were marked with their religion. According to the report, the segregation was done without informing other teachers. A source was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “He [Sehrawat] initiated these changes and teachers were not consulted in the matter. When some teachers tried to bring it up with him, he responded with aggression and told them that it was none of their concern and that they should do their assigned jobs.”
Some teachers had approached the MCD zonal office to bring the issue to the notice of the authorities.
North Delhi mayor Adesh Gupta said the school in-charge was “found to be guilty in preliminary investigation.”
“Social divide on the basis of caste, community or religion would not be tolerated in the schools of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. North MCD follows the spirit of the constitution. If any such divide is found to be in practice, it would be rectified immediately and strict action taken against those found guilty,” the mayor said.
The HRD Ministry, on Wednesday, sought a report in the matter, while the Delhi government ordered a probe into it.
(With PTI inputs)