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Saturday, 29 August 2009

Schoolgirl paraded without top over fee row in Faridabad

Schoolgirl paraded without top over fee row in Faridabad
29 August 2009
CHANDIGARH: In a shocking incident, a Class III student was allegedly humiliated by her class teacher and stripped of her top for not paying the tuition fee. The victim, who is entitled to full fee concession, was made to move from one classroom to another to cries of "shame, shame'', it has been alleged.

The incident happened at Faridabad Model School on Friday. The nine-year-old daughter of an autorickshaw driver who had been sanctioned full fee concession by the district education department under a scheme for underpriveleged children told her teacher that she had not paid the school fee.

"The teacher then took off her T-shirt and tried to pull the skirt too. When she failed in her attempt, she paraded my daughter from room to room and made the children say shame, shame,'' the mother said. She claimed she came to know of the incident only when the distraught girl returned from school.

Though school principal H S Malik denied the matter was related to fee, she said the teacher has been suspended. The police, too, took cognizance of the complaint made by the victim's mother against the teacher, Neetu. "We came to know about this incident in the afternoon. I have instructed the police station to register a case,'' police commissioner P K Aggarwal said.

Faridabad's district education officer K Bala claimed ignorance but assured immediate probe and appropriate action against the school management and the teacher. According to reports, the victim was made to pay the fee regularly. Her parents had approached the district administration regarding this and invited the school management's ire.
N L Jangid, president of Parent's Association of Faridabad, said the government had failed to implement fee-related instructions of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Supreme Court.

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