Sri Ram Sena members barge into school, threaten Arabic teacher

Sri Ram Sena members barge into school, threaten Arabic teacher

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-30 18:47 Mangaluru: Members of Hindutva outfit Sri Ram Sena on Saturday allegedly barged into a private school and created ruckus against the school management’s decision to conduct special Arabic classes for students.The incident occurred at St Thomas Aided Higher Primary School at Padu Bondanthila near Neermarga in Mangaluru taluk on Saturday morning.Members of the Hindutva outfit reportedly snatched Arabic text and notebooks from children and warned the Arabic teacher against visiting the school in future. They also videographed the classroom and students, including Muslim girls, without their permission using mobile phones, sources said.Justifying their act, Anand Shetty, a local leader of Sri Rama Sena, said that they had “raided” the school after receiving complaints that Arabic and Urdu languages were forcibly taught in the school.Melwyn Braggs, the headmaster of the school, rubbished the allegation. “In fact we never taught Urdu. That’s a lie,” said the headmaster. “For the past couple of years we are taking foreign language classes to Standard 6 and Standard 7 students. We teach German, French and Arabic only to the interested students. Normally Muslim students learn Arabic. No one is forced to learn it.”Police visited the school after the incident but no complaint has been filed against the members of Sri Ram Sena.