St Gerosa School row: Police book FIR over threat calls to complainant parent

Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS): The Karnataka Police booked an FIR on Wednesday in connection with the case of contact number and family pictures of the mother of a girl student, who raised her voice against the alleged insult to Hindu Gods at a private school in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, were "made viral" on social media.

The Mangaluru police claimed that they were seeking consultation from legal experts before registering the complaint and take up the probe.

Sources in the police department said that they were awaiting response from the legal experts on the audio clip submitted by the victim woman in this regard. However, some Hindu activists claimed that the police were awaiting the orders from the Congress government's top brass on handling the case.

The victim, a school teacher, approached the Kankanady police station in Mangaluru on Tuesday seeking protection as she was "getting threat calls from Qatar, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and some other countries".

She purportedly also received abusive audio clips for raising the issue.

The complainant said that she is continuously getting threat calls since February 15.

"In the social media post which is made viral, I have been solely blamed for the whole episode resulting in protest against the school in Mangaluru. I have been tortured for speaking in front of the media and raising the issue of humiliation of Hindu Gods at the school," she stated.

"My daughter is studying in seventh standard in the school. The teacher should not have made comments on the Godhra incident and was not required to speak demeaningly on Lord Sri Ram. The teacher had asked whether Lord Ram would come and sit in the stone idol," the woman said.

Meanwhile, the management of the Sebastian School, where the woman worked as a teacher, has sacked her for giving statements to the media over the issue.

The alleged incident took place at St. Gerosa Higher Primary School near Jeppu in Mangaluru recently.

A teacher, identified as Sister Prabha, had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Hindu Gods during a moral science class.

The incident came to light after an audio clip made by a parent and addressed to a VHP leader went viral on social media, leading to protests.

The protest was led by BJP MLA D. Vedavyas Kamath, who reportedly pulled up the school management and the concerned teacher for 'humiliating' Hindu Gods.

Following the incident, the school management sacked Sister Prabha.

Last Thursday, Karnataka Police had filed an FIR against Kamath and Mangaluru City North MLA Y. Bharat Shetty in connection with a protest staged to condemn the alleged incident of "humiliation of Hindu Gods" at the school.

Police also booked VHP leader Sharan Pumpwell, and Hindu activists Sandeep Garodi and Bharat Kumar.

The issue was raised in the Assembly by the BJP resulting in heated arguments between the ruling Congress government and BJP legislators.

The Congress had said that the BJP legislators had provoked the students, disturbed law and order, and a police investigation was required.






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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    All are children of God as Holy Scripture says so let go things instead of escalating and ruining the peace further ? That is the only and better solution for this ? BTW Peace, love, self control, humility... come from God and not these divisions!?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Only Catholics should be allowed to comment on Christian Convents ...

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Do you mean to say that Convent Schools are only for Catholics?

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  • Michael, Brahmavar

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Let's compare MLA's salary, incentives, hours of work done with Kavita's. Let's all know how hindu mindset people are equal.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Jossey S .Water frnot,sorry Jossey,we are in demokratic country,comments can made when one find it wrong.But one has to ask where it was made.and it should be only truth not fake.She carried it first local politicians instead of first to school to ask.And she was not there but heard from child.What child understood in her age of Tagore Poem?

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    This BJP goons are really spoiling the future of innocent girls and other children. Lored Rama went to Vanvasa withouit sayoing anything. Even when he return people told bad about Matha Sita where Matha Sita has to go Agni Pareksha... Real Lord Rama worshippers wil folow Lord Rama's basic theory...Do Not Test others even you are right.! Can BJP goons belive in this??They want only Power and loot poor people...I am ready to sacrifies my life for their eveil attitude...Sri Ram ki Jai. Hai Ram...Hai...Ram...Hai...Ram....

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  • S.M.F, Dxb /Mlore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Kavita misunderstood. That was job offer call from Gulf countries may be..

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    This smart intelligent bold lady who is solely responsible for all the mess has now fallen in the pan of her own cooked soup. Now she has no clue as to where it will take and end, hence all these nautankis and dramas are being staged. Anyhow there's is something called divine justice in which most believe in. Upar wale ka ghar mein dher hai lekin andhare nahin hain. Ab mazaa lelo aghe ronay ke din ayengeh. .....!!!!

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    I will not be surprised if at all the parent joins BJP in politics during the year

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Why media didn't meet C.T Ravi, Nalin, shoba...for statement/ advise.

