A 17-year-old student at an all-girls secondary school in Jodhpur was allegedly ragged by seniors and forced to undress on school campus, an incident the school authorities repeatedly denied to acknowledge or address.
A case was filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act 2012, against five students of the Sohanlal Manihar Girls Senior Secondary school , who, the girl’s father alleged, had cornered his daughter in the bathroom and bullied her during lunch break.
The matter came to light when the girl came back home in a state of shock on July 8. Upon coaxing her, the girl narrated her ordeal, that she was initially locked in a cubicle by one senior who told her strip. When she refused, the senior called in four more girls who together bullied the girl into submission. The group allegedly continued to tease her for 20 minutes before discarding the clothes and leaving.
The father approached the school the next day, seeking action against the bullies. However, school principal Vidharti Kalla denied that the incident had occurred, stating that lunch break was a busy time and such an act would not go unnoticed.
The parent approached the school once again on July 11, even meeting the parent of one of the accused bullies, who asked for the matter to be dropped.
The school administration continued to deny the incident and refused to take any action, leading to the father filing a police complaint at the Pratapnagar station on July 13.
Police identified one of the accused as a minor.
Station house officer Manish Dev told Hindustan Times that the victim was sent for medical examination on July 14 and further investigation was underway.