Hyderabad: In a disgusting incident, An 11-year-old girl was made to stand inside boys toilet at a private school in Hyderabad for not coming to school in proper uniform.
The girl studies in class V of the Rao’s High School at Ramachandrapuram in Hyderabad. She is now too terrified to go to school.
The girl’s parents have recorded a video statement of her. Narrating her ordeal, the girl says that she went to school wearing a regular dress. When her PT teacher spotted her in the school, she asked why she was not wearing the uniform.
The girl told her PT teacher that the uniform was wet as her mother had washed it and she could not have come in a wet uniform. But, her reply enraged the PT teacher, who pulled the class V girl to boys’ toilet and made her stand inside it as punishment.
The PT teacher warned her not to repeat the mistake of coming to school without wearing proper uniform. The girl told the PT teacher that her parents had written a note in her diary in this regard, but she was not ready to check the diary.
Other teachers also did not help or look at the note sent by girl’s parents. The girl says in the video that male students, who used the toilet during the time watched and some laughed at her. After some time, the PT teacher allowed her to go into the class.
As the incident came in public domain, Child rights activist Achyuta Rao, to whom the father complained, says this is also a violation under Prevention of Sexual Offences Against Children (POCSO) law.
“We want to press criminal charges against the school and teachers. How can they act in such an insensitive manner,” Mr Rao says.
The incident drew criticism from different quarters, with State Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao taking up the matter with Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari.
“Ridiculous and absolutely inhuman. Will take it up with Hon’ble Deputy CM Education for appropriate action in the school,” tweeted KTR.
Ridiculous & absolutely inhuman. Will take it up with Hon'ble Deputy CM education for appropriate action on the school https://t.co/Te2AndUZhF
— KTR (@KTRTRS) September 10, 2017
His tweet prodded the district administration into action. Soon District Education Officer I. Vijaya Kumari visited the school to ascertain the facts.
“I have visited the school and an inquiry is on. A case has been filed against the teacher and the school management at the Ramchandrapuram police station,” Ms. Kumari told reporters.