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Gujarat: School apologises for suspending students with mehendi on palms

According to the parents, they were summoned by Queen of Angels Convent School on Wednesday and asked not to send their children to school until the colour of the henna faded.

The incident took place at Queen of Angel’s Convent School at Vadadala on the outskirts of Bharuch city. (File)

Parents and members of Hindu outfits stormed a convent school in Bharuch chanting Hanuman Chalisa on Wednesday morning and forced the school authorities to apologise for barring 40 girls from attending classes for having applied henna on their palms as part of the Gauri Vrat celebration.

According to the parents, they were summoned by Queen of Angels Convent School on Wednesday and asked not to send their children to school until the colour of the henna faded.

As the parents protested, local BJP MLA Dushyant Patel and members of RSS, VHP, Hindu Maha Sabha and Hindu Jagran Manch reached the school, demanding a written apology.

After police reached the school, principal Sister Mary in a brief address to the media said, “After today such an incident won’t be repeated in the school at all, and we respect all the religions. It is not like we give more importance to Catholic festivals.”

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First published on: 02-08-2018 at 03:05 IST
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