School Punishes Students Over Mehendi On Hands, Later Apologises

A convent school in Gujarat is facing backlash after girls were stopped from entering classrooms over mehendi or henna tattoos on their hands. Angry parents confronted the administration of the Queen of Angel’s Convent School in Bharuch and some local Hindu outfits even protested outside the school, which is run by a Christian trust.

As many as 40 girls at a convent school in Gujarat’s Bharuch were barred from attending classes after they turned up at school applying henna on their palms.

Parents alleged that they were summoned by Queen of Angels Convent School on Wednesday and asked not to send their children to school until the colour of the henna faded, according to a report in Indian Express.

Soon local BJP MLA Dushyant Patel and members of RSS, VHP, Hindu Maha Sabha and Hindu Jagran Manch reached the school, demanding a written apology.

The school administration said its “no-henna” rule was not new and added that it has not suspended any student. At the same time, officials assured that this would not happen again.

“This type of incident will not be repeated. We celebrate all festivals. We don’t discriminate students on the basis of their religion. This rule has been followed in our school from the beginning. We haven’t suspended anyone,” ANI quoted Sister Shila from the school administration.