Raking up a controversy, a biology teacher of Raipur Kendra Vidyalaya allegedly told her students that the 2012 Delhi gangrape of the 23-year-old woman 'was her own mistake, and not of her rapists' and warned them against wearing jeans, lipstick or "revealing clothes", or going out at night with boys.
Girls in the class first wrote an anonymous complaint to the principal on Thursday, but the principal admitted it seemed outlandish to him and thought it was a prank.
Then, the girls of Class IX and XI secretly taped Shankhwar's 'counselling sessions' and shared the audio clippings with the complaint as proof of the 'mental harassment' they faced, reports Times of India.
"Girls expose their body only when they don't have beautiful faces," biology teacher Snehlata Shankhwar allegedly told students. "Girls have become so shameless - why did Nirbhaya go out so late at night with a boy who wasn't her husband? It's difficult to understand why an issue was made of this. Nirbhaya's mother shouldn't have allowed her to go out so late at night."
The girls have told their parents that they feel very embarrassed to sit in class with boys when the teacher goes on and on about girls wearing skimpy clothes.
In her defence, Shankhwar told ANI that she had seen some students from Class 11 outdoors at 8:30 pm and had asked them to go home. "A student's safety is in their own hands," she added. "What happened with Nirbhaya was wrong but had she not gone out late she could have saved herself."
However, KV Sangathan authorities have sought a detailed report from the principal, who has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The 23-year-old girl Nirbhaya, was brutally gang-raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012.