New Delhi: A group of 6 Scheduled Caste students were forced to clean toilets in a government primary school in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district. As the case unfolded, the headmistress ran away to avoid the consequences.
The police arrested the headmistress under the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, while the government also suspended her.
Soon after the incident was discovered, the parents organized a protest demanding the arrest of the headmistress. The Child Welfare Committee was also informed about the case.
One of the parents approached Erode District Collector H Krishnanunni, who asked the Education Department to take strict action immediately.
After that, an investigation was conducted into the matter and the accused headmistress was called several times to appear for her actions in the office, but she continued to skip the meetings.
Meanwhile, the mother of one of the deceased children filed a complaint with the police against the accused who has now escaped. Police have started efforts to nab her.
Kid contacted Dengue
In her complaint, she alleged that headmistress Githa was desperate to pick children from the SC community to clean the toilet.
The mother, whose son is studying in class 4, came in contact with dengue fever and fell ill. He was later admitted to the state hospital in Perundura. After that, the boy revealed the inappropriate behavior of the headmistress.
The child told his mother that he was bitten by a mosquito while using bleaching powder and cleaning the toilet daily.
They also asked to clean the teachers’ restroom
According to the Hindu, a total of 35 students belong to grades 1-5. class who belong to the SC community. The children told their parents that at least two students had to clean the restroom and the water tank every day.
It was also alleged that there were two washrooms, including one for teachers, and primary school children were forced to clean these toilets.