A tribal student at a state-run boarding school in Maharashtra’s Nashik district has claimed that a male teacher stopped her and other girls from menstruating by planting trees during a plantation drive, prompting the Tribal Development Department to order an investigation. . In her complaint request, the 12th grade student of the science faculty claimed that the teacher told her and others that trees will not grow and burn if girls with menstrual periods plant them.
The girl is a prisoner of Ashram High School for girls in Devgaon in Trimbakeshwar taluka. A senior Tribal Development Department (TDD) official confirmed receipt of the complaint.
Statements from everyone, including the girls’ class students, teachers, the inspector and the principal will be taken and an investigation will be launched, said Additional Commissioner Sandeep Golait. On Wednesday, Varsha Meena, an additional collector from Nashik district and TDD project worker, met the girl at school and asked about her problems.
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According to the complaint, the teacher had asked girls who were menstruating not to plant trees during the plantation campaign that was held on the school grounds last week. The school has 500 girl students.
The teacher told the students not to go near trees because the saplings planted last year were not growing due to menstruation, the complainant said, adding that she could not plant a sapling. The girl then approached Bhagwan Madhe, the district secretary of Nashik, Shramjeevi Sanghatna. Madhe said the girl could not oppose the male teacher because he is her class teacher and had threatened her that 80 percent of grades are in the hands of the school authorities.
He claimed that the school has also made the urine pregnancy test (UGP) mandatory for admission, although there is no such rule and has let the students bear the cost. Madhe said he spoke to Golait by phone and filed a memorandum against the teacher involved by visiting Adivasi Vikas Bhavan in Nashik on July 26 with the girl.
The teacher taunted the complainant and other girls. Students at the school also have other complaints, such as the lack of hot water for bathing and mattresses to sleep on. The school has also made the urine pregnancy test (UPT) mandatory for admission, although there is no such rule and has made the students bear the cost,” he told PTI.
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