The All Kerala Private College Teachers Association (AKPCTA) has demanded strict action against the management of Newman College, Thodupuzha, for the delay in reinstating T.J. Joseph, a teacher there. In a statement, AKPCTA president K.P. Sukumaran Nair and general secretary K. Sreevalsan alleged that Salomi, wife of Mr. Joseph, had committed suicide owing to the hardships caused by the delay in reinstatement.

Mr. Joseph had been dismissed from service following the attack on him by religious fundamentalists over the controversial question paper. Later, he was not taken back into service even after being acquitted by the court in the case.

The role of the college in Salomi’s death cannot be ignored.

A case must be registered against the management for abetting suicide.

The association claimed that the incident was proof of the increasing level of maltreatment being faced by teachers and other employees of colleges.

The authority of managements in initiating harsh action against the employees must be taken away by the government, it said.


Our Special Correspondent writes from Kochi: Joint Christian Council has sought Rs. 10-crore compensation for T. J. Joseph, formerly teacher of Malayalam at Newman College, Thodupuzha. A statement issued by the Christian Council alleged that the professor’s wife Salome committed suicide because the Church authorities had created an impression that the teacher would not get his retirement benefits. The Council has also submitted a petition to the State Human Rights Commission seeking such a compensation for Mr. Joseph, the press release added here.