Punjab Schoolgirls Allegedly Stripped For Sanitary Pad, Probe Ordered

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Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked the education secretary to monitor probe. (Representational)

Chandigarh:

Some students at a government girls' school in Punjab's Fazilka district were allegedly stripped by teachers to check which one of them was wearing a sanitary pad, after one was found discarded in the school toilet. Two teachers were transferred and an inquiry ordered after the matter was brought to the notice of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, an official spokesperson said Saturday.

A video clip showed some girls crying and complaining that teachers stripped them on the premises of their school in Kundal village three days back.

The teachers were trying to find out which of the girls was wearing a sanitary napkin, after one was found in the school toilet, officials concerned said.

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The chief minister directed Education Secretary Krishan Kumar to complete the investigation by Monday and take further action as necessary. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked the education secretary to personally monitor the investigation

The district education officer was asked to visit the school, and on questioning the students and their parents found prima facie evidence of the involvement of the two teachers.

A government spokesperson said further disciplinary action, according to rules, will be taken after the students' statements are recorded and the inquiry report received.

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