Education Minister Insists There Will Be No Lesbianism In West Bengal Schools
Teachers are rather infamous for accusing students of things they really haven’t done.
It wasn’t us who dropped the pen.
It wasn’t us who laughed when your back was turned.
It wasn’t us who drew an impeccable moustache on your photo.
But these are relatively harmless accusations that provoke reactions ranging from laughter to a day’s suspension at max.
One school in Bengal, however, has taken it upon themselves to purge India of the naughtiest students of all – lesbians.
That doesn’t make sense quite yet but bear with us.
A school in Kolkata by the name of Kamala Girls’ High School has threatened 10 -12 girls with expulsion for exhibiting “lesbian behaviour”.
Because God forbid lesbians go unnoticed until of course till it’s time for legal and political bodies to recognize their rights as humans.
According to a report by the Quint, Shikha Sarkar, an authority figure from the school forced the students to write down that their behaviour was sexually charged and unacceptable. The parents were called to the school and made to answer for their children’s behaviour.
The written charges included admittance to tickling their classmates and putting their hands up skirts.
When speaking to IANS, the teacher was quoted as saying – “Some students had complained against 10 students of indulging in such behaviour, … We called those students and they admitted it. Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing. I have got written admissions from all 10 students.” (Quote source)
You’d expect amongst all this noise, a government figure would break through the chatter and offer some clarity. Well, clarity was offered, to say the least.
In an interview, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said: “Personally, if you ask me, I would not inculcate the idea of lesbianism in the school”.
Mind you, the question was about whether expulsion was the best way to handle an issue like this one. And even if the allegations were true, does the school have the right to impose any kind of sexuality on its students.
You can watch the entirety of his interview with Ishadrita Lahiri here –
#Breaking: “Will not inculcate the idea of lesbianism in schools. It is against Bengal culture”, says State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, on Kamala Girls’ School incident where 12 students were threatened with expulsion for displaying “lesbian behaviour” @TheQuint pic.twitter.com/FkTejloJPM
— Ishadrita Lahiri (@ishadrita) March 14, 2018
Now, should a school have the authority to consider such a complaint and guide the students on appropriate behaviour? Yes.
Should it bully and threaten students who are at a very impressionable age? No.
But it’s still India and if we’re going to defend anything, it’s our goddamn culture.
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