Tension in Kerala village as school serves pork

The pork curry was prepared for a party held in the school for about 60 staffers, most of whom are Catholic.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:July 27, 2014 12:24 am

Muslims in Erumeli village in Kerala are outraged over a local high school run by Catholic management serving pork during Ramzan.

On Friday, a day after the school served pork curry, several Muslims stormed St Thomas Higher Secondary School in Kottayam district. The mob blocked the road for three hours, damaged school furniture and assaulted two teachers.

Tension mounted as people from other regions rushed to the school, but the mob dispersed after the education department suspended headmaster Thomas Varghese and teacher Rajeev Joseph, who served the dish. Joseph has also been taken into police custody. The local Jamaat Council has called for a protest meeting on July 30.

The pork curry was prepared for a party held in the school for about 60 staffers, most of whom are Catholic.

Around the same time, 91 students belonging to the National Cadet Corps (NCC) were training for a parade.

“Since food was left over after the teachers’ party, staff member Rajeev Joseph, in charge of the NCC, called the students to finish it. He announced there was pork curry on the menu and Muslims students should not consume it. For those who did not eat pork, there was fish curry and pickle,” he said.

The school NCC has 67 boys and 33 girls. Nine were absent on Thursday. Of the 100, 27 are Muslims. Of the 1,003 students in the school, 40 per cent are Muslims.

On Thursday night, a Muslim student reportedly told his parents pork was served in the school. The parents took up the matter with the local Jamaat Council the next day, following which protests broke out.

Council secretary P A Irshad said all Muslim outfits are united on the issue. “The school management should not have selected the month of Ramzan to serve pork. Our religious sentiments are hurt,” he said.

Deputy director of education (Kottayam district) Jessy Joseph said suspending the teacher and the headmaster was the only way to pacify the mob. “It would have been better for teachers to dispose the pork curry instead of giving it to students,” Jessy Joseph said.

