Principal confines sisters in school, booked

Students forced to stay for more than 9 hours over ‘non-payment of annual charges’

The principal and administration incharge of G.D. Goenka School in Ghaziabad were booked on Sunday for confining two sisters on the school premises over non-payment of annual charges. The incident happened on August 20.

The police have booked Principal Vandana Midha and administration incharge Vibha of the Raj Nagar Extension-based school under IPC Section 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act (cruelty to child).

Ms. Midha did not respond to calls and text messages for a comment.

The girls’ mother has alleged that her daughters were not allowed to return home in the school van and were forced to stay on the premises for over nine hours before she reached school.

Fee structure

The mother said the principal detained the girls in her office and did not allow them to attend classes.

She stated in her complaint said that the annual charges were not paid as the school administration had failed to provide the fee structure despite several requests. Moreover, she said, the district administration also made it clear that schools cannot take extra money from parents in the name of annual or other charges.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had on August 21 asked the police to initiate an investigation and file its report within seven working days.

NCPCR action

The mother said police action was a major blow to the “authoritarian attitude” of the school.

“The principal told me that if I wanted my children to continue studying in the school, I will have to follow their diktats,” she alleged.

“The teachers have stopped calling my younger daughter’s name during the roll call since I approached the police. The school is trying various techniques to put pressure on me. The police should arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible,” she said.

Alleging that the police had delayed probe, the All School Parents’ Association (ASPA) president said the NCPCR’s involvement pressurised the police to take action. “The arrest will set an example for the schools that resort to such kind of practices to procure illegal fees from parents. After the [arrest], all schools will fall into line,” said the victim’s mother.

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