In Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, 70 girls were allegedly stripped by the warden to “check for menstrual blood”. This incident took place in a residential school, in the absence of teacher and got initiated after specs of blood were found in the washroom.
As per the reports, the warden used to force the girls to remove their clothes and sit down, naked, to check if anyone is mestruating.
This incident happened on Sunday, the parents of the girls approached the police, in addition to this, they have protested against the school.
An investigation has been ordered by the state government, against the warden, who often hits the girls and blackmails them, claimed by the parents.
“There was no teacher around. we were called downstairs from the hostel. Madam made us to take off our clothes saying she will beat us if we did not. We are kids, what could we do? She would have beaten us had we not obeyed her”, told a student to NDTV.
Chandrakesh Yadav, District
District education officer told the reporters, “We have taken prompt action. A five-member team has been formed. They are investigating the case and the warden will be removed soon. There is zero tolerance towards such acts.”
The warden did not accept the allegations, she refused and said, “No one asked them to remove clothes. This is a conspiracy by the staff because they do not want me to stay here. I am strict, that is why they hate me”.
Menstrual cycle is a natural phenomenon of a human body and should be regarded in the same way. It should not be used in a way to shame or guilt anyone. A healthy society is one which accepts it as a natural process and does not degrade or segregate women undergoing the same.