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Rajasthan: School teacher says ‘Goddess Saraswati contributed nothing for education’, suspended

The school teacher refused to put the picture of Goddess Saraswati on stage at a function along with the pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhim Rao Ambedkar even though the villagers insisted on placing the picture of Goddess Saraswati on the stage. She was suspended for her provocative remarks.

Ashesh Mallick Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Baran Updated on: February 24, 2024 18:13 IST
Rajasthan, Goddess saraswati, Baran district
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A government school teacher in Rajasthan’s Baran district was suspended for allegedly disrespecting Goddess Saraswati and hurting religious sentiments, officials said on Saturday (February 24). The primary school teacher was identified as Hemlata Bairwa, the action against whom was taken on Friday (February 23) following an order by Rajasthan Education Minister Madan Dilawar, they said.

"Some people give weightage to themselves so much, their 'chaal' (working style) is not yet gone and they ask what is the contribution of Goddess Saraswati in school, whoever has said so in this area, I suspend him/her," Dilawar had said addressing a public gathering during his tour in Kishanganj area in Baran district on Thursday.

A day after the minister's announcement in public, the district education (elementary) officer of Baran on Friday issued order for suspension of Prabodhak level 1 teacher, Hemlata Bairwa, posted at government primary school at Lakdai village in Kishanganj area in Baran district in view of under-consideration of disciplinary action against her.

Bairwa hurt religious sentiments: Official

An official at the Baran district education department claimed that the suspension order was issued following an inquiry into hurting and provoking religious sentiments against Bairwa was completed.

What was the controversy?

An initial inquiry was held on the controversy over placement of Goddess Saraswati’s picture on the stage at Republic Day function in the government school. The teacher was found responsible for hurting and provoking religious sentiments of the people in the inquiry, and on the basis of this, order for her suspension was issued on Friday, Baran district education (elementary) officer Piyush Kumar Sharma told news agency PTI.

Sharma added the teacher was also ordered to register her attendance at directorate, elementary education, Bikaner, during this period.

“The teacher could have averted the controversy and allowed the Republic Day function to go on smoothly, simply by agreeing with the locals and placing Goddess Saraswati's picture, but instead she hurt the sentiments and provoked the locals,” the officer said.

Developments at Republic Day event

A dispute had erupted between the primary teacher and other villagers during the Republic Day function in the school on January 26 this year.

Bairwa refused to put the picture of Goddess Saraswati on stage at the function along with the pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhim Rao Ambedkar while the local villagers insisted on placing the picture of Goddess Saraswati on the stage.

The teacher further provoked the locals saying Goddess Saraswati contributed nothing for school and education.

Earlier on Thursday, two other government teachers were suspended and an inquiry was initiated against a third female teacher, all from government senior secondary school Khajuri in Sangod area of Kota district for their alleged involvement in Love Jihad, Islamic Jihad and ties with banned Islamic outfits.

(With PTI inputs)

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