Three teachers of an Arunachal Pradesh girls’ school forced 88 students to undress to punish them for writing vulgar words against the head teacher. The incident took place on 23rd November in Papum Pare district’s Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.
The matter came into light on November 27 after the students sought help from the All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU). The ASSU then lodged an FIR with the local police. The case has now been forwarded to the women police station here.
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“To discipline a student is an attitude, character, responsibility and commitment of a teacher. Undressing a student is definitely not a corrective measure… Imposing such punishment is total violation of child rights, and more likely it may accelerate the risk of child abuse,”- The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)
An unidentified student had reportedly used vulgar words in a piece of paper mentioning the name of the head teacher and girl student, a release by APPDSU said.
When none of the girls could offer an explanation about the incident, the teachers then asked the girls to undress before the other students, APPDSU said.
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A “heinous act”
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has condemned the incident, calling it a “heinous act” by the teachers. It also said that the incident might affect the students.
“Tampering 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, character, responsibility and commitment of a teacher. Undressing a student is definitely not a corrective measure…Imposing such punishment is total violation of child rights, and more likely it may accelerate the risk of child abuse,” the party added.
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