Gujarat: Principal forced to touch student’s feet

Gujarat: Principal forced to touch student’s feet

Synopsis
A video showing a leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) forcing the woman principal of a private polytechnic college to touch the feet of a student has stoked a furore in the state’s education circles.
AHMEDABAD: A video showing a leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) forcing the woman principal of a private polytechnic college to touch the feet of a student has stoked a furore in the state’s education circles.
The principal’s ordeal occurred on Thursday and the video capturing it went viral late that night.
On Thursday, ABVP leader Akshat Jaiswal, a student of SAL Diploma College, went to the principal Monica Swami’s chamber along with other ABVP members. They had a quarrel to pick over a fellow student’s insufficient attendance. ABVP is the student wing of the RSS.
The video shows Jaiswal and other ABVP members creating a ruckus in the chamber. After heated arguments, the principal is forced to act remorseful in front of a girl student who is in the second semester at the college.
The Congress’s student wing, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), criticized the action of ABVP. “This act by ABVP workers is shameful. The incident is proof of how ABVP workers are resorting to hooliganism,” a statement from Bhavik Solanki, the national convener of NSUI said.
ABVP issued a statement on Friday, apologizing for Jaiswal’s action. “ABVP believes in the sacred tradition of teacher-student relations. ABVP does not approve of the actions of Akshat Jaiswal,” said Prarthna Amin, the general secretary of ABVP in the statement. “He has committed a grave mistake for which we have expelled him from the organization.”
As for Swami, she told TOI: “The ABVP leader Akshat Jaiswal has created a ruckus on the campus earlier too.”
She added: “I was made to bow down before the student on Thursday. On Friday, after the video went viral, senior ABVP leaders came to me and apologized for the behaviour of their member.”
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