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Girl made to stand in boys’ washroom in school as ‘punishment’

A large number of parents and locals gathered at the school to protest against the incident

Hyderabad: An 11-year-old girl was made to stand in the boys’ washroom as “punishment” for not coming to school in uniform, her father has alleged.

A large number of parents and locals on Monday gathered at the school, located in R C Puram area, to protest against the incident.

Telangana’s IT minister K.T. Rama Rao condemned the incident and said he would take up the matter with the deputy chief minister and education minister Kadiyam Srihari.

The state government on Monday ordered an inquiry into the matter and asked the district education officer to submit a report.

According to the class five student’s father, a woman physical training education (PTE) teacher of the school asked his daughter the reason for not wearing the uniform on Saturday.

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“She was not even bothered to listen to my child’s explanation that a note was already written by us in her diary requesting to allow for one day without uniform,” he said.

“She [the teacher] dragged my child forcefully and asked her to stay for five minutes inside the boys’ washroom as a punishment for not wearing the uniform,” he alleged.

“This act of abuse has had a bad impact on my child and hurt her dignity,” he said.

“Now my child is not at all ready to face [her] co-students as she is feeling ashamed,” he said.

The woman teacher, however, denied the allegations and told media on Monday that as the girl was not wearing a uniform, she only asked her the reason for it.

She said the girl was standing near the boys’ washroom and was never asked to stand inside it.

Reacting to the incident, Rao tweeted, “Ridiculous & absolutely inhuman. [I] will take it up with Hon’ble Deputy CM for appropriate action on the school.”

The girl’s father on Sunday approached city-based non-government organisation (NGO) Balala Hakkula Sangham over the incident.