Kolkata: BJP MP and Union minister Babul Supriyo has come down heavily against the continuous agitation by parents at GD Birla and MP Birla schools in the city over alleged sexual abuse of two nursery girls.
This comes on a day a negotiation meeting between the agitating parents and the GD Birla school management ended inconclusively as the parents remained firm on the demand for removal of school principal Sharmila Nath.
This made the management to seek time until 5 pm Wednesday even as the school will remain closed for the third day in a row. Acting on a complaint lodged against her by the victim’s father, the police today questioned principal Nath at Lalbazar for several hours.
The parents are gunning for principal Nath as she had first claimed that nothing had happened to the girl in the school and then termed the sexual abuse by two teachers “a small mischief.”
“I think in the name of protests what the parents are doing is nothing but an excess. We all agree that what has happened is deplorable and police have already arrested the accused. Despite this, the parents laying siege on the schools for five days now is too much. I severely condemn this,” Union minister Supriyo told a news conference in Kolkata today.
In the same breath, he criticised yesterday’s police lathi-charge on agitating parents at MP Birla School. “Both the action and the reaction is uncalled for. Police should be allowed to complete the probe and the schools should be allowed to function.”
The comment comes on a day Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a dig at “those trying to fish in the troubled water for political gains.”
“There are some who neither directly nor indirectly has anything to do with the school fraternity. Yet, they step into the scene to take political mileage. Their plan is to create a situation compelling schools to wind up their operations here,” she said addressing a minority affairs event at Netaji Indoor Stadium in the city today.
It may be recalled that BJP MP Roopa Ganguly had gone to GD Birla school yesterday to “express solidarity” with the agitating parents. She, however, was booed down by the parents themselves.
The Chief Minister today reiterated that strict action will be taken against the accused teachers and staff if they are found guilty. “There will be no compromise on this. At the same time, the functioning of the schools shall not be hampered and the studies of other students must not get affected,” she said.
The CM added that the affiliating boards and school managements shall have to be cautious in ensuring that deplorable incidents like sexual abuse do not occur on their premises. “Teachers are our pride and guide. They shall have to weed out a few rotten elements that might creep in among them.”