Mangaluru, July 12,2015: The Principal of the St Joseph’s Junior College at Bajpe has been accused of assaulting a Muslim student who was late to class after attending the Friday prayers on July 10.
It has been alleged that the Principal Br. Hector Pinto banged the head of the student named Siddique against the wall causing him injuries in his hand and head. Siddique who was admitted to the hospital was discharged on July 11, Saturday night.
Sources said Siddique who was on Ramadan fast and had attended the Friday prayers was late by a few minutes when he Principal summoned him to his chamber and reportedly abused and assaulted him.
It has been gathered that Siddique is from a financially backward family had his father had expired some time back.
Sources informed that following the incident, the Principal had visited the hospital alogn with his college staff and apologised over the incident. Bajpe police have registered a case.
The College Management is meeting on July 13, Monday to discuss the matter.
CFI protests: The Campus Front of India staged a protest in front of the college on July 11, Saturday demanding justice in the case. Irshad Bajpe, District President of CFI even accused the Principal of trying to curb religious freedom of students,
The protest was withdrawn after the Principal who summoned a few representatives of the CFI to his chamber reportedly apologised and later even said he was willing to resign. He has also assured to bear the hospital expenses of the student, the CFI said.
Principal refutes allegation: Principal of St Joseph’s Junior College, Br Hector Pinto has denied reports that he had assaulted and abused the student. He claimed that the College gave 20 minutes to the students for prayers during Ramadan and that even the time table has been changed to suit the students. He said “Siddique came late to classes on Friday while other boys who too had gone for prayers had arrived on time.”
The Principal also alleged that Siddqiue was caught for mischiefs earlier and once for bringing mobile to a class. “On Friday when he came late I hit his back twice, but have not assaulted him,’ he clarified.