Himachal high court acts on student's letter


By: Mahesh Chander Sharma

Mandi (Apr 12): Acting on a latter written to Chief Justice of Himachal High Court by a student of class XII from Government Senior Secondary School, Mahadev, Sundernagar, regarding harassment caused to students on the day of Holi due to examination, the High court has forwarded the same to director (secondary education) for appropriate action and further asked to submit a report in the matter.

On March 19 while Holi was being celebrated in various parts of Himachal, the applicant, Rajat Sharma, appeared in an examination and observed that lakhs of students had to face harassment so he wrote a letter to Chief Justice Kurian Joseph, claiming that every year school exams were conducted in the month of March and Holi festival also falls in the same month. It was further mentioned in the latter that in Himachal Pradesh as per local customs at few places this festival of colors was celebrated one or two days prior and at other places it ended about one or two days after the actual date. But the boards and school authorities never foresee this problem being faced by lakhs of students and fix examinations on these days and due to that students face inconvenience as other persons playing Holi apply colors on them while going to schools and coming home.

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  1. it is a matter of concern to be thought over by the education board while scheduling the examinations that holidays don’t collapse on Holi vacations. I am terrified for the girl students( you know how brutal the holi celebrations have come to be these days. Hooliganism has become a pejorative of some rowdy elements celebrating a festival which embarks on the values of brotherhood and fraternity. 

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