The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to the Arunachal Pradesh government and Ministry of Human Resource Development over the stripping of 88 girls in a school in State’s Papumpare district.
“The sordid act of the school teachers, as reported in the media, is indeed inexcusable. Teachers are always highly respected in the society as they play the role of a true guide and protector for their students. Such an inhuman and insensible act cannot be expected from a teacher,” the NHRC said in a statement.
“Stripping minor girls, in front of the entire school, is unethical and cruel act committed by the teachers who were their lawful custodians and protectors, at that time. The right to dignity of the innocent minor girls has been grossly violated and it will definitely take time for them to overcome the trauma,” the statement added.
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report of the incident, the NHRC issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh calling for a detailed report, returnable by four weeks, in along with action taken against the guilty teachers and steps taken for counseling of the victim students.
The Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development was also asked to inform whether any guidelines for protection of the students from such maltreatment or humiliation have been made/circulated to the States, and if so, to provide a copy of the same along with status report on implementation within 4 weeks.
On 23 November, 88 girls at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Papum Pare district were forced to remove all their clothes in front of their entire school by the three teachers as punishment, when they did not confess for having written vulgar words against the head teacher and another student on a piece of paper.