Has necessary action been taken against teachers in Gujrat?
A Right to Information (RTI) application in Sabarkantha of Gujrat has revealed that 24 teachers were accused of rioting in 2002 and were charge-sheeted. Ten of them had got anticipatory bail while the rest spent time in police and judicial custody. All these teachers were teaching in government primary schools and grant-in-aid high schools while one worked in a college. As per rules, the government officials are deemed to be suspended if they spend over 48 hours in police custody which forms the basis of suspension. It has been claimed that the Police officials did not inform the departments concerned or the senior officials of those charge-sheeted in rioting or being held in custody.
Involvement of teachers in large numbers raises the risk of poisoning of innocent minds in the name of education. It is generally believed that the poor and uneducated are responsible for the communal riots while the educated are not a part of the killings. Involvement of teachers in large numbers and their being in charge of educating the future of the country has dangerous implications.