A student of a city college was allegedly stripped and searched by a teacher who suspected that she was carrying a cell phone to class against college rules.
The incident came to light after the girl, a student of Prince Shri Venkateswara Arts and Science College, lodged a complaint against her physical education teacher to the vice-chancellor (V-C) of the University of Madras.
“We have not given any directions to colleges on any dress code or on use of cellphones on college campuses. I have directed a committee to look into the matter,” said V-C G Thiruvasagam. Students across city colleges condemned the incident.
“If you do not want them to carry a phone, there are ways to check it. Also, mobile is important to us as we travel a lot and need to keep in touch with our families,” said Chandrika Cycil, a student of Women’s Christian College.
Another student of Venkateswara college, Lakshmi (name changed), said, “During monthly exams, the college staff checks our bags. They randomly pick students and check them.”
Yet another student, Rajesh (name changed), added: “The boys are asked to empty their pockets and patted down in the classroom. Girls are usually taken to separate rooms for a body search.” The principal of Venkateswara college was not available for comment.