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Slapped by principal, teacher goes to SWC

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 10:33 IST
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A SENIOR teacher of a city school was allegedly ‘slapped’ by her principal. The matter has now reached the Women Commission. The  school management too has ordered an inquiry.

Complainant Asha Charles, who has been associated with the Lucknow Christian College School (Golaganj) for the last three decades, said principal Ashish D Hemlin punished her for raising a query on September 21.

According to her, the incident took place at around 10.30 am when some of the teachers had gone to ask the principal about holiday on September 22 and 23.

The teachers also wanted to complain about some students, who used abusive language standing at the main gate after the school hours.

“Shouting at me, the principal first asked me to sit. Then, instead of taking action against the boys who were creating nuisance, he demanded their history sheets,” Charles said. “When I informed him that the empty history sheets were in my custody, he slapped me and asked me to leave the room,” Charles added.

Seeking justice, she then reported the matter to the Women Commission.

Principal Hemlin has termed the complaint as an act of “personal grudge”.

“Nothing of this sort happened. There were only discussions about holidays and I told the teachers that I needed to confirm the same from the management,” he said. I even conveyed to the teachers that September 23 was a holiday, but beyond this nothing happened,” added Hemlin.

He also expressed surprise over the allegations of the senior teacher.

The probe panel set up by the school management is yet to submit its report.