The girls’ father alleged that when he went to the school to lodge a complaint against the teacher, the principal threatened him for not paying the money.
Begusarai, Bihar: Two minor girls were stripped and humiliated by school authorities after their parents failed to pay school fees in Bihar. The incident took place Thursday at the B R Education Academy at Koria village in Mufassil police station area.
The sisters, studying in class I and nursery, had to pay Rs 1,600 for two pairs of uniform that the school had distributed when the current session began in April, but had failed to do so. When they came to school, class teacher Anjana Devi allegedly stripped the girls and sent them home in undergarments.
The girls’ father, Chunchun Kumar Sao, who runs a small provision store, alleged that when he went to the school to lodge a complaint against the teacher, principal Mukesh Kumar threatened him for not paying the money. Sao lodged a police complaint on Friday afternoon.
In his complaint to the police, a PTI report said, Sao was asked to meet a teacher when he went to pick up his daughters from school. She demanded that he deposit the fee for the school uniform. Sao asked for some time to arrange the money but the teacher refused. Eventually, the teacher took off the uniform worn by his daughters in front of everyone and threw the girls out of the school.
Three persons have been arrested by the police, including the school principal and teacher.
Begusarai SP Ranjeet Kumar Mishra told the Indian Express: “As it was a written complaint of a serious nature, we immediately sent a DSP to the school. The DSP spoke to some students and local residents and was convinced that the two girls were stripped.”
“We were walking with our bags when Anjana Ma’am saw us and called us over. She asked us to go get our father and later asked him for money. My father said he doesn’t have money and will pay tomorrow. This led to a fight. She later asked us to take our clothes off. When we refused, she forcefully stripped us”, the girls told The Quint.
State education minister Ashok Chaudhary said that “stern action against the school will be taken”.
Several incidents of children being humiliated by schools have come up recently. In January this year, a 16-year-old boy in Hyderabad hanged himself after being harassed at school for a delay in paying fees. Last year, a private school in Hyderabad made a Class 6 student stand outside the classroom for not paying fees while all other students appeared for an exam. In October 2015, a 14-year-old boy killed himself for the same reasons.
(With inputs from PTI)