Uttara Bahuguna
Uttara Bahuguna

Uttarakhand: Suspended school teacher describes her ordeal

ANI | Updated: Jun 29, 2018 15:23 IST

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], June 29 (ANI): Uttara Bahuguna, the school teacher who was snapped at by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat for her alleged misbehaviour, on Friday expressed determination about what she called fighting for her rights.
“I am not afraid, I haven’t done anything wrong. I was just asking for my rights,” Bahuguna told ANI.
She claimed that she has only been posted in rural areas of the mountainous state in the last 25 years of her tenure as a teacher.
Describing her ordeal Bhaguna said, “We live here all alone, there is not even a bird around us. How do they expect to live like this?”
She said that she first filed an application for transfer to then Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, who didn’t listen to her and questioned her for reaching out to him.
She also accused the government of being corrupt, making her run from pillar to post but not taking any action.
Bahuguna claimed that she had met Chief Minister Rawat four months ago but even he didn’t take any action.
“I met him four months ago, next day I received a call that the application has been forwarded to the Education Secretary. No action was taken after that,” she said
Demanding justice, she said, “I want justice for myself and my husband. He died because of this government. I suffered all this because of them.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WATCH</a> Uttara Pant Bahuguna, the teacher who was suspended by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Uttarakhand?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Uttarakhand</a> CM Trivendra Singh Rawat after she argued with him yesterday over her transfer, breaks down while talking about the incident. <a href="https://t.co/mex8Z4ofLl">pic.twitter.com/mex8Z4ofLl</a></p>&mdash; ANI (@ANI) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1012589979594346496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 29, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Earlier on Friday, former chief minister Harish Rawat demanded that her suspension be revoked.
"Our system has become so insensitive that a widowed teacher remained posted in a remote area for 25 years and no one listened to her. I advise the Chief Minister to direct police to release her and revoke her suspension," the former chief minister told ANI
The matter came to light when Chief Minister Rawat on Thursday directed the police to arrest Bahuguna for allegedly protesting at his Janata Darbar session in Dehradun.
The Chief Minister also ordered her suspension, after she allegedly used abusive language and showed indecency, while seeking a transfer from a remote location.
In a video of the incident, which went viral, Bahuguna is seen arguing with Chief Minister Rawat after he allegedly dismissed her transfer request. Rawat is heard shouting, "Suspend karo ise abhi (Suspend her immediately). Take her into police custody," following which she was taken out of the hall. (ANI)
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WATCH</a> Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directs police to take a teacher into custody after she protested at ‘Janata Darbar’ over issue of her transfer. CM Rawat suspended the teacher and asked her to leave. (28.06.18) <a href="https://t.co/alAdCY74QK">pic.twitter.com/alAdCY74QK</a></p>&mdash; ANI (@ANI) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1012533821512867840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 29, 2018</a></blockquote>
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