16 Delhi KG School Girls Confined In Basement For Not Paying Fees

| July 11 , 2018 , 12:08 IST

In a brutal method of dealing with parents of 16 school girls from kindergarten who had reportedly not paid fees, the school allegedly locked up the 16 girls in the basement of the Delhi school, denying them water and forcing them to be confined in the heat of the basement.

Police on Tuesday registered a case under the Rabea Girls' Public School for allegedly illegally confining students in the basement of the premises for defaulting in payment of school fees.

"16 children were allegedly locked in the basement of the school. The parents alleged that the children who punished for non-clearance of fees. We have registered a case under section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act. We are investigating the matter," police said to ANI.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also sought a report on Rabea Girls' Public School issue where students were allegedly confined in the basement of the school premises for defaulting on payment of school fees.

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The parents of the school girls have alleged that the school authorities detained their children in the basement of the school building from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, despite soaring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius. Parents termed the treatment of the children as inhumane.

Zia Ud Din, one of the parents said to ANI, "Children were locked in the basement for non-clearance of fees. Yesterday (Monday) children were not in the classroom and were confined in the basement. I had even cleared the fees, in spite of that my child was punished. The Children were thirsty and were suffering in the heat. Police helped us. Even after I showed the proof of fees clearance, the Principal was not apologetic or remorseful."

Another parent, Muhammad Khalid, said, "If fees are not cleared, why are you punishing the kids? The girls were crying incessantly. We want the school authorities to not be inhumane."

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Ubaid Khan said, "I cleared the fees for the entire month, in spite of that my niece was punished so brutally."

The parents further added that the head mistress of the school had been informed of the issue.

Meanwhile, Farah Diba the head mistress of the school, rejected the allegations as wrong, saying that teachers were with the children who were playing in the basement. 

"Basement is where the children play, there were 2 teachers watching them, they usually sit on the ground and the fan had gone for repair that day. The allegations are wrong," Farah Diba, Head Mistress, Rabea Girls' Public School school.