Teacher couple sacked in Kashmir on wedding day

Lester Mason
December 17, 2017

The sacked teacher, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, said he was reluctant to re-join the school and meant to file a case of defamation and mental harassment. Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Rashid were sacked by the school administration to which they have chose to challenge the decision.

Sources in the top management told Kashmir Life that "management arrived at the decision after being deceived by the couple".

Tariq said the school management might "implicate" them in some other case.

Earlier during the day J&K State Human Rights Commission (JKSHRC) had while taking cognizance of a media report about the teacher couple's sacking by a private school in southern Pulwama district over being involved in "romantic relationship" asked its principal to appear before it on Monday.

"Besides, principal of the institute is directed to be present in person on the said date (Monday)", he added.

The teacher couple in Jammu and Kashmir sacked for "romance" were offered reinstatement by the school management on Saturday, but declined and demanded action against the management.

The school management insisted that they were in a "romantic relationship" before getting married and that is the reason the duo were relieved from service as they were in a "romantic relationship before getting married".

"They have defamed us and how is it possible for us to go back and face the students and staff. If we were in a romantic relationship, did they come to know of it only after we announced our wedding plans?" he asked.

The couple, however, said they would not resume their duties as the school management humiliated them. "We got married, which is the right thing to do from which ever perspective one looks at it".

The school management has maintained that the couple had lied to them on the several occasions when they were summoned by them after receiving complaints that their romance was the talk of town.

Following the cognisance of the SHRC, the government today intervened in the matter after which the school reinstated the couple. "We have not sinned or committed a crime", they said.

Reports quoting Education Minister Altaf Bukhari said that the couple - who worked with the Muslim Educational Institute Pampore - would be reinstated "as they have not committed any wrong".

"They performed Nikkah (marriage according to Islamic traditions) and their wedding was solemnized by their parents", Bukhari said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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