Raped at the age of 12 and ostracised by school authorities. This is the predicament of a tribal girl from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, who was barred from attending regular classes at her school and evicted from the hostel for “vitiating the school’s atmosphere”.
Although school principal Yogendra Prasad denied making the remark, he admitted to barring the girl from the school. “I never said they were vitiating the environment. I thought since rape is a serious issue here amongst tribals, it may hamper the studies of other students.”
Prasad also assured that he had given examination admission cards to both the girls and they will not be exempted from taking their exams.
The girl, from a village in Jhabua district, was locked up and raped repeatedly for three days in February 2012 by a teenager. Even as she was trying to come to terms with the horrific incident, the Class 9 student was barred from entering the government school where she was studying.
“I want to attend classes but the schools say I can only sit for exams that start on March 7,” the victim added.
Worried about his daughter’s education, the victim’s father appealed to the principal not to bar her from classes. “I don’t want any dispute. I just want my daughter to attend school.”
The father said the school had issued similar instructions to a friend of his daughter. According to police the girl’s friend may have had a role in the rape as accused was her friend.