Shashi Tharoor move settles hug row

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Published Dec 30, 2017, 5:46 am IST
Updated Dec 30, 2017, 5:46 am IST
Mr Tharoor told reporters after the two-hour talks that he was only interested in the future of the students.
Shashi Tharoor
 Shashi Tharoor

Thiruvananthapuram: The controversy over the hugging incident at the St. Thomas Central School here  has been solved with the intervention Mr Shashi Tharoor MP.  The school management has agreed to take back both the boy and girl  students of 12th and 11th classes respectively, who were dismissed  after they hugged each other on the campus on July 21. 

The issue was resolved at the  conciliatory talks  held at the government guest house at Thycaud  on Friday. Mr Tharoor  wanted that  the girl  should be allowed to continue her  studies and the boy be allowed to write his CBSE 12th board exams in March.  Mr Tharoor told reporters after the two-hour talks that he was only interested in the future of the students. The girl’s transfer certificate from the earlier school will be issued on January 3 when it  reopens after Christmas holidays.

 

Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, head of the Marthoma Church,  had earlier asked the school authorities to arrive at  an amicable situation.

"The management  asked  us to  drop the case filed before the Child Rights Commission.  We want them to remove the derogatory comments made against my son in the case filed before  the High Court,” said  the boy’s father.

The girl expressed happiness  that  she will not lose a year. "The ordeal has been going on for more than five months now. I have to complete the technical formalities and resume my studies," she said.

Her mother thanked  Mr Tharoor for his intervention. The school authorities will  inform the  CBSE in New Delhi about the latest developments. 

Besides Mr Tharoor, the talks were  attended by  Rajan Varghese, secretary of Marthoma Educational Society, Sebastian T. Joseph, principal, Abraham Thomas, school governing council member, D. V. Vinodkrishna, Congress leader  and the parents of the students

The  boy had hugged the girl after she sang well in a western music competition. 





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