Atheist teacher gets backing from High Court

Sep 11, 2013

Can refusal to fold hands during prayer be called indiscipline, asks Bench


Nashik-based teacher Sanjay Salve, who refused to fold his hands during religious prayers at his school, has found support from the Bombay High Court. “How can a state-funded school term this indiscipline,” asked a Division Bench on Friday.

The Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Revati Mohite Dhere was hearing a writ petition filed by Mr. Salve against the school’s managing committee.

The Hindu had reported the teacher’s six-year fight against the school management. The Savitribai Phule Secondary School had withheld Mr. Salve’s increments as he refused to participate in the daily prayer. 

Written By: The Hindu
continue to source article at thehindu.com

0 comments on “Atheist teacher gets backing from High Court

  • Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated in Pune India recently. He fought superstition and “miracles”. Presumably he was cutting into somebody’s con and they Mafia-like had him killed.



    Report abuse

  • 2
    Cairsley says:

    In reply to #1 by Roedy:

    Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated in Pune India recently. He fought superstition and “miracles”. Presumably he was cutting into somebody’s con and they Mafia-like had him killed.

    That seems to be quite different from Sanjay Salve’s case, where the school management seem to be the aggressors attacking Mr Salve’s constitutional right to freedom of and from religion. Mr Salve has not been attacking anything; he has merely been doing his job and respectfully declining to participate in the school’s daily prayer-ritual because he does not believe in the religion. Let us hope that the court will order Mr Salve to be paid all the salary that is owed to him and also to be compensated for some six years of what amounts to the school management’s bureaucratic bullying on a matter where it has contravened the Indian Constitution.



    Report abuse

  • 3
    tejas_gokhale01 says:

    Its a great irony that a school named “Savitribai Phule Secondary School” has a management like this. Savitribai was a one of the great rationalists way ahead of her time. And this?



    Report abuse

Leave a Reply

View our comment policy.