Eleven Year Old Girl Made to Stand Inside Boy’s Washroom
Written by: Tanya Patel - September 11, 2017
An 11 year old girl from Hyderabad pleaded her parents to not send her back to her school. When the girl was questioned as to why she did not want to go to school she said that on Saturday she was punished for not wearing the school uniform. But the girl’s fear was right as the punishment was unlike others, a non teaching staff made the girl stand in the boy’s toilet.
The incident took place at Rao’s High School at BHEL. Even though the girl had a note from her parents in her diary as to why she was not in the proper uniform she was still punished.
The father wrote a letter to the principal of the school that read, “In the afternoon, when my child used the washroom and was going back to her class room, a non-teaching staff member of the school saw her, and did not even bother to listen to my child’s explanation for not wearing a uniform.”
The letter further stated, “She dragged my girl child forcibly to the boy’s washroom and asked her to stay there for some time as punishment. This act of abuse has had a very bad impact on my child and damaged the personal dignity of my child. She came home and burst out crying while explaining the incident.”
When the parents approached the school, the management sided with the non teaching staff member and ignored the parent’s complaint.
The father was quoted saying, “Now, my child is mentally traumatized and ashamed of facing her co-students. She is trying to avoid sitting with us, speaking to us and is spending her time in loneliness.”
The parents decided to go to Balala Hakkula Sangham, a well known NGO. The NGO released a statement that said, “We are treating this as a serious crime and we are going to lodge a police complaint and also take up the matter with the Human Rights Commission (HRC.”)
Telangana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao also heard of the incident and tweeted, “Ridiculous & absolutely inhuman. Will take it up with Hon’ble Deputy CM education for appropriate action on the school.”
The school is still denying the allegations. The Vice Principal of the school spoke to a news agency and said, “Whatever is being displayed is wrong. I don’t know how it got twisted this way. The girl was not made to stand inside the washroom, and she was made to stand outside her class.”
The vice principal further justified the PT teacher that gave the girl the punishment and said, “It is a misunderstanding. Things don’t happen like that in the school. It is inhuman. Besides, the PT teacher itself (sic) is a woman. So, going inside the boy’s washroom is out of the question.”
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