Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday came out strongly against a school teacher in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar who was seen asking her minor students to slap a Muslim boy in a viral video.
There was nothing worse a teacher could do for the country than sowing the poison of discrimination in the minds of innocent children, Gandhi said.
In a video widely circulated on social media, a teacher, identified as Tripta Tyagi, can be seen asking the students of Neha Public School in Khubbapur village in Muzaffarnagar to hit the Muslim child. Tyagi also encourages the children to hit the crying student harder while declaring that all Muslims children should be taught a lesson.
“Sowing the poison of discrimination in the minds of innocent children, turning a holy place like school into a market place of hatred – nothing worse a teacher can do for the country,” Gandhi said in a post on X in Hindi.
He went on to say: “This is the same kerosene spread by the BJP which has set every corner of India on fire. Children are the future of India – do not hate them, we all have to teach love together.”
Many Opposition leaders condemned the incident and expressed their dismay over the viral video.
“Where there is talk of technology to go to the moon or things that build a boundary wall of hatred? The choice is clear. Hate is the biggest enemy of progress,” Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on X.