Dear Parents/Students of Vibgyor High School,
We are writing this letter to you since a disinformation campaign has been launched by the management to distort the truth relating to the dismissal of Class 9 student Adhishree Gopalkrishnan.
It is said that if Adhishree feels so insecure in the school then she should not have taken admission in the first place. The truth is that LAST JULY, when the writ petition filed by a group of parents against the arbitrary and illegal fee hike of Rs 27,000 was pending before the high court, a source very close to the management tipped the parents of Adhishree about a possible threat to Dr. Avisha Kulkarni’s life and that of their only child, Adhishree. Dr Kulkarni, the mother, who is one of the petitioners, had recorded this conversation & naturally got worried and as any parent would have done, approached the police and gave an application about the matter. The police investigated the matter and informed the family that the person concerned has been suitably warned. This matter was firmly closed almost one year ago.
The second piece of disinformation is that the parents “threatened” the principal. What happened was that last year, some of Adhishree's work books went “missing” mysteriously in succession in the school. As a result of this, she had to write her notes all over again. Since there was a pattern to this, the parents wrote a letter to the principal drawing his attention to the incidents and told him that he would be held responsible if such incidents persisted. After this, this matter also came to a close.
The Third piece of disinformation is that Dr. Kulkarni took out a morcha against the school & raised slogans. Dr. Kulkarni was one amongst 100’s of concerned parents who protested against the school not implementing Dy. Director’s, Education, order as per High Court directives to charge a reduced fee of app. Rs. 61,000 & not the School’s hiked fees of Rs. 82,150. School has even challenged this order of Dy. Director’s, Education, order in the High Court.
As for the case against the fee hike which was filed with the support of more than 1,000 signatures of parents, the matter is still pending before the high court. Please note that this legal battle, entailing huge expense, is being fought in your interest. You will agree that it is our democratic right to oppose huge fee hikes which have been effected without the concurrence of the PTA. Incidentally, there is no PTA in the school, since the last two years, which is a complete violation of the law.
Precisely because the management had no problem with Adhishree, who has brought laurels to the school as an excellent basketball player, that it granted her admission for Class 9. A fee of Rs 33,075 was asked for & was accepted by issuing a receipt for the same and she was given her books & other school essentials for Std. IX on 28th May 2010.. If the management did not want her to continue in the school, why did it admit her and accept her fee in the first place? This is the core question which you should be asking the management.
Nothing has happened between the time when the fee was accepted and till the reopening of the school on June 3 to warrant her dismissal. On the eve of the reopening of the school, she receives a letter sacking her. How would you have felt if this was to have happened to your child? As educated persons with a sense of justice, we are sure that you also would have protested against this gross injustice done to the student.
Friends, we continue to remain well-wishers of the school. We want its standards to be improved vastly and we wish that cordial relations prevail in the institution. But you will agree that the sacking of Adhishree is a totally illegal, arbitrary and capricious act which needs to be opposed tooth and nail. You have all material comforts, but let us not put up with injustice and violation of the dignity of our children. Today, it is Adhishree, tomorrow it could be your child.
We DO NOT support the withdrawal of the NOC by the government. But if that does happen then the blame very squarely AND SOLELY rests on the shoulders of the Vibgyor management. We appeal to you to join hands with us, express your solidarity and collectively ensure that Adhishree is taken back expediously.
With best wishes.
Justice For Adhishree Committee