The Hush Post| 2:06 pm|one-minute-read|
Girl students were made to undress right up to the underwear to ascertain if they were menstruating.
The staff members at a Gujarat college, led by the principal, are said to have humiliated dozens of woman students. They were insulted by “parading” and forcing them to remove their underwear to prove they weren’t on their period.
That’s according to a news report by The Ahmedabad Mirror. The report explains that the Shri Sahjanand Girls’ Institute, located in Bhuj, adheres to norms requiring menstruating women to avoid physical contact with other students, and stay out of the kitchen and a nearby temple.
Around 1,500 students are enrolled at the college, run by Swaminarayan Mandir followers. The principal is said to have stepped in after receiving a complaint that menstruating women had violated norms banning contact with others or entering the kitchen and temple.
According to one student’s account of this week’s events, the women were interrupted during lessons, publicly asked which of them was on her period, and forced to take off their underwear in a restroom. Another student said the harassment was routine.
The second student explained that women from distant Gujarat villages had to live in a hostel housing school students. This, in the absence of dedicated accommodation for college-goers. A trustee told them they were welcome to go to court. However, they imposed two conditions: the women should leave the school hostel and sign a declaration denying that anything had happened to them.
Neither the trustee nor the principal, who is a woman, responded to requests for their comments. But two other officials — including a second trustee — have promised “action”.