Qatar teacher jailed for insulting Muslims

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A Nepalese teacher at a school in Qatar has been fired and is currently in jail following complaints he insulted Islam and allegedly said “all Muslims are terrorists” during an argument with students.

Dorje Gurung, a chemistry teacher at Qatar Academy, was fired by the school last week after he allegedly made the derogatory comments during an argument with a group of his pupils two weeks ago.

The Nepalese expat was subsequently arrested by police and is currently in jail, Doha News reported.

“We can confirm that an incident recently arose involving a staff member at Qatar Academy which resulted in formal complaints being made regarding the manner in which students were addressed,” Qatar Academy said in a media statement.

“Appropriate action was taken by the school’s leadership for the teacher to depart from Qatar Academy. Since leaving our employment, we have learned that the incident is under investigation by the authorities. Therefore, it is currently inappropriate to comment further,” it added.

The incident occurred two weeks ago and unnamed sources at the school claimed Gurung is allegedly to have remarked that “all Muslims are terrorists” during the argument with students.

The Nepalese embassy confirmed to Doha News that Gurung was currently in jail.

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Posted by: graeme

Islam is not better than any other religion, to all the muslims out there, stop putting yourself on a pedestal, you are filled with self importance that is not entirely justified.

The Quran supposedly teaches tolerance, if someone hurts you with their words, be mature about it and:

a) grow a thick skin, tell them how you feel ad try and work through the problem,

b) stop believing it's your way or the highway, we now live in a global society and these thoughts of juat stuffing people into jail for use of words is so archaic. Really, I mean is that what happens in the UAE? Someone offends you so you dob them in and inflict jail punishment? That is just such an outdated concept!!

Posted by: Quantum Mechanics

@ Greame, Nobody understands Islam. Learn the religion first before we put any comment.
We cannot tell these people what to do, therefore your advices are inappropiate. Their Sharia Law is very strict, we Christians will never understand.

Nevertheless, harassment physically and verbally is unacceptable.

Posted by: Afzal Khan

Whether the students misbehave is irrelavant. The fact is the teacher insulted Qatar and a billion people with his comments. He should be given very strict punishment, I also salute the boys for having courage to complain. Sometimes such teachers may insult thinking the boys are too young to complain.

Posted by: I Gnore

More ignorance. Thanks we know it already Mr Khan.

Posted by: who you fooling

@ Afzal

Its people jumping at conclusions like this with out knowing all the facts that causes such problems worldwide, he and Nepal were the ones being abused.
Read the story!!

Posted by: Paolo C

In this world there is simply no justice. Obviously Qataris are trying not to lose their face in this quite irrilevant episode. The teacher probably thought he was dealing with smart children. Clearly this in not the case. Funny also that in the western media, and especially in the USA, the stigmatisation of arabs as terrorists is heard on a daily basis. I do not see any arab Gouvernment standing up to protest against this western propaganda. The same episode could have easily happened even in a so called civilized country like Germany if a professor would have tried to explain children to be more critical about history of the last century and in particular about the alleged holocaust. Instead the educational system in the western countries is aimed in brainwashing children at an early stage with the usual holocaust story, the visit to the concentration camps and bla bah, blah. I haven't seen any initiative to visit instead Palestine. It's all a bunch of propaganda.

Posted by: Mr T J Hoare

The root cause of this incident is in the fundamental lack of proper upbringing ,
"Spare the rod and spoil the child ", these children need chastising , not their teachers ,the teachers should be given silent respect,
for common sense sake these are badly parented Children indoctrinated with ignorant disrespect for their elders.
National Governments should not be involved in religious beliefs or racism , religion is a private matter between a man and his conscience , governments and the judiciary should stand back and let the educational authority deal with this matter ,
the whole scenario is medieval in mentality, to bring the law into play makes mockery of your system and how you people conduct your country
There is too much of this "We are in some way superior " shoved in the faces of foreign workers who are an integral part of your modern day community .

Posted by: TFG

The real mockery is the constant school shootings we hear about constantly all across Europe and North America.

The list and recurrence is a mile long and it wont be long before we get another one.

So spare me moral high horses.

Glass houses, stones, and all that jazz...

Posted by: MJM

Shame on the management of Qatar Academy for not putting up the right resources in place to protect its teachers. Some students believe they are above the law, despite studying in a school with IB syllabus.
We know the story of this teacher personally, and the students physically abused this teacher, before he asked them, a simple question of how would they like to be stereotyped.
It is very sad, that the media has just portrayed a story without checking the relevant facts.
I implore the Academy to put in place protection and barriers for teachers at the same, I also implore the Govt to re-look at the facts before this goes to the National Human Right Committee in Qatar, which in itself is yet to prove what they really do.
So sad to know that this behaviour from a country which 'aspires' to be world-class.

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