Featured Image: The agitation by parents in front of GD Birla school on Monday.
Kolkata: THE agitating parents of GD Birla school off Tollygunge have turned down an offer of dialogue from the school management over the recent sexual abuse of a girl student in the school by two teachers.
The management had this afternoon proposed that they will sit with the parents at 12 noon tomorrow along with representatives from the state education department and Kolkata Police. [READ: Parents serve ultimatum for GD Birla principal arrest; accused teachers’ custody extended]
The offer came following demands by the parents for the arrest of school principal Sharmila Nath for trying to suppress the sexual abuse incident and for reopening the school that has been shut indefinitely by the management.
Speaking to reporters on behalf of the Parents’ Forum, the father of the victim girl said that they have unanimously decided not to participate in the meeting.
“We have served an ultimatum to police for arresting the principal by tomorrow. Hence, we will not get into a negotiation with the school management until the demand is met,” he said.
This comes on day BJP MP Roopa Ganguly faced the ire of the agitating parents when she went to GD Birla school this morning. The parents shouted ‘go back’ slogan to her saying that they do not want political parties to dilute the agitation.
A defiant Ganguly, however, maintained that she has come to express solidarity with the parents and to not to do any politics. “I was away in Delhi when the incident took place and the news severely disturbed my conscience. The school is located in my previous neighbourhood and hence I have come to stand by the parents,” she maintained.
Ganguly also tried to force her way into the school amidst the parents booing her. In the process, she suffered minor injuries in the legs.