Christian Missionary school principal cuts off Hindu student’s shikha

source: Jan 6, 2010

The principal of a Mumbai convent school
allegedly chopped off a student's small pigtail on Tuesday, prompting
the police to file an FIR against him.

Frank Fernandes, principal of St Jude's
High School in suburban Andheri, has been charged with hurting the
religious sentiments of a community in the FIR filed by the police
after a complaint from the mother of the student, Pravesh Dubey.



"We are gathering evidence against the
principal before arresting him," said S R Dhanedhar, Senior Inspector
of Sakinaka police station.

According to police, the plait of the
14-year-old eighth class student was cut with a pair of scissors by
Fernandes in his cabin.

"The principal had asked Pravesh, a
Brahmin, several times to get his pigtail cut as the school rules do
not allow such things," said Dhanedhar.

"When the boy went to his cabin for some
work today, the principal seeing the pigtail got agitated. He took a
pair of scissors and chopped it off," he said.

Learning about the incident, Vishwa
Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists protested near the police
station demanding action against the principal.

Subsequently, the principal was booked
under sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage
religious feelings or beliefs) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of
the Indian Penal Code.

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