Students of an all girls’ school in Srinagar suffered broken bones and internal injuries when their hostel warden allegedly assaulted them for not cleaning her room and missing their school.
The 16 girls, aged between 13-15 years, were rushed to a hospital by the principal of the Girls Higher Secondary School, Rajbagh, when he saw them weeping during the morning assembly on Friday.
“I saw the girls with bandaged limbs. Many were weeping. After I enquired, they told me that the hostel warden had assaulted them ruthlessly for not cleaning her room. They said that the warden broke eight sticks on them,” said school’s principal Mohammad Amin.
He said that out of the 16 students, two suffered fractures and had to be admitted to the Bone and Joint Hospital. Four other girls were admitted to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital.
“Of the four, one is very serious. She has internal injuries and is vomiting blood,” the principal said.
The victims belong to a tribal community and were staying at the Gujjar and Bakerwal Hostel.
A student said the warden had objected to them taking an exam preparatory leave on Thursday. “We were preparing for our exams and had already informed our teachers. But the warden did not listen and just beat us up,” she said.
Another student said that the warden was a repeat offender when it came to assaulting them.
Meanwhile, police has filed a case against the accused following a complaint by the school principal.
“The parents of the school girls are yet to reach here. They live in very far off places. For the time being I am taking care of the students in the hospital,” the principal said.
Meanwhile, director school education Shah Faesal suspended the warden pending an inquiry, which has to be completed within 15 days.
“The joint director trainings Srinagar is appointed as the inquiry officer for conducting an in-depth inquiry into the incident after recording the statements and examining the evidences,” the director said.