The Karnataka government has launched an inquiry into a disturbing incident where a girl student from the Brahmin community alleges that she was forcefully fed eggs by her teacher during the midday meal at a government school. The father of the class 2 student, in a letter to the Education Department, expressed deep concern, stating that the teacher’s actions had hurt their religious sentiments.
In the complaint, the father emphasized that the family follows a strict vegetarian diet, a fact that had been communicated to the school authorities previously. Despite this, he claimed that the teacher ignored their dietary preferences and forcibly fed eggs to his daughter during the midday meal.
As part of the ongoing inquiry, the Block Education officer and the Midday Meal attender visited the school to gather information. A senior education department official, after a preliminary inquiry, stated that while the teacher did ask students who preferred to have eggs, including the complainant’s daughter, no student was forced to consume eggs against their will.
Parameshwarappa C R, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (Shivamogga), emphasized the seriousness of the issue. He stated that based on the information received, there was no evidence of the student being forcefully fed eggs. However, he assured a thorough review of the report submitted by the Block Education officer, promising serious action against the teacher if any violation of rules is found.
This incident raises concerns about religious sensitivity in educational institutions, prompting the government to address the issue promptly and ensure that the rights and beliefs of students and their families are respected.