Bhuj Hostel Stripping Case: Principal Among 4 Booked for Assault

An FIR has been filed against four people in the Bhuj Hostel case where students were forced to strip to prove that they were not menstruating.

The Principal, peon, rector and lawyer of the college have been booked for assault, obscenity and criminal intimidation, reported the Ahmedabad Mirror.

It was filed after one of the 68 girls who were forced to strip, came forward to register a complaint.

The National Commission for Women on Friday, 14 February said they have taken suo-moto cognisance in the matter and have set-up an inquiry team to visit and speak with the students.

The Gujarat State Women Commission (GSWC) has ordered the state police to carry out a probe regarding the incident where at least 68 girl students of Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI) in Bhuj were asked to remove their innerwear to prove that they were not menstruating, reported ANI.

Earlier, the institute’s dean, Darshana Dholakia, said that the matter was related to the hostel and the “permission” of the girls were sought.

“Matter is related to hostel and has nothing to do with university or college. Everything happened with girls’ permission, nobody was forced for it. Nobody touched them,” said Dholakia.

An inquiry team has reportedly been formed to look into the matter.

WHAT TRIGGERED THE ‘INSPECTION’

Speaking to The Times of India, a student who was asked to strip, said that it was “sheer mental torture and had no words to describe it.”

According to the newspaper, a soiled sanitary napkin was found in the garden inside the hostel premises on Monday, 10 February. Suspecting one of the girls to have “thrown it”, the hostel authorities wanted to “find the culprit.”

While two girls confessed to it, the hostel wardens and the principal insisted on them stripping.

The hostel mandates that girls shift to the basement when they are menstruating, use separate utensils and sit in the back bench of the classrooms, the report said.

(With inputs from ANI and Ahmedabad Mirror)

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