A school in Pakistan has stoked a controversy by issuing a shocking circular banning Punjabi language and labelling it as ‘foul’. According to a media report, Beaconhouse School System in Sahiwal in Pakistan’s Punjab, has sent out a circular to parents informing about the disciplinary policy of the school. One of the instructions was about the ban on foul language in school and home. “Foul language is not allowed within and outside the school premises, in the morning, during the school hours and after home time. Foul language includes taunts, abuse, Punjabi and hate speech,” the circular said.
The malicious circular has been doing the rounds of social media and has received flak from angry users including those in India. Punjabi activists has flayed the school authority for demeaning the language and cultural heritage of Punjab.
Here are some reactions:
# Zarqa Paul @PXarqa
Today I am ashmed of giving a service of decade to Beaconhouse School System
# Iqbal Haider Butt @iqbutt
No signs of remorse, Beaconhouse School System is stil arrogant on calling Punjabi as a “foul language”
# Saadi Makhdoom @saadimakhdoom
Another fail by the #Beaconhouse School system communication department. Banning Punjabi and terming it as foul.
# Sue Moffat @Sue4AudleyWard
To call the language of a people foul, is of the steps towards dehumanising that people and demonising them..
# srosh anwar @sroshanwar
“Foul language includes taunts, abuses, Punjabi and the hate speech.”, School system defining our local language
# Nudrrat Khawaja @NudrratKhawaja
Throughout my time at Beaconhouse School System, we were discouraged to speak Urdu & Punjabi;
# Punjabi Think Tank @PunjabiThinker
Beaconhouse has insulted the “Sufi Saints of Punjab” and Punjabi Nation. Punjabi nation is the 9th biggest.