Located in Bhopal's Ayodhya bypass area, St Thomas Sr Secondary School had released its magazine "Sprouting Spring" in March 2007. The humour section of the magazine carried a student's contribution-a distortion of a doha (a two-line verse) that made a derogatory reference to the poet. After the written apology, the school was directed by the education department to carry out an internal inquiry to fix responsibility. The school management sacked a teacher, who was in-charge of the magazine section, and also removed the principal ahead of the new academic session.
Tatpar Bharati Sanskritik Yuva Manch, a previously unheard of organisation, protested before the school demanding that the school be derecognised for denigrating Indian culture and its heroes. "If we start accepting apologies for every crime, where is the need for the IPC?" asked Sangh founder Chetan Singh, a former BJP councillor. "We are going ahead with court proceedings because apology, written or otherwise, is not sufficient. We want the school's recognition taken away."
Even a section of the BJP has demanded that the school be derecognised as a way of punishment. Spokesperson of the Catholic Church Fr Anand Muttungal said, "It was unfortunate that the ruling party was supporting a selfish parent whose child could not clear the examination."
Fr Muttungal alleged that one parent was pressurising the school to promote his child and when he did not succeed he approached the organisation for raking up an issue that was settled with the written apology and punitive action against the teacher found responsible for the mistake.
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