An 11-year-old girl was allegedly sent to the boys’ washroom as a punishment for not wearing the school uniform by a teacher at a private school in Hyderabad.
The Telangana government ordered an inquiry into the incident on Monday after the Andhra Pradesh Child Rights Association lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission and also the police.
The incident, which took place on Saturday at Rao's High School in Ramachandrapuram located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, triggered severe backlash with angry parents and child rights activists vandalising the administration office on Monday.
P Vijay, the father of the girl, said that his daughter returned from school on Saturday in a traumatic state.
"She broke down and said that she was made to stand near the boys’ washroom for wearing a normal dress instead of school uniform. I had written a note in her diary that her uniform was washed and didn’t dry completely so she could not wear it, but the Physical Education teacher who pulled her up refused to listen and shouted at her and asked her to stand at the washroom.
My daughter felt very humiliated and has refused to go to school. She is asking me if she has to go school like this where students are humiliated. She said that students who came to the washroom laughed at her,” he said.
However, Priyanka K, the in-charge of the school, denied allegations saying that the 11-year-old girl was not asked to stand outside the boys' washroom.
"She was asked to stand outside her class 5 which happens to be near the washroom. The girl did not show the note written by her father in the diary. She was sent back to the class after a few minutes. We have suspended the teacher who punished her," Priyanka said.
The parents of the girl made a video, which features her talking about her traumatic experience.
Child Rights Association President P Achyuta Rao said the girl’s father approached him with the complaint on Sunday. Rao said confining a girl to the boys’ washroom was nothing short of sexual abuse, and that he has asked for action against the staff and the school management.
The incident comes just days after a Class 2 student was found murdered in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurugram.