A group of girls at a residential school in Muzaffarnagar were allegedly threatened and forced to strip by the principal, following which an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, reported from Kasturba Gandhi Girls Residential School.

                                      

According to a complaint filed by the parents of the victims, the junior class students of the residential school in this district were forced to strip by the principal to check if they were menstruating.

 

The principal allegedly threatened the students of dire consequences if they disobeyed her command, District Primary Education Officer Chander Kesh Yadav said.

 

An enquiry has been ordered, he said.

 

 

 

"There was no teacher around. We were called downstairs (from the hostel). Madam made us take off our clothes saying she will beat us if we did not. We are kids, what could we do? She would have beaten us if we did not obey her," one of the students said.

 

The principal, however, has denied the allegations.

 

"No one asked them to remove clothes. All this is a conspiracy by the staff because they do not want me to stay here. I had been asked to check whether the staff was performing their duties. I am strict, that is why they hate me," she said to PTI.

 

Meanwhile, 35 out of the total 65 students of the school left after the reports of harassment by the principal surfaced.

 

Many students have come forward with the similar allegation, Yadav said, adding the matter is being probed.

 

With inputs from PTI