Srinagar, June 18: A hostel warden is alleged to have thrashed 12 girls mercilessly-all of them underprivileged tribal girls-when the girls refused to abide by her instructions of cleaning the rooms and the dining hall.
Students alleged that the warden thrashed over a dozen students, eight of whom were seriously injured and 2 received fractures.
Shahida Noor, class X student from Harwan said, "Warden ma'am asked the girls why we they did not go to school. Since examination of class VIII was starting today so they were doing preparations. But she did not listen and thrashed us ruthlessly. Earlier she asked the girls to clean the rooms."
All the girls between the age of 14-16 were groaning in pain throughout the night, though they were given first aid by the resident doctor.
They narrated the ordeal to their Principal the next morning who called the police and sent the students to the hospital. Mohammad Amin, principal of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Raj Bagh said, "The students were busy preparing for examination when warden asked them to clean her room. They said they have exams tomorrow and they would do it later. She became furious and thrashed them ruthlessly. Six students were seriously injured. Two of them suffered fractures while four are admitted in SMHS hospital. Eight others have got minor wounds."
Police have registered a case against the warden, but she has not been arrested so far. Meanwhile, director of school education Shah Faesal suspended Dr Shabnum till enquiry.
"Joint director (trainings)/Principal State Institute of Education Srinagar is appointed enquiry officer for conducting in-depth inquiry into the incident after recording the statements and examining. Cross examining the evidences and submit the factual report to the director school education Kashmir within 15 days," said Faesal.