For the sake of punishment, 88 girl’s students were made to undress by the school teachers

In a school in Arunachal Pradesh, 88 girls students were purportedly forced to undress by three teachers as a retribution for writing vulgar words against the head teacher. The students belonged to class VI and VII of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Tani Happa (New Sagalee) in Papum Pare district, police said.

The embarrassing incident took place on November 23 but came in front of people on November 27 after the students approached the All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU), who then filed an FIR with the local police.

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According to the complaint, there were two assistant teachers and a junior teacher who forced 88 students to undress before other students subsequent the recovery of a piece of paper comprising vulgar words against the head teacher and a girl student.

Papum Pare Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo confirmed the FIR and that said the case has been forwarded to the women police station. “The officer-in-charge of the (women) police station said the victims and their parents along with the teachers will be interrogated before registering a case,” Amo said.

A team of All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) had met the students and teachers on Tuesday and found that an anonymous student had used vulgar words in a piece of paper stating the name of the head teacher and a girl student, a release by APPDSU said.

The teachers asked the clarification from all the 88 students of classes VI and VII, who were later made to undress before the other students as punishment, it said.

“The school authorities did not speak to the parents of the students before punishing them,” APPDSU president Nabam Tado said.

Condemning the incident, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said such “heinous act” by the teachers might disturb the students. “Tempering with a child’s dignity is against the law as well as the constitution,” it said in a statement.

“To discipline a student is an attitude, personality, duty and assurance of a teacher. Undressing a student is not a right measure. Imposing such punishment is a total defilement of child rights, and more probable it may quicken the risk of child abuse,” the party added.



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