Two girls, students of class VI in a private secondary school at Landaura, 8 km from Roorkee in Haridwar district, were stripped by their teacher in class as punishment after they scored low marks in the English test paper. After parents of the students protested, police registered a case against the woman teacher under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.
The incident that occurred on Tuesday has also prompted the education department to ask schools in the district to introduce training courses for teachers on “appropriate conduct”.
Giving details about the incident, superintendent of police (rural) Manikant Mishra said, “Parents of both girls alleged that the teacher first reprimanded the students and then took off their shirts in front of the entire class as they had performed poorly in an English test. When the girls reported the incident to their parents, they protested against the teacher in the school. A police officer reached the spot and pacified the parents. We have registered a case against that teacher under section 509 of the IPC.”
The section carries imprisonment for one year, or fine, or both.