The police sent a Class 12 girl, who forced her junior to strip, to a children’s shelter home and arrested the principal and a teacher of Jodhpur’s Sohanlal Manihar Girls Senior Secondary School for allegedly trying to hush up the ragging case.
Five students of Class 12 allegedly ragged and forced a 17-year-old student of Class 11 to undress on July 8 inside a toilet. Two students forced the victim to undress, while two others assisted them in the act, the police said. Shocked by the harassment, the girl refused to return to school.
The victim’s parent lodged a case on Wednesday after school principal Vidharti Kalla and administration tried to brush aside the incident.
The police took the main accused into custody on Thursday and sent the minor to a children’s shelter home following the juvenile justice board’s directions. Kalla and teacher Indermal Goyal were arrested late on Thursday night and produced before the court which granted them bail.
Police are now trying to identify the other students who were part of the ragging. The school management has suspended the key accused in the case for a week.
Victim writes to HM, records statement
The victim recorded her statement before a magistrate on Friday. The girl also wrote to the school administration to cancel her admission and refund fees.
In a letter to the state home minister, the girl has demanded that a special investigating officer be deputed to probe her case and urged the state government to cancel accreditation of all those schools where cases of ragging have been reported.
“If such a step is not taken, several of the students will be forced to drop out mid-term,” she said in her letter.
The girl warned in the letter that she might be forced to take an extreme step if not given justice.