Pope appoints Bala as Bishop. Hijab trouble in Assam school

April 14, 2013 by  
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Bala Udumala Showreddy Appointed as the Bishop of Warangal

Pope FrancisVatican City, 13 April 2013: Pope Francis has appointed on 13 April Fr. Udumala Bala Reddy Show, to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Warangal in India. Prior to this appointment Fr. Reddy Show has been the Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in Bangalore.

Fr. Udumala Bala Reddy Show, was born June 18, 1954, in Ghanpur, Gudur, Diocese of Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. He holds a Diploma in Telugu and a degree in Arts from the University Usmania. He was ordained a priest on 20 February 1979 for the Diocese of Warangal.

He received his Doctorate in Moral Theology from all’ Alphonsianum, Rome in 1994. Since then he had been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad till 1997 when he was appointed Rector of the same Seminary. Since 2006, he has been working as Vice-Secretary of the C.C.B.I. in Bangalore.

The Diocese of Warangal, has been vacant since March 12, 2011, following the transfer of Bishop Thumma Bala to the Metropolitan See of Hyderabad.

The Diocese of Warangal (1952), suffragan of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad, has an area of ​​27,702 square kilometers and a population of 7,724,845 inhabitants, of whom 66,385 are Catholics. There are 55 parishes served by 138 priests (86 diocesan and 52 religious), 28 religious brothers, 526 nuns and 25 seminarians.

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Hijab trouble in Assam school

Fathima Beebi a four year old Nursery student was served notice by the school authority to remove the hijab

Assam, April 13, 2013: Probably for the first time in India’s north-eastern state Assam has witness this incident that a girl has been asked not to come to school wearing a hijab (a scarf which covers the head which is particularly worn by Muslim women). The incident took place at Kristo Jyoti School, Bokakhat in Golaghat district.

Fathima Beebi, a four year old Nursery student was served notice by the school authority to remove the hijab which she wears around her head or to stop from coming to school anymore.

Now, the parent of the student has knocked the door of court seeking justice to follow their tradition. The girl who was admitted in the school in the month of November in 2012 was asked by the school authority on March 21 this year not to wear the hijab. But when she disobeyed the authority, the principal Father Jose Vargsees served a notice to the parents on March 28 to remove the hijab within 15 days of time or not to come to school.

“We were shocked at the behaviour of the school authority. They have serious problem with my daughter wearing a piece of cloth around her head which is a tradition for ages. They were adamant with their say which is quite baseless. So, we have no other option left but to seek justice from the judicial system of the country,” an angry Shanamon AR, the father of Fathima Beebi, told Twocircles.net as he files a Writ Petition at Gauhati High Court.

Kristo Jyoti School, Bokakhat in Golaghat districtShanamon who is posted in Nagaland in Assam Rifles originally hails from Kerala. However, her mother, Alee Ahmed is a local resident of Bokakhat area. The parents also alleged that they were even threatened by the school principal to follow his orders.

“I know that India is a secular country and every citizen has its right to follow its own tradition. I have not seen such type of thing anywhere in the country. I hope justice will be done to my daughter,” he added. Accordingly, advocate Jayanta Kumar Goswami has filed a Writ Petition on April 8.

However, the school authority is adamant with their stand of expelling the girl if she continues to wear the hijab. “Her dress code violates the norm of our school. We wanted that her parents send her to school respecting the rules and regulations of the school,” said principal Father Jose Varghese.

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