The Class 10 students of New Era School, Kundan Puri, have alleged that the principal put ink marks on their faces just because they failed to submit their passport size photographs. Though a few students said they were thrashed, the principal, Anju Yadav, rubbished such claims.
Rukeya, one of the students, said, "We had to submit our photographs to the school but we did not do so. So the principal put ink on our faces to punish us."Her brother Mohammad Gulzar claimed, "Rukeya came back home with ink on her face today. She told us that her principal had put ink on her face along with other students who had failed to submit their photographs."
Shivani, another student, alleged that she was punched twice on her face while another student Vandana was "slapped"by the principal.
Shivani said, "About 12-13 students of my class were punished and most of them were girls. School principal punched me twice and also slapped Vandana because we did not submit our pictures."
Shivani's father Sanjeev Kumar said, "The children had to submit their details to the school including their photographs. Even if they failed to do so, putting ink on their faces can't be justified."
Talking to Hindustan Times, principal Anju Yadav said she had been asking the students to submit their photographs since May but most of them had been ignoring her request. "I announced for submission of photographs in May after which the summer vacations began. The school reopened on July 2 and since then I have been asking the students to submit their photos as I have to upload these on the website as per the requirement of the board."
On being asked if the allegations were true, she replied, "I asked a student of the class to put ink on the faces of those who have not given their photographs to scare them a bit. The ink put was minimal and was wiped by the students immediately. The motive behind this was to make them realise that they must listen to their elders."
She added, "I did not raise my hand to any of the students. The allegation that I hit Shivani or Vandana is nothing more than a cooked up story."