Qatar teacher jailed for Muslim insults is released

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A Nepalese teacher jailed in Qatar for allegedly insulting Muslims has had all charges against him dropped and is set to fly home to Nepal in the coming days, it has been reported.

Dorje Gurung, a chemistry teacher at Qatar Academy who was fired by the school after he allegedly said “all Muslims are terrorists” during an argument with students three weeks ago, was released after spending around ten days in jail, Doha News reported on Sunday.

Grung was arrested following complaints by students, but colleagues claimed the argument arose after students allegedly made derogatory remarks to the teacher about his nationality and he responded by asking them how they would feel to be stereotyped and called terrorists because they were Muslim.

An online petition was launched on Friday calling for Gurung’s release and amassed more than 12,500 signatures.

“[Gurung] was very grateful for, and overwhelmed by, the level of support he had received from his friends, family, and colleagues from around the world, and by complete strangers who had supported him on the testimony of those who do know him,” Selywn Price, a longtime friend of Gurung’s, was quoted as saying by the Doha News.

In a statement last week, Qatar Academy confirmed “that an incident recently arose involving a staff member... which resulted in formal complaints being made regarding the manner in which students were addressed.”

The teacher is now believed to preparing to leave Qatar and return to his native Nepal.

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Posted by: Fatima Ahmed

@Qatari: Qatar is NOT an Islamic country. It does NOT follow the Shariah; it allows usury, alcohol and capitalism/wealth inequality.

Posted by: Mordicus

Shame on Qatar authorities and on this so called academy. Those kids don't deserve to have teachers.

Posted by: BackfromDoha

I can think of the fate of next teacher in the class - Let us have fun time else you know what we did to the earlier teacher...
Qatari / Nasser, do you think these kids will become good adults with such pampering? Look at what Kuwait is facing now with unruly teenagers / young adults. You can have all the wealth in the world but if you do not respect fellow human being, it won't last for long. The day expats will get another richer country, they will leave en mass. I know many Qataris who are gem of a person - friendly, approachable and VERY helpful. I just hope the new generation does not spoil it through such cases

Posted by: rednrosy

@qatari, according to this article he did not make a hate statement, it would appear that he was being abused by the students, and made a statement that how would they feel if the same happened to them.

Instead of expecting empathy they turned on him.

When I was young, it was the teachers who run the school and we were there to be polite, listen and learn.
As a result we learned respect.
This looks like learning mob rule and it is the students who are running the school.

Posted by: Nasser

To be honest, he is lucky that hes going to get deported. He avoided even more jail time. He should be thankful that he got the opportunity to work in a prosperous country such as Qatar where any expat working as a high school chemistry teacher could be replaced without incident rapidly.

Posted by: Jezinho

@Nasser. Read the article again. He is not being deported - "all charges against him dropped". The shabby way in which he has been treated, Qatar doesn't deserve him and their unruly students will hopefully end up with the education they deserve.

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