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Protests over Kathua: Nawa Kadal School asks parents to guarantee conduct of students

By Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

Srinagar, May 10: Nawa Kadal Girls Higher Secondary school has asked parents to submit undertakings guaranteeing the conduct of their wards who protested the Kathua rape and murder last month.

 

Following the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in the Jammu district, protests for justice erupted across the valley, especially in the educational institutions.

In its action against the protesting students, the school authorities, as per the sources, has asked their parents to submit affidavits mentioning that their children would not participate in any protests.

The sources said that several parents have submitted the affidavits but their daughters were yet not allowed to join their classes.

“I fail to understand what my daughter did wrong. So many students took part in the protests; even the college girls protested against the incident,” a parent, who has submitted the affidavit, said.

“We fail to understand as to why the school authorities are hell-bent to ruin the future of our daughters. I have submitted the affidavit, yet my daughter is not able to attend the classes.”

Asked to file an affidavit, a student said, “Making us to suffer on account of protests is totally unjustified.”

“We protested against the incident that shook the whole world. We stood for humanity. Our protests were peaceful,” she said.

An affidavit seen by this reporter mentioned: “That this affidavit is solicited to the school authorities that my daughter will not participate in any protest in future.”

Principal of the school, Fatima Ladakhi, said the step has been taken for discipline.

“We have also asked them to give in writing. We don’t want protests again,” she said.

“We will take a decision against the girls, who took part in the protests, in a couple of days,” she said.

School Education Minister, Chaudhary Zulfikar Ali, said he would direct the Director School Education Kashmir to look into the matter.