October 12, 2012
S.Bhadrapada Krushna Dwadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Some Indian students at a Boksburg school in South Africa are reportedly being racially abused for wearing red strings around their wrists as part of the Hindu faith.
Several parents of pupils at the Parkdene Primary School in Boksburg claimed that the children suffered racial abuse and discrimination, following which they were told to make their children to wear a red jersey to hide the strings.
In one of the incidents, a Grade 3 pupil was reportedly discriminated by his music teacher, who is the principal’s wife, for wearing red strings on his wrists. His parents claimed that he was called a “coolie” several times in front of his classmates and was told to take the strings off.
“We are sickened by the reported racial discrimination doing the rounds at schools in Gauteng,” News24 quoted provincial leader Bonginkosi Dhlamini, as saying in a statement.
Dhlamini said the teacher’s alleged behaviour “demonstrates the dwindling humanistic culture in our society”.
“This unendurable action by the teacher is a regressive sign of racial battles still protruding in our society, and strict measures needs to be taken against those who… blatantly attack innocent children because of their race and religion,” he said.
The principal refused to make any comments, and said that the department was dealing with the matter.