A group of around 65 girls at a residential school here were allegedly threatened and forced to strip by the hostel warden “to check for menstrual blood”, following which an inquiry has been ordered into the incident by the Uttar Pradesh government. According to a complaint filedby the parents of the victims, the junior class students of the girls’ residential school in the district were forced to strip by the warden onThursday.
UP’s power minister Shrikant Sharma condemned the shameful incident on Friday and said a probe has been initiated. “We were informed through the media; the concerned officers have been given instructions to carry out investigation,” Sharma said. One girl student said the warden ordered girls to remove their clothes after discovering blood stains in the bathroom. “It was very humiliating for all of us. Wewant action against her,” the girl said.
The warden allegedly threatened the students of dire consequences if they disobeyed her command, district primary education officer Chander Kesh Yadav revealed.
The warden has, however, denied the allegations. “No one asked them to remove their clothes. All this is a conspiracy by the staff because they do not want me to stay here. I had been asked to check whether the staff members were performing their duties. I am strict, that is why they hate me,” she claimed.
Meanwhile, 35 out of the total 65 students of the school left after the reports of harassment by the warden surfaced. She has since been suspeneded. Many students have come forward with similar allegations, Yadav added.