Gang rape survivor denied admission in schools because 'she would spoil the atmosphere on campus'
The girl was gang-raped on August 14, 2018, by her fellow students at a boarding school in Uttar Pradesh, India
Law enforcement authorities in Dehradun, India, revealed on Friday that a police complaint has been filed by the parents of a Class 10 student, who was gang-raped at a boarding school in the area, alleging that schools in the city are not granting admission to their daughter following the incident. The schools claimed that the reason for denying her admission into their institutions is that she would spoil the atmosphere on campus.
Senior Superintendent of Police Nivedita Kukreti said that, according to the complaint, the girl was denied admission in multiple schools approached by the embattled parents. She said that one of the schools blatantly denied her an entry on the ground that enrolling her would "spoil the atmosphere on campus".
"We are looking into the complaint. We will send a team to the school concerned to take its version on Monday as it closed for the holidays. Meanwhile, we are also exploring the legal course of action to be taken in a case like this," Kukreti said.
The superintendent added that appropriate action will be taken against the school administration if the charges are found to be true. As of now, the girl's parents have sending their daughter to a school outside the city of Dehradun.
Yogendra Khanduri, the former chairman of the Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights, called the discriminatory treatment meted out to the girl as "unfortunate".
"How can they deny admission to the child? If the girl has merit, there is no reason why they should refuse to take her in," he told PTI. "They should give her admission even on a humanitarian ground as she is a rape survivor who has suffered trauma," he said.
While the girl was gang-raped at a school in Sahaspur in Dehradun on August 14 by her fellow schoolmates, the incident was kept under wraps by school authorities until a month later on September 17, when it came to light.
The case led to the arrest of a total of nine people, four students who were accused of committing the crime and five members of the school staff - including the institute's director, principal, as well as the administrative officer.
The survivor’s lawyer Aruna Negi Chauhan meanwhile said that even after five days of filing complaints with several departments, no government official had approached her yet. “We had filed complaints on October 16 but except the child rights commission, no other body has approached us,” Chauhan said. She added that a complaint had also been filed with the school concerned but the school management had also not issued a clarification.