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School headmistress charged with allowing textbook with racially insensitive image moves Calcutta HC against suspension

The headmistress was suspended after it was discovered that a textbook in her school depicted a racially insensitive picture to describe the word "ugly" in a kindergarten textbook.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

A school headmistress who was suspended after it was found that her school depicted a racially-profiled image to describe the word "ugly" in a kindergarten textbook has challenged her suspension before the Calcutta High Court (Shrabani Mallick v. The State of West Bengal & Ors).

The headmistress was suspended after it was discovered that her school depicted a racially insensitive picture to describe the word "ugly" in a kindergarten textbook.

The matter came up before the Bench of Justice Arindam Sinha yesterday.

The Junior Standing Counsel for the State Sirsanya Bandyopadhyay sought time to place an affidavit on record.

The State is opposing the headmistress' plea for a quash of the suspension Order, submitting that she permitted the use of racially-profiled image in textbooks used in the school.

The Bench allowed the state to place its affidavit on record today.

Accordingly, the case is expected to have been taken up for hearing today.

Read the Order here:

Shrabani Mallick v. The State of West Bengal & Ors. - Interim Order dated August 17.pdf
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