With the news of accusations of sexual harassment by a teacher of one of Chennai’s sought after schools, PSSB (Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan) coming to light on Monday (24th May), DMK leader Kanimozhi jumped into the fray and vowed to ensure action against the accused teacher and hold enquiries against the school management over the row.
The same Kanimozhi was eerily silent and still remains so in the shocking sexual harassment allegations against Loyola College where the current Rector of the Loyola College Society, Francis P Xavier is accused of financial misappropriation and sexually harassing a woman employee of the college. The Loyola College never took any action against the accused despite the victim’s complaints, no internal enquiry was held and the victim was sacked from service for complaining against Francis P Xavier. She also filed a case in the Madras High Court against the college and the alleged harasser. The State Women Commission had also found the accusations by the woman employee of Loyola College credible and ordered that she be reinstated and compensated by awarding her Rs.64 lakhs of which Rs.24 lakhs constitute her back wages alone.
Pertinently, the Loyola College sexual harassment case has been hanging fire for over a decade and the DMK honchos never demanded that the Loyola College be closed down because of its pathetic treatment to the victim of sexual harassment by the Church and the institution.
The PSBB School was promoted and managed by a renowned traditional educationist Dr. Mrs Y.G. Parthasarthy who started a network of schools which not only promotes high quality education while ensuring that the children imbibe a sense of pride in our Indian cultural heritage. The school actively promotes sports, classical dance and music and has produced world renowned artists like Aruna Sairam, the famous cricketer R Ashwin etc.
The PSBB school is now in a storm of sexual harassment accusation against a Commerce teacher, Rajagopalan, in the KK Nagar Chennai branch. The teacher is accused of making sexually laced statements to girl students, shared a porn video in student Whats App group and taken e-classes wrapping just a bath towel on his waist.
The author of this article holds sexual harassment abhorrent and considers it a violation of basic human rights. But in the said case, instead of complaining to the school authorities, some vested interest groups inimical to Hinduism and Hindu cultural ethos have cleverly made these allegations on the social media platforms like Instagram on Sunday, through a model named Kripali Samdaria claiming to be a school alumni and on Twitter to defame the school administration by falsely claiming that students had earlier moved formal complaints to the school authorities and were threatened for doing so.
The social media is now filled with anti-Brahminical hatred unleashed against the school under the garb of sexual harassment complaint. There are baseless allegations of caste discrimination against the school and a whole campaign is being organised to show the school administration in bad light.
Kripali Samdaria, a model and a wannabe actor who is trying to gain fame by slandering PSBB, has taken upon herself to drum up a legal case against the school when the School has assured to take action against the said accused teacher and has in fact suspended him immediately within 24 hours of receiving a formal complaint from the school’s alumni.
The school has also given a statement that they have zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and “any behaviour affecting the physical, emotional and psychological well being of our students”. It further stated that, “Contrary to what is mentioned, these kinds of allegations have not been brought to the attention of the management in the past. However, we are taking suo motu notice of the allegations and will take all necessary steps to address the situation in a free, fair and transparent manner.”
Chinmayi Sripaada, a singer and a Me Too complainant against Vairamuthu, very close to the DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, has questioned Kanimozhi’s silence and inaction over her and 16 other female artists’ sexual harassment complaints against Vairamuthu. She tweeted, “I hope ma’am (Kanimozhi), you will do the needful regarding my and 16 other women’s harassment allegations on Mr Variamuthu”. Kanimozhi is still to respond on complaints against Vairamuthu.
TM Krishna, a rabid anti-Hindu, anti-Brahmin casteist who is infamous for plagiarizing compositions of saint-poet Thyagarajan Kirtanas singing praises of Bhagwan Ram by replacing Ram with Jesus, has jumped into the bandwagon campaign against PSBB.
It is surprising that activists like Karuna Nandy, TM Krishna et al who are drumming up a campaign against the PSBB school, are completely silent on the sexual harassment case against Loyola College. They never came up to support the victim nor have they called out the “Patriarchal” attitude of the Christian Church and Loyola college. But are quick to defame and dub the PSBB management as ‘Patriarchal”, which has immediately suspended the concerned accused school teacher and is conducting a detailed enquiry in the matter.
Senior DMK leader Kanimozhi, 2G scam accused, reacting with unusual alacrity came up with a statement promising action against the school saying, “The sexual harassment allegations against a commerce teacher in PSBB School, Chennai has been shocking. An inquiry should be conducted and action must be taken against those who are involved including school authorities who failed to act against the complaints from students… I promise to take this to the concerned authorities”.
DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, accused for scamming & defrauding government owned telecom companies by running an illegal private Telephone Exchange, in lightning speed writes a complaint letter against the PSBB management to the union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal demanding derecognition of the school by cooking up concocted maladministration theories.
While the same Kanimozhi and Dayanidhi Maran are silent about sexual harassment in Christian missionary schools and colleges, like the famous Loyola college of Chennai. Not only this, they have also not condemned or sacked from DMK a blatantly sexist misogynist A Raja, co-accused in the humungous 2G scam, who had recently during assembly election campaign abused the mother of the then TN Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami by calling her a prostitute. So, the DMK top leadership’s over zealous sensitivity in the PSBB case raises many questions about the ulterior motives of DMK/DK infamous for harassing Hindu cultural organisations and well-run Hindu educational institutions.
There is a fear amongst the larger Hindu community and the parents of the PSBB school that the issue is being blown out of proportion as without moving a formal complaint to the school authorities for addressing the issue the matter was raked up in the social media to defame the school. They suspect that the DMK/DK Hinduphobic gang are mischievously using this as an opportunity to take over the school administration. They have reasons to believe that the Christian missionary cabal close to the DMK/DK top leadership is eyeing the PSBB school group to takeover and converting it to Christian schools.
Former union cabinet minister and senior BJP leader, Dr Subramanian Swamy in a tweet has condemned the rabid naked attack on PSBB by DMK/DK cabal and stated, “In a respected Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan School in Chennai, of 10,000 students in three branches – a gyani and tyagi (Brahmin) managed school. DMK/DK are harassing them because one teacher misbehaved with a girl student. I will take up PSBB’s defence if TN CM does not stop the goons”
Dr Subramanian Swamy has also vowed to take up PSBB’s defence legally if the DMK/DK goons does not stop harassing PSBB school. It is very heartening that someone of Dr Swamy’s stature has come forward to call out the DMK/DK oppressive tactics and harassment of PSBB school, just because they are an institution which ingrains in its students Hindu civilizational and cultural value system. Perhaps the DMK/DK gang, very close to the Christian missionary mafia, find it very offensive that the school uses “Gurubhyo Namaha” and starts its classes with Saraswati prayer and ends with Guru Vandana.
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