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Girl’s caste taunt finger at seniors, matron

Midnapore, Aug. 3: A first-year tribal student of a Midnapore girls’ college has accused her hostel matron and two seniors of passing derogatory remarks about her caste and ragging her.

In her complaint to police, the physiology student of Raja Narendra Lal Khan Mahavidyalaya in Midnapore town said she had been slapped and beaten up by her seniors several times since getting a room in the hostel on July 9.

When the girl went to the hostel matron to complain, she allegedly taunted her for being a tribal.

The girl’s father, a teacher of a primary school in Bankura, said his daughter would complain to him over phone about the alleged ragging and plead with him to take her home.

“My daughter told me she was being physically tortured. Two seniors had slapped her, pulled her by the hair and taunted her several times for being a tribal. I had initially told her to adjust but later advised her to complain to the matron,” the girl’s father said.

According to the schoolteacher, his daughter called him up yesterday to say that the matron had “passed comments about her being a tribal”. “I decided to take her out of the hostel and go to the police.”

The police accepted the complaint this evening.

Krishna Maity, the college principal, said the girl should have approached her instead of going to the police.

“I told the girl’s father that we have an anti-ragging committee. But the student never told me anything. Now that I have come to know about the incident, I will enquire into it,” principal Maity said.