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Class 12 Girls Strip-Searched At Exam Centre In Pune

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| March 4 , 2018 , 15:51 IST

Several Class 12 girl students have alleged that they were strip-searched by staffers while appearing for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination at a school in Pune on Saturday.

Police booked two female staffers under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code after the parents of the students lodged a complaint.

Meanwhile, the school has denied the allegations and said the girls were only checked, not asked to remove their clothes.

As per reports, female students of Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Junior College Pune have blamed staff members at the MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul School, Pune of forcing them to remove their clothes in washrooms at the exam centre to make sure they were not carrying notes to copy from. Around 80 female students have made this allegation.

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A student Kajal Jadhav reportedly said “Security officials Janaki Pathak and Asha Patil made us wait outside the exam hall, then took us to another room, where they forced us to remove our clothes.

Another student, Monika Shitole, said, “The security staffers checked different students each day. On February 28, I was asked to take off my clothes to see if I’m carrying notes. I declined and asked them to take my parents’ permission for the same. Until this time, many girls had stayed mum about this harassment, but we finally told our parents everything. They asked us to approach the police about this behaviour.”

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Refuting the allegations, MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul School principal Virendra Baviskar said, “This is incorrect. We have certainly frisked students to check if copy notes are being carried in, but no one has been asked to strip.”

On the flip side, Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Junior College principal Gavli Sitaram Mahaluk said, “We have been running a board exam centre for more than 20 years, but never checked students in this way. Forcing them to strip is highly irregular and a formal complaint against such security staffers is needed.”

Police sub-inspector Balasaheb Gavhane of Loni Kalbhor police station said, “The FIR was registered with us. We will investigate the accusations made against the two female staffers.”

Meanwhile, officials of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) also denied such incidents had taken place. An inquiry has been instituted in the matter.