Kerala: Teacher expelled from school over giving birth within four months of marriage
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Kerala: Teacher expelled from school over giving birth within four months of marriage

A strange case has come to light where a teacher has been expelled by the school authorities following the birth of her baby after just four months of her marriage.

A pre-primary teacher of a government school in Kerala’s Malappuram area approached police alleging that the school authorities did not allow her to rejoin school post her four month maternity leave. The reason she cited for this was that she gave birth after four months of her marriage. She has also alleged that the parent-teacher association too supported the school authority in their decision. She has also accused parents and teachers of verbally abusing her at a PTA meeting.

According to the complaint filed by the woman, she has been working at the school for the past five years. She has been divorced for some time but was preparing for a second marriage. As the divorce procedures of the first marriage were getting delayed, she had started to live with her second husband even before legally marrying him.

Later, they got legally married in June 2018 and she applied for maternity leave four months after the marriage. She delivered a baby on the second day after she applied for the leave.

The woman’s leave ended in January 2019. She complained that when she returned in January, the school authorities did not allow her to rejoin the school as she had applied for maternity leave just after four months of her marriage, and that she gave birth on the second day of her maternity leave.

She has also approached the Child Rights Commission seeking strict action against the school authorities. However, the headmaster and PTA office-bearers, however, were not ready to follow the DDE’s direction.

As per the reports, an investigation in the matter against the school authorities is underway and a case will be registered after recording to statement of the woman.

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