‘Daughter denied promotion as I spoke against ex-principal’
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A meritorious student of a south Kolkata school has been denied admission to the next class allegedly because her father had protested against the principal who was charged with molestation.
Md Akram Qureshi, father of Huma Khatoon, a Class VII student of The Crescent School, at Rai Charan Ghosh Lane, was shocked to find that his daughter had been denied admission to Class VIII, even after clearing the Class VII final exam. Interestingly, Akram was one of the front row protestors against the former principal of the school on September 8 2012, when the principal was accused of molesting a Class VII student, a classmate of Huma. The offending principal was later arrested and subsequently sacked from the school.
"When I went for my daughter's admission, I was asked to meet the secretary of the trust, S S Alam, who is available only on Saturdays. I could not meet him on Saturdays as well and today one of the teachers told me that I will not be allowed to meet the principal and my child will not get admission to Class VIII. When I asked for a reason, they had no answer," he said.
"Yes the child has not been given admission to the school and we do not want to cite any reason for that," said Alam. Asked if the child's father being at the front of the protest on September 8 was the reason, he said: "Yes. It can be."
Qureshi claims he might have been victimised because he had spoken out against the misdeeds of the principal.
"I stood by the victim and her family at that time and did what any citizen with a conscience would do. But if this is the repercussion, then no one will speak up against wrongdoings in the society," he said.
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