A male teacher at the Secondary and Higher Secondary Ashram School for Girls at Devgaon in Trimbakeshwar taluka of Nashik told her girl students that they should not plant trees during periods.
The teacher also added that the trees will not grow and burn if girls with periods plant them. A tribal girl belonging to class 12, science faculty has complained about the teacher to the Tribal Development Department (TDD).
“Statements of all, including the students from the girl’s class, teachers, the superintendent and the principal will be taken and an inquiry will be conducted,” additional commissioner Sandeep Golait said.
Meanwhile, Nashik district additional collector and TDD project officer Varsha Meena met the girl at the school and asked about all the problems she is facing there.
The girl also claimed that the school has made the Urine Pregnancy Test (UGP) compulsory for admission though there is no such rule and made students bear the cost.
Saplings planted last year did not grow due to menstruation, the teacher said
The school has 500 girl students. The teacher had told the students not to even wander around trees as the saplings planted last year did not grow due to menstruation and stopped the complainant from planting a sapling.
The girl then approached Bhagwan Madhe, Nashik district secretary, Shramjeevi Sanghatna. Mr. Madhe said the girl couldn’t oppose the male teacher as he is her class teacher and had threatened her that the school has control over 80% of her assessment marks.
Mr. Madhe said he spoke to Golait over the phone and submitted a memorandum against the concerned teacher by visiting Adivasi Vikas Bhavan in Nashik with the girl on July 26.
“The teacher used to taunt the complainant and other girls. Students at the school have other complaints as well, such as the unavailability of warm water to bathe and mattresses to sleep on,” Mr. Madhe told PTI.
Referemces: NDTV, India Times
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