Kerala: Primary school teacher who supported Kiss of Love on FB faces ire of school authorities

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Kerala: Primary school teacher who supported Kiss of Love on FB faces ire of school authorities
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 6: There seems to be no end to Kerala's troubled affair with the revolutionary protest - 'Kiss of Love'. Now, a teacher of government higher secondary school in the state is facing the ire of a group for supporting the protest through her Facebook posts.

It all began after M Sulfath, a social activist and primary school teacher, put up a status and uploaded some photographs in support of 'Kiss of Love protest' on Facebook, said a TOI report. A poster campaign has begun in the locality against her and posters were pasted outside the school in a parents' name. Also, some teachers at the school held a protest demonstration against her.

In her Facebook profile, Sulfath had questioned those who were opposing Kiss of Love. Stressing that the act of kissing is very much a part of Indian culture, Sulfath cited instances of Naga sadhus exhibiting their nakedness in festivals like Kumbh Mela.

The school headmaster Mohanan M, as quoted by TOI, said the teacher's behaviour was not befitting of her profession.

"Both teachers and students had voiced their protest against her. Her behaviour was also discussed at the school development committee meeting as she had tried to malign the school's image by unleashing a campaign that we protected a teacher who was accused in a sex abuse case. However, we never questioned her freedom or her FB posts," the head master said, according to the report.

The school authorities are also planning to raise this issue with the higher officials. However, the school officials dismissed off the rumours that they were planning to oust her from the school.

But Sulfath has an entirely different version of the story. She said school authorities and parents teachers association were acting against her as she had stood up against people who tried to protect a teacher accused in a sexual assault case. "It was only after the intervention from my end and also mothers of some students that they were forced to take action against the said teacher", she said, as quoted by TOI.

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