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    This female has not proof of the VICTIM nun mentioning anything about Godhra or any Hindu God's. She is pulling lies out of thin air. Who called her for Gulf probably her own relatives. If this lady wants BJP ticket then just give her the damn thing. Why is she spoiling ours lives. The school must file FIR against her.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Is BJP going to condemn Ravindranath Tagore’s creation his most creative poem regarding day today human beings reality and truth in struggle for life??????……The nun was only explaining and expanding Tagore’s meaning in the poem and nothing more or less. This will definitely affect those who are guilty and living in darkness to keep people also in dark. All those blinds are fully exposed by Tagore.

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    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Look what Kamath Maam did to the entire Mangalore,. So many youngsters died in road accidents in Mangalore but Kamath never visited a single family till date, but was the first person to visit the school and harass teachers. A wasted Vote Mr. V Kamath.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    It is not good to make threat calls to ladies. Don't do this to any ladies. It is clear that the main culprit is Veda Vyasa. No need to blame small children, parents, teachers and school. Politician is a poison.

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  • John Fernandes, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Big parents of small children...

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  • Kavitha, Kavitha/Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    In her press meet, she said she never answered any calls, then how does she know that she is getting threat calls :)

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  • Prem, moodbidri

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Now all teachers should get training from every parents of their school, who to teach and what not & then start their classes! What is the problem, if "Godra incident" is explained, when teacher is taking class about Humanity & Co-existence? Whatever happened there was against humanity. Why Sanghees talk day night talk about Emergency and Singh massacre then? When there are mentions about British, Mughals cruelty in the history subjects?

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    This lady called Kavita is solely responsible for entire episode. First of all if you have any problem with the school you need to approach school management and not the goons. If she has any problem with her husband does she contact Sharan Pumpwell???? Here lies the problem. Just to take political advantage Bharat Shetty and Vedavyas Kamat threatened school without knowing the actual incident. All these goondas along with Kavita need to be punished.

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  • sam, mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    now Kavitha is jobless , lets see what will happen

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    True...looks like she created mountain out of almost nothing. If she is found guilty upon enquiry...she should get memorable punishment / running to ;lawyers and courts for creating rucuss in the society and communal unrest. Her Supporter MLA's too should learn lesson not to take sides for popularity instead of development.

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  • Namma Oorda, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Every time I think about this issue, I still cannot understand how will the school be able to function normally? What will happen to their syllabus? The pressure on teachers, students and parents during exam time will be immense. Hope justice is served and innocent students' future is not affected.

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  • Arjun, India

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Unity is all Hindu teachers from both school and Hindu students from both school leave it.....if once this happens no other schools will ever dare to do this unity.....or perish!

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  • Siva, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Yes and then go to Arjun's house to study, Arjun why not ask them to stop going to Christian's School that will be much better, ask them to join BD/VHP protest gang.

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  • S.Lobo, Bejai

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Your vocabulary is like that of jihadies of paki. Who will stoop to any lenght to falsely accuse minority members as long as it satisfies your ego. There is justice of Man which can be manipulated and there is Other Justice of Divine, the warth of divine justice 3 generations will bear. Satyameva Jayate

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  • Michael, Brahmavar

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Good, Might is right and India practices the law of the jungle. All criminals be supported by unity till the supporters get the scorch. One incident happened earlier, 2 BJP workers were badly beaten in police station.

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  • Violet Noronha, Udupi/mumbai

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    If you remove all your students from catholic schools, where will they go? To government schools? Then why don’t you do that first? I will tell you why, you want to send your children to catholic schools because you know government schools education will give them nothing in life. Studying at catholic school gives them good reference and prestige when they graduate. If your religion is so important, take your children out and send them to government schools. Don’t threat, do it! I guarantee you will not because government school education is below average in India. Don’t bark when you know you don’t have other options

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    i think you are a utter andh bhakt day dreaming....the religion that did not unite from time immemorial due to the manuvada caste system....will never unite...even today every Hindu who is brilliant wants to levae Indian and run to western countries as they are sick of this jaath mentality....your burude is fit only for thotte girakis who do menial jobs like painting, barbending, carpentry etc....MANDE ITTHINA HINDU ONJI LA NIKK MARL PANU...AATHE...

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    You are a frog in the well not knowing what exists outside just cracking...just go and look at all the orphanages and ashrams run by the Christian community and see who are the the occupants are and then keep ranting about your unity. Seganee stuffed brains won't understand the human values.

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  • Sreedevi, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Boda sheera Arun anna😂😂😂

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  • alfria, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Arjun good idea academic year is ending soon please ask all hindu parents to remove their children from both the schools let's see how many parents will take a call from a person who is filled with hatred even that female who made a drama will not remove her child from the school, as for that female getting threatening calls those people calling her might be her friends and relatives let police investigate it

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