Govt probe into school 'confessions'

The government will investigate the role of the south Calcutta school accused of forcing students to give in writing they had indulged in indecent acts on the campus.

By Subhankar Chowdhury in Calcutta
  • Published 15.03.18
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Calcutta: The government will investigate the role of the south Calcutta school accused of forcing students to give in writing they had indulged in indecent acts on the campus.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday that he had sought a report on the matter from the school education secretary.

"What the school has done can't be approved of. They had extracted the statement under duress, which can have dangerous implications," the minister said. "The report will reveal the truth."

The state-aided girls' school had summoned the guardians of 12 Class IX students on Monday to show them the purported confessions by their daughters.

The guardians claimed the school had victimised some of the girls for giving statements against an employee accused of molesting a student.

The school should have handled the matter in a "matured way", minister Chatterjee said. "Ideally, they should have first spoken to the guardians about the problem that appears to be typical of complications that crop up during adolescence. But the school extracted the statement from the students and then showed it to the guardians on Monday. This is not a sign of handling the matter in a matured way."

Referring to last month's molestation complaint involving an employee of the school, Chatterjee said it was unfortunate that the school was repeatedly getting involved in "untoward instances".

The school's teacher-in-charge is accused of calling the students to her chamber on Friday and telling them their classmates had complained that they indulged in sexual misconduct on the campus on several occasions.

The guardians have claimed that some of her colleagues were with her in the room when the students had been called.

The school apparently asked them to give written confessions as their classmates had submitted written complaints against them.

At least four of the 12 girls had given statements against the employee accused of molesting a Class IX student last month.

The employee had been arrested following guardians' protests.