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    Priya G
    May 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    A more recent news from kerala is here : lt;br/gt;Pork Festival in Kerala by Sena Turns Into A Joke As No Muslims Protest. Kerala doesn’t care about beef or about pork or about chicken or about seafood or about vegetarians. This is something right wing Hindu political parties in India don’t seem to realise lt;br/gt;
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      Larry Putnam
      Nov 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm
      U MUST LISTEN & Hear Many TIMES! Muslims Can Eat PORK AnyTime they Want Bill Warner, PhD Explains well :Sharia: Necessity & Obligation via @YouTube
      1. S
        Oct 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm
        Oh yeah? How about these very same Muslims protesting against ban on killing the cows? After all, this is a Hindu country, for God's sakes!!
        1. S
          stanly sebastian
          Mar 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm
          shariyah rule through back door ,,danger beware
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            sushil ??
            Oct 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm
            Religious Fanatics Religion Is The Biggest Evil In Humanity !!
            1. C
              Jul 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm
              Why are the Muslims upset when Christians serve pork to their students? Muslim students usually do not go to Christian schools. Anyway, the Christians should learn a lesson. They had been teaming up with Muslims against Hindus. Christian Congress has forged an alliance with Muslim league to rule Kerala and had given them everything they asked for. The Catholic Italian women had been chummy with fanatic Muslims to keep Hindus down and rule India. Christians had ben supporting Muslims against Modi Christians had been attacked in Afghanistan, stan and Kashmir - Muslims are nobody's friend and yet the Christians support them. God knows why
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                Mark Mohammed
                Dec 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm
                San .. Brother who told you that? if it is just your observation then you're wrong! I'm myself a Converted Muslim . I Embraced Islam 3 years ago and I live in UK (I'm of Indian origin) .Muslim potion in India is growing is due to high fertility rate of Muslim and Islam is the fastest growing religion of the world! And Islamic prophet has said if you will need to go hest place on earth to learn something then you must go. In Islam education is must! For Burka you must know the difference between India and Saudi Arabia.. india is the rape capital of the world and In Saudi Arabia hardly any rape occurs!!! In Non Burka countries like US and India rapes are very common and who knows may be your sister could be a next victim. but in Islamic countries hardly rapes , Gambling, stealing occurs . .alcoholism and Pork is a disease. indian government allows it to exempt Taxes and increase Revenue otherwise it would have been banned too like Narcotic drugs.
                1. A
                  Jul 29, 2014 at 12:15 am
                  Wherever there are muslims, there is violence and trouble
                  1. S
                    Jul 30, 2014 at 6:49 am
                    Muslim potion is growing in india when they out number they will stop education for girls , burka will become compulsory for all religion women forceful conversion s to islam will start pork will be banned no one can consume alcohol will demolish temples and churches I am not uming but thats what is happening in stan and other muslim countries terrorists will be become heros
                    1. O
                      Jul 27, 2014 at 7:34 am
                      Why no hue and cry in the media..had it been a Hindu School and they served someone meet certainly not pork and beef..there would have been such an issue that the school is forcing the students to break their Roza!!!Worst media!!
                      1. S
                        Jul 30, 2014 at 10:16 am
                        It is such a shame who are these marons to decide others' eating habits? Suspending school administrators is highly condemnable. Antisocial mob that attached the school should be arrested and they should compensate the damages caused
                        1. S
                          Jul 28, 2014 at 2:08 am
                          Some people eat pork some don't. Some each meat other don't. Each needs to tolerate the other. We cant be offended because others don't eat like we do.(as long as you are not being forced, or not adequately informed of what is being served).
                          1. I
                            Jul 27, 2014 at 7:13 am
                            This community is serious trouble maker, everywhere, every time!
                            1. J
                              Jay Kotek
                              Jul 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm
                              Now every one other than Muslims start eating pork, these anti-pork freaks will stay away...
                              1. R
                                Jul 30, 2014 at 10:05 am
                                In this issue, full credit of fault goes to Muslims who thought it as a 'muslim' issue.
                                1. P
                                  Jul 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm
                                  simply ridiculous, hasnt muslims got better things to do. they are programmed to be offended. The newsreport clearly states that children of muslim faith were offered other food. NDTV reported it was midday meal( which seems to be wrong). In a place like kerala i have never heard about people being extremist on matters of food. Beef and pork is eaten commonly across kerala. It seems muslims have a monopoly over taking offense " if iam offended , iam very angry, if you are offended then you are not secular" seems to be the adage
                                  1. S
                                    Jul 30, 2014 at 4:26 am
                                    Did anyone force muslim students to have pork? As long as that is not the case there is no reason to cry foul. a society where there are many religions it is not possible to give special treatment to certain ones alone.
                                    1. S
                                      Jul 29, 2014 at 6:19 am
                                      So now Christians can not eat pork in their school?
                                      1. T
                                        Truth will
                                        Jul 30, 2014 at 4:23 am
                                        What happened to this community?? We will not allow you guyz to copy Iraq & Taliban in India........ will repeat Gujarat If required...............
                                        1. T
                                          Thrinethran T
                                          Jul 29, 2014 at 3:30 am
                                          Here is another instance of an insution's management and a State's administration totally sucbing to sectarian intimidation and violence; and of the local media, who with the politicians are so easily outraged, tellingly silent....Is this the nadir or has the descent only begun?
                                          1. C
                                            Aug 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm
                                            The old saying one man's food is another man's poison is right. Every one has a right to decide what to eat no one forced the partints to eat the dishes how come the authorities suspended the officials in a high handed manner. Now a days it has become fashion for some politicians/individuals/parties to link every thing to religion so to get some leverage in votes by fooling the public specially the dogmatic/fundamentalists and creating unnecessary disturbances in society rulers should investigate properly punish those guys severely so that no one dares to do the same again. Jaihind
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