Punjab school Chairman, Principal booked for cutting hair of Sikh girl student

Kamaljit Singh Kamal

GURDASPUR: The police have registered a case against the chairman and principal of a private school in Dinanagar for cutting the hair of a Class-3 Sikh girl, allegedly for violation of school rules.

Besides chairman Sanjay Mahajan and principal Rajni Mahajan of the Mother’s Pride School, chairman’s son Piyush Mahajan has also been booked under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Dinanagar police station.

The girl’s mother alleged that Sanjay Mahajan and Piyush had cut the girl’s hair on Tuesday to punish her for not keeping her hair tied in two braids, as per the school rules. The girl had tied her hair in a single braid.

Her mother took up the issue with the members of some local Sikh organisations who staged a dharna in front of the Dinanagar police station to protest against the incident and sought registration of a case against the guilty.

Dinanagar station house officer (SHO) Sukhjinder Singh told Hindustan Times that as soon as the matter came to his notice, he directed his staff to look into the matter and register a case against the erring persons. The case was registered on Thursday, he added.

The SHO said the police on Friday apprehended Sanjay and Piyush Mahajan, but the Sikh activists, who had earlier sought their arrest, requested the police to set them free on the plea that the victim and her mother did not use ‘Kaur’ after their names. The accused were the released by the police, he added.

The SHO said the issue should now be considered as “settled” as the police are not going to take any further action against the school principal, chairman and his son.

However, the victim’s mother demanded stern action against the accused.

(Courtesy: Hindustan Times)

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