The Punjab government on Saturday ordered an inquiry into reports that 13 girl students of a government school in Gurdaspur district were allegedly stripped by a female teacher who suspected them of stealing a Rs 500 currency note.
State education minister, Daljit Singh Cheema, said a report has been sought from the district education officer (elementary), Gurdaspur, in this connection.
According to an official release here, the minister said strict action would be taken if any teacher is found guilty.
According to Gurdaspur police, the teacher, who taught in a government girls middle school in a village in Gurdaspur district, found a Rs 500 note missing was from her wallet.
She later called seventh grade girl students and allegedly stripped them in a classroom to look for her note.
The victims disclosed the incident to their parents, following which one parent registered a case against accused under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty of woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and provisions of the SC/ST Act.