A government school teacher in Karnataka, Manjula Devi, has been transferred and an inquiry has been initiated against her after she asked two Muslim students in her class room to “go to Pakistan.”
Devi allegedly made the Islamophobic remarks on Thursday to two Class 5 students at a government school in Shivamogga’s Tipu Nagar.
According to A Nazrullah, the president of the district unit of the Janata Dal Secular’s minority wing, Devi was teaching a Class 5 class on Thursday when two students began bickering among themselves. She scolded the boys, both from the Muslim community, and said to them that “this is not your country.”
“We were shocked after the children told us about the incident. We filed a complaint with Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), and the department took action against the teacher,” Hindustan Times quotes Nazrullah as saying.
Block Education Officer B. Nagaraj, who conducted an investigation into the incident, stated that other students in the class supported the complaint, the newspaper reported.
“The teacher reportedly said to the students: ‘This is not your country; this is the country of Hindus. You should go to Pakistan. You are our slaves forever’,” Nagraj said.
The incident comes a week after private school teacher in Uttar Pradesh accused of making Islamophobic comments and encouraging her students to slap their Muslim classmate. The incident triggered widespread condemnation.