Assam Congress has strongly condemned the shocking incident of a teacher of Philobari Senior Secondary School in Tinsukia being compelled to kneel down before students protesting against an increase in school fees.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in a press statement on Friday said: “What is even more shocking is that the incident happened with police personnel in the background who can be seen in the video that has gone viral on social media.”
Saying that teachers are revered all over the world, the APCC said “to compel a teacher, who had been in service of the school for 27 years to kneel and apologize publicly, is a gross act of ultimate disrespect that cannot be excused”.
“We have heard that government has ordered an enquiry into the matter but how can such an incident take place with police personnel present in the background is a big question,” said the statement, issued by Bobbeeta Sharma, chairperson, media department, APCC.
“Why didn’t they stop it? How can people of a civilized today watch such disrespect shown to a teacher? Is this the kind of soceity our children will inherit where insult of teachers and elders are watched silently and given sanction by keeping quiet on the spot?” APCC questioned.
Assam government while doing the enquiry should also take to task those persons, who encouraged and actively or silently participated in this shocking insult of a teacher of Assam, the APCC said in the statement.