An incident from Kerala had come to light where a class XII student had been expelled for hugging a female schoolmate.
The school even stalked their social media profiles to make their case stronger and what's even more surprising is that the Kerala High Court also upheld the school's decision.
The apparent regressive attitude of the school didn't go down well with Shashi Tharoor. Being an MP from Kerala, Tharoor spoke on the issue, condemning it.
He spoke on how wrong and unnecessary it was to sexualise innocent affection.
Puritanical patriarchy run rampant. By sexualizing innocent affection between friends & fellow students, we are creating self-conscious hypocrites trained to suppress their feelings. And in this case, damaging a student's academic career. I'm appalled. https://t.co/An0yScjBep— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 17, 2017
He even expressed concern on the effects the news is going to have on the minds of the people. He realised the negative image of India it is going to cast to the world at large.
I wonder how many people will read this story &wonder if this is really happening in 2017, in a democracy. Handshakes not allowed? No right to privacy? What kind of society will such repressive attitudes produce? https://t.co/jeuDDL8HYL— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 17, 2017
We couldn't agree more with Mr. Tharoor. The school has definitely blown the issue out of proportion, playing with the lives of two innocent children.
Are humans expected to live as robots with no affection for fellow beings?