Gandhinagar: Though there’s a rising “Pad Man” motion with each effort being made to finish the stigma round menstruation, a university run by Swaminarayan sect in Gujarat’s Bhuj city has sparked controversy after they ordered lady college students to strip to test whether or not they have been in interval.
The diktat has landed them into hassle with each the state and the nationwide lady fee.
The Nationwide Fee for Girls in a letter to issued to the media stated, “Have come across a media report captioned, “68 girls in Kutch institute hostel forced to undergo estrip’”, reported on February 14, 2020.
“The Fee is disturbed by the report of this incident at Sahjanand Women’ Institute in Bhuj, Gujurat. The experiences additionally states that, Kutch College authorities have taken the matter for inside question and based mostly on the discovering they might take additional actions.
“Nationwide Fee for Girls will arrange an inquiry workforce and go to the women on the institute hostel, to talk and inquire concerning the incident. NCW has additionally appraised the Kutch College in-charge Vice-Chancellor Darshna Dholakia and the DGP of Gujurat, Shivanand Jha (IPS) to look into the matter totally and report back to the Fee on the earliest on their motion taken experiences so far.
“Nationwide Fee for Girls has written to the Sahjanand Women’ Institute School Trustee, Pravin Pindora and the Principal, Rita Raniga to present rationalization of this shameful train going down of their Institute.
“The Fee encourages the women from the Institute to come back ahead and communicate with out concern on their grievances from this expertise to the discovering authority, or on some other related incidents of exploitation if occurred to them up to now, and was not addressed earlier than.”
The Gujarat State Girls Fee (GSWC) has additionally ordered the state police to hold out a probe relating to the alleged sexual harassment of scholars who have been compelled to take away their undergarments to be able to enable the checking whether or not they have been in menstrual cycles.
The ladies panel, taking cognizance of media experiences ordered the probe.
“By media experiences, I got here to know concerning the incident. I’ve spoken with the Police Commissioner and DSP Kutch relating to the matter.
“I’ve ordered them to hold out an investigation relating to the surprising incident. I’ve additionally requested our girls members of ‘Nari Adalat’ to look into the matter and communicate with the school college students.
“We have already got a workforce comprising 4 members in Bhuj, who shall be leaving shortly for the stated school,” Leelaben Ankola, the GSWC chairperson informed IANS.
“It will be only after the police investigation, that we will be able to tell whether the incidents requires a formal complaint to be lodged or not,” added Ankola.
The GSWC orders got here following media experiences that dozens of ladies college students residing within the women hostel of the school run by the Shree Swami Narayan Kanya Mandir in Bhuj have been requested to take away their undergarments following suspicion that they have been menstruating (when sure norms have been anticipated to be adopted below archaic societal custom).
The humiliating and public crackdown on college students got here after the school administration thought that the women have been violating norms banning menstruating girls from touching others and getting into some areas.