Sacked on wedding day, teacher couple reinstated but won’t join

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: A teacher couple, sacked by a private school in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on their wedding day allegedly for being in a romantic relationship before their wedlock, was today reinstated after the district administration stepped in. However, the couple said they would not join as the school management “continued to humiliate” them. Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, both residents of Tral town in Pulwama, were working in boys and girls wings of Muslim Educational Institute Pampore respectively for the past several years. But their services were abruptly terminated by the school management on November 30, the day they got married. The school administration said the duo was relieved from services as they were in a “romantic relationship” before marriage. “They were having romance and it is not good for the 2,000 students of the school and 200 staff members working there. This can adversely affect the students,” chairman of the school, Bashir Masoodi had said.