Widow attempts suicide before Catholic school

Pushpa Monteiro accused St. Francis School principal Brother N. T. Cyriac of insulting her children for not paying the fees.

Posted on June 28, 2012, 6:40 PM

Protest in front of the school

By ucanindia.in reporter
Bhopal:A widow and her three children on Wednesday attempted to commit suicide before a Christian school in Bhopal.

Pushpa Monteiro accused St. Francis School principal Brother N. T. Cyriac of insulting her children for not paying the fees.

Locals, however, stopped the woman and her two daughters and son from consuming some poisonous substance.

Monteiro said that her children, two in the eighth grade and one in the fifth, were made to stand outside their classrooms for not paying the fees despite being eligible for concessions.

The woman, who works as a maid, said that earlier the school used to give them concessions on account of poverty.

This was discontinued after Brother Cyric took over as the principal a week ago. She alleged that even poor Christian students, entitled for free education, were denied admission this year.

Monteiro also told the crowd in front of the school that even those who already got admission were being humiliated before other students.

Confirming the incident, Nirmal Jude, secretary of Catholic-Isai Kalyan Parishad (Catholic Christian welfare forum), said the new principal was a “rude” person.

He said the principal humiliated poor Christian students who were not able to pay fees despite his school being a charitable school.

The forum, he said, has already taken up the issue with Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal and appealed him to exempt fees of Christian children whose parents’ annual income was less than 10,000 rupees.

Jude said the forum would protest if the Christian schools continued to deny admission to poor children from the community.

However, Brother Cyriac termed the allegations as “baseless.”

“Being a missionary school, we never deny admission to Catholic children and those who deserved concession were given the same. So was the case with the widow who tried to commit suicide,” he said.

Brother Cyriac also alleged that some vested interests have influenced Monteiro.

Meanwhile,the police reached the spot but no case was registered.

Christian School , Suicide Attempt , St. Francis School , Madhya Pradesh
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1 Comment

  1. July 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    real eye opener at what’s happening in Christian schools…very very sad…

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