NHRC relief for Arunachal minors

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to pay Rs. 5,000 each to the 88 girls who were made to strip in school as punishment seven months ago.

Three teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGVB) in the state’s Papum district had made these 88 girls take off their clothes in front of the other students of the school when they denied writing a vulgar note about the head teacher and another student on November 23 last year.

A case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The NHRC made the recommendation after a report from the State government confirmed the stripping and found the action of the three teachers against the minor girls against basic human dignity and decency.

“After enquiry, the education department placed one teacher under suspension while the two others were removed from the services,” the NHRC said.

The commission said the State government’s report indicted the authorities and said they had “failed to protect the right to dignity of the 88 girls for which they are liable”.

The NHRC has also set a four-month deadline for a compliance report along with proof of payment.

It its report to the NHRC, the State said a show-cause had been served to the chairman of Arunachal Farmers’ Development Society that runs the KGVB.

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