Gandhi Memorial College:Students protest against corporal punishment


SRINAGAR: Scores of female students from Gandhi Memorial College Srinagar Thursday staged a massive protest against what they termed as ‘dictatorial’ attitude of the incumbent Principal while according to them they were severely thrashed by the said Principal for the fault of their none.

The female students of BBA Final Year from Gandhi Memorial College assembled here in Press Enclave. The protesting students alleged that without any reason, the Principal of the college awarded them corporal punishment. “We the girl students had locked the classroom and were discussing class subject when suddenly the Principal knocked at the door. As I opened up the door, without any reason or question, the Principal slapped thrice on my cheek and hit other girl students with a thick stick,” the protesting students told CNS adding that they failed to understand for what they were targeted.

While displaying her swollen hand, one of the students said that the agitated Principal hit her so hard that her ring in finger got disfigured. “We are sacred the way she treated us. She pounced upon us like a wolf. It has become a routine for her to humiliate students,” the students said and appealed Education Minister to look into the matter and initiate action against the ‘erring’ Principal.

“We are being harassed and haunted. What’s our fault? The behavior of the Principal is unacceptable. She hurts her physically and torments us mentally,” said a student with tearful eyes.

Principal GMC Anjali Razdan said the girl students were taken to task for locking the class-room. “I know the girl students were discussing a subject part of their curriculum but to lock the classroom goes against the norms of the college,” the Principal said adding that sometimes she has to act tough to maintain discipline in the college. (CNS)

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