Shashi Tharoor formula ends hugging row

Published Jan 1, 2018, 2:10 am IST
Updated Jan 1, 2018, 2:10 am IST
The girl submitted her transfer certificate from the previous school.
Shashi Tharoor
 Shashi Tharoor

Thiruvananthapuram: Dr Shashi Tharoor-brokered peace formula ended the uncertainty over two students’ future. 

Both will return to school to write exams and rejoin classes. Parents have agreed to withdraw plaints before Child Rights Commission and the High Court. 


On Sunday, the 16-year-old girl and her mother met St Thomas Central School authorities and signed the agreement prepared by them which was approved by Dr Tharoor.

The girl submitted her transfer certificate from the previous school. Accordingly, she has been allowed to resume her 11th-grade classes from Jan 3. 

“All's well that ends well,” the girl aspiring to be a fashion and jewellery designer told DC. 

“Sunday’s meeting lasted for 30 minutes. We signed the agreement prepared by the school after the clauses were agreed in the conciliatory talks with Dr Tharoor. We have asked the school principal that under no circumstances should I be taunted by my class and schoolmates.”

Both students need not have to attend the meeting earlier decided by the school authorities on Jan 3. 

The 17-year-old boy who is in his 12th grade will write his pre-board exams starting on Jan 4 as well as the CBSE exams during March. 

His father told DC that all the apprehensions had been set aside and his son can now focus on his studies.

“Now my son needs to attend the model exams starting on Jan 4. We are sincerely hoping and praying that his classmates will not harass our son,” he said.

Sunday’s meeting was also attended by school principal Sebastian T. Joseph, and St. Thomas Educational Society treasurer John Mathew. 

School authorities also confirmed to DC that the five-month-long controversy had been settled and the students can resume their studies and take their exams.

The school had expelled them after the boy hugged after she performed at an event on July 21.