Eighty-eight girl students of class six and seven in a school in Arunachal Pradesh were allegedly forced to undress by three teachers as a punishment for writing vulgar words against the head teacher and a student. The students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Tani Happa in Papum Pare district were subjected to this humiliating treatment.
The matter came into notice when student’s parents approached the All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU). Considering the degree of humiliation faced by girls, they filed a FIR in the local police station on 27th of November. According to the FIR, two assistant teachers and a junior teacher forced 88 students to undress before other students as a punishment of writing vulgar words about the head teacher and a girl student. As per reports, a piece of paper was recovered containing those vulgar words written by an un-identified student.
On Wednesday, the All Papum Pare District Students Union had met the students and teachers. Union President Nabam Tado said, “The school authorities did not speak to the parents of the students before punishing them.”
The case was filed, and has been forwarded to the women’s police station in Itanagar. Papum Pare’s SP, Tumme Amo said, “The officer in-charge of the [women’s] police station said the victims and their parents along with the teachers will be interrogated before registering a case.”
Appropriate punishment for a wrong behavior is necessary but undressing a student is definitely not a corrective measure to take; schools need to understand their responsibility as a creator of future of a nation!