The principal and a teacher of a government girls school in Punjab's Fazilka district have been suspended for allegedly stripping some students to check who was wearing a sanitary pad, after a soiled one was found in the school toilet, an official spokesperson said Tuesday. School headmaster Kuldeep Kaur and teacher Jyoti have been suspended on the directives of the chief minister, the spokesperson said. The incident, which came to light last week, was brought to the chief minister's notice after a video showed students crying and complaining that they had been stripped by the teachers in the school premises. The teachers were reportedly trying to find out who was wearing a sanitary pad, after a soiled one was found in the school toilet. The chief minister has issued strict instructions to show no laxity in the matter as the respect and dignity of the students could not be allowed to be compromised at any cost. Singh has reiterated his government's commitment to providing a favourable environment for education and empowerment of girls.
The chief minister had on Friday ordered a probe into the allegations of stripping made by some of the students and their parents. The chief minister had also directed Secretary Education Krishan Kumar to complete the investigation by Monday and take further action if necessary. The inquiry report said the students were checked twice on the directions and with full knowledge of the school principal and the teacher. The girls were checked with their clothes on the first time and then the two women got them checked again by senior girl students of class 8 with their clothes taken off, as per the SDM Abohar, at whose office the statements of Kuldeep and Jyoti were recorded on Monday. The committee unanimously agreed to the "indifference and insensitivity" towards women's physical dignity expressed by the school staff. The report further said that though there may not have been any intent of physical/sexual assault, the teachers, at the outset, were found to be "negligent and careless".