The governing board of Mount Rosary School on Feb 22 clarified that there was no harassment or discrimination meted out to the physical education teacher of the school, Nagaraj, who is said to have attempted suicide.
According to Malpe police, Nagaraj’s sister Prabhavati
had lodged a complaint that her brother on February 9 attempted suicide
due to harassment by the headmistress and two others of the school
Addressing presspersons, Fr. Dennis D’Sa, Public
Relations Officer of Udupi Catholic Diocese, said that the school
established in 1997 had 1,485 students and 61 teaching and non-teaching
Of these 61 teaching and non-teaching staff, only 20 were
Christians, while the remaining 41 belonged to other religions. The
school had a harmonious relationship between teachers, parents and
Mr. Nagaraj had been working in the school for
14 years. Initially, he worked well. But slowly he became indifferent,
showed indiscipline and was discourteous to his colleagues.
was counselled periodically, but to no avail. Tired of his behaviour,
the school governing board warned him orally several times.
Sr. Regina, a disciplinarian and able administrator, took charge as
headmistress of the school in June 2016, Mr. Nagaraj continued with his
same old habits.
When he realised that Sr. Regina would not
tolerate his behaviour, he started making baseless allegations against
her. He had threatened to commit suicide at a meeting with the
headmistress on August 29, 2016.
On February 9, when Mr. Nagaraj
was called for a meeting in the presence of Fr Lawrence D’Souza,
Secretary of Catholic Education Society, and Philip Neri Aranha, school
correspondent, he accepted a couple of lapses on his part and
But soon he became angry, started banging the desk,
and walked out of the meeting and later allegedly attempted suicide,
which was a well-calculated act. He later made baseless allegations
against Sr. Regina, Fr. D’Souza and Mr. Aranha.
At a meeting held
on February 18, the school governing board and the teaching and
non-teaching staff had unanimously backed Sister Regina. “Our school has
always strived for the welfare of weaker sections,” Fr. D’Sa said.
Acharya, president of Parent Teachers Association, Valerian Mendonca,
diocese chancellor, Vanitha, Assistant school headmistress, Savita,
teacher, and others, were present.