Muzaffarnagar: In a distressing incuident from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, where a hostel warden at a residential government school allegedly stripped 70 girls naked, to check weather if they are menstruating.
The incident took place at Gandhi Government Girls hostel in Khatauli area of Muzaffarnagar, when the hostel warden, Surekha Tomar paraded around 70 girls, aged between 8 to 12 years, naked because she was upset over a few blood stains on the toilet seat. She kept the students locked into a classroom for hours without their clothes on. The warden threatened to beat the girls, when some of the younger girls started crying and tried to resist the move. "Some blood was found in the bathroom.The warden ordered us to remove our clothes. It was very humiliating for all of us. We want action against her," one of the students came forward with a statement.
The disturbing incident came into light on Wednesday when the students of the school protested against the move and the news was picked by the media, spurring the local administration into action. The Basic Education Inspector in the district immediately suspended the warden and formed a seven-member committee to probe the incident further.
The Uttar Pradesh government also reacted strictly, with UP minister Shrikant Sharma assuring that due inquiry will be carried out in the incident and the guilty will not be spared.
Meanwhile, Guardians of the students in the school have also criticised the move, with some some of them withdrawing their wards from the hostel. Also, teachers have expressed shock over the incident and appealed the district administration to take strong action in the issue. Some parents alleged that the humiliating incident have left their children in a state of shock.
However, Tomar on the other hand, have accepted that she physically checked the students but said that she was worried about the girls' health after noticing blood stains in the washroom. "Nothing of the sort happened. Some blood was found on the floor and wall of the bathroom. I wanted to check if everything was all right with the girls. Such young girls are sometimes unable to express... I just asked them if anything was wrong," she was quoted as saying. She said that the students did not like her because she was strict about studies and other members of the staff were taking advantage of this and were trying to provoke the girls against her.