A 15-year-old Dalit girl was forced to do 500 sit-ups by the superintendent of a government hostel in Madhya Pradesh, after she refused to clean the toilet at the latter’s house.
The girl studying in Class 8 fainted after doing 490 sit-ups. The incident took place at Kasturbagram Government Girls’ Hostel in Betma, 29km from Indore, on August 8.
The Madhya Pradesh Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission has demanded the dismissal of the hostel superintendent, Sandhya Tiwari, and asked the education department to initiate a probe against her.
Earlier the victim and her mother had come all the way from their village, Singoda, in Depalpur tehsil to Indore and narrated the incident to commission member Jagdish Devera after the police did not take up the case seriously.
The girl who has difficulty walking even 10 days after the incident, alleged that Tiwari had made derogatory comments against her and her grandmother, when she came to take the girl back from the hostel on August 9.
According to her mother, even the police behaved callously, making inappropriate comments, when she sought to lodge an FIR against Tiwari.
Devera said the commission’s preliminary investigation had found that the girl was victimised by Tiwari. “We don’t want Tiwari to hold on to her post as she might try to manipulate the investigation or threaten the victim,” he added.
This incident is, however, not an isolated case. On Saturday, an unprivileged Class 8 student was forced by his teacher to beg for money from his classmates, as a punishment for failing to bring a pen to school in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.