A biology teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, in Raipur, has been accused of turning her classes into sermons where she tells girls (and boys) that wearing revealing clothes incites crimes like that of Nirbhaya. She says that girls like Nirbhaya, who are outgoing, are calling for it.
The teacher has said things like, “Girls expose their body only when they don’t have beautiful faces. Girls have become so shameless, why did Nirbhaya go out so late at night with a boy who wasn’t her husband? It’s difficult to understand why an issue was made of this. Such incidents happen with girls in remote areas frequently. Nirbhaya’s mother shouldn’t have allowed her go out so late at night.”
She has said it was Nirbhaya’s mistake and not that of the boys.
Students complained against her
Parents of these girls were obviously troubled by the teacher’s lectures and met the school’s principal, Bhagwan Das Ahire. They filed a complaint against the teacher, Snehlata Shankhwar.
The girls of Class IX and XI had taped her so-called counselling sessions and had shared the clippings with the principal, saying her lectures constituted mental harassment
The girls have said that they felt very embarrassed to sit in class with boys present, given the things she says.
“My child and her classmates felt extremely insulted when the teacher kept asserting her opinion in front of boys. They couldn’t take names in the (anonymous) letter of complaint as the teacher had warned them,” said one of the parents.
Parents have asked the principal to take action within 24 hours. KV Sangathan Assistant Commissioner Venkateshwarlu said he has sought a detailed report from the principal and will comment only after reading it.
Kudos to the parents and girls who took action and understood that rape is not a consequence of what one wears.