Adhishree passed the VIII grade examination with good grades. The teacher’s remark in the report card is:
‘Adhishree is a sports enthusiast who has worked hard. She is an intelligent child who has the potential to enhance her performance’
14 May, 2010 after taking the cheque for Rs. 33075 for the first term of IX grade
19 May, 2010 encashing it
28 May, 2010 issuing books and essentials
2 June 2010 evening just a day before the reopening of the school, Adhishree’s parents receive a letter regarding the cancelation of her admission.
3 June 2010 schools reopens
The school has given the following 3 points as reasons for canceling Adhishree’s admission for IX grade (letter attached).
Reason 1: For filing a false complaint and unwarranted allegations against the management
Reason 2: For writing a letter holding the Principal responsible for books lost in the school
Reason 3: For participating and leading Morchas against the Principal
28 Mar, 2008: Fee Hike case registered with 1000+ Vibgyor parents signatures filed with the High Court by Avisha Kulkarni, Sanjita Prasad, Balachandran Unni, Prashant Basrur and Vishal Ruia in representative capacity.
3 July, 2009: As per the Court directives, Deputy Director, Education Department, issues order to reduce fees by nearly Rs. 20,000 (see document in the blog).
School defies the order. Asks parents to pay the original hiked fee structure. Avisha persists with the Education Department to force the school to implement the order. Edu. Dept issues letter in the name of ‘Avisha and parents’ to pay the reduced fees.
School demands the original hiked fees. Parents protest outside the school. All parents are requested by Dy Director’s order to abstain from paying the hiked fees. Yet, every parent pays the original hiked fees except Avisha.
Avisha going by the Court orders and not paying the hiked fees angers the management Avisha starts getting calls.
Reason 1 - Explanation
22-23 July, 2009: Avisha starts getting tip-off calls from reliable source close to the management about threats to her life and expelling the child from the school.
24 July, 2009: As a law abiding citizen, with a proof of support, Avisha brings this to the notice of the Police by writing a letter (see below).
- This is the letter which is now being used as a “false and unwarranted complaint to police” to expel Adhishree.
- Expelling of Adhishree as tipped by the caller (and mentioned in the letter to the police) has indeed come true.
- Do you still believe that the complaint was false and unwarranted? And if they thought it was false and unwarranted Why did they not send a defamation notice to Avisha then and there or why did they not remove Adhishree the then or after she passed 8th std? Why admission was given for 9th std? What happened between 28th May to 2nd June that school had to expel her?
12 Aug, 2009: After investigations, the police did not register any complaint, cognizable or non-cognizable but wrote a letter to Avisha on 12 Aug, 2009 informing her that Mr. Kerawalla was summoned to the police station for enquiry and was cautioned against not doing any such act which might result in a law and order problem. Avisha treated it as a closed chapter.
Points to be noted:
- The letter is a year old. Why school reacted so late by sacking Adhishree?
- What is it that management wants Avisha to withdraw when there is no complaint registered?
- The school obviously had no problem with the above letter for almost a whole year which is why it granted admission to Adhishree in the IX Standard and accepted her fees/gave her books and essentials
- Do you still think the way school expelled Adhishree is right? And innocent child deserves this?
As parents are questioning why Adhishree continued in the school despite the threat?
Avisha’s view point on this:
“My daughter was enjoying her routine in the school, happy with the friends and well settled for the last 6 years. Also, I strongly believed that any educational institution will never stoop to the level of taking parents’ battle to the children.
But since the calls were persistent, as a concerned mother I thought of bringing this to the notice of the police. Did I do any wrong?
“Police assurance of safety, my regard for education system and my eternal optimism never once prompted me to uproot Adhishree from the school. Also my legal battle taken up on behalf of 1000+ parents never allowed me to give up and run away from my responsibility but to face it, fight it and fix it”
“Some parents and the management think all this I’m doing is to establish my political career. Yes…I dream to bring change in the existing corrupt system but by using legal, ethical and moral means and certainly not using my daughter as a tool. If I were to gain your support for my political furtherance, even after working day and night for the fee hike case, why I never became the visual face of this battle and gained mileage out of it?”
“Today, I’m deeply hurt because, like all of you love your children, my beloved daughter is paying the price of my legal battle of bringing justice to all of you. My daughter and I have been singled out and I feel it is a lone battle for us. But even today, I will not give up the values that I believe in and which I am definitely passing on to Adhishree ‘fight for justice and never give up, however difficult the path may be’. I will never let her have this feeling that for no fault of hers, she was labeled as an expelled child and as a mother I never did anything to get her DIGNITY back. She is so very special to me, She is bright, she is intelligent and she has brought laurels to the school and I owe her, her happiness which is being with her friends in the school which she always believed to be hers.”
“Everyone is telling me, shift the child to another school, yes why not if Adhishree is happy to do that..but can anyone tell and convince Adhishree to believe that, yes, school which she believes is hers is a threat to her? Answer her when she asks me’but Mummy I behave well in the school, I study well, I respect my teachers, I am friendly with everyone still then why I have to leave?’
As grown ups when we have to leave our jobs and join new one is it easy for us?”
“Those accusing me of what kind of a parent I am… ask Adhishree, yes, please ask because she really is waiting for someone to talk to her and not alienate her and her mother as a threat to other children’s safety…..Me and Adhishree sincerely thank all those who are trying to get justice for Adhishree”
“Dear Students and Parents, I am a mother who worries not only about my child but concerned about all children’s welfare.
- I’m being blamed for the protest by MNS which I have absolutely no link to. Messages linking me to the protest has been sent by the school to all of you. Has anyone taken the trouble to question the management , ‘on what basis this allegation has been made?’
- I’m being blamed for possible withdrawal of NOC. NOC withdrawal is based on the non-compliance of Government orders by the management and has nothing to do with Adhishree.
I’m ready to face all 2000 parents, at any given time and answer your queries. But whether you would want to do the same with the management is your prerogative”
Reason 2: Explanation
Attached is the letter submitted by Adhishree’s parents to the school. This is self-explanatory.
If the school does not comply with the Court orders, parents gather outside the school to protest. Is it not our fundamental right? And many parents were part of this. Why Avisha is being singled out?