School asks Class 8 girls to strip for not paying Rs 750 fees

PATNA: Police in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Monday moved the court for speedy trial against administrators of a private school, charged with sending home two minor girls semi-naked as their parents could not pay the uniform fee.

The police had on Friday arrested director Bhavna Devi and principal Mukesh Kumar of BR Education Academy, a middle school (till Class 8) at Sikraula village in Koriya panchayat of Begusarai, 124 kms east of state capital Patna.

Begusarai superintendent of police Ranjit Kumar Mishra said the accused had on Friday forced the girls to take off their uniform as they had not paid its requisite fee.

“The school had some two months back distributed uniform among its students for which it had charged Rs 750. The girls had not paid the uniform fee,” said Mishra.

On Friday, when father of one the victims came to pick up his daughter after the dispersal of school, the accused asked him to pay the uniform fee. He reportedly sought some time for paying the money, after which the accused forced the girls to strip and return home semi-naked.

The SP said while the residence of one of the girls was a kilometre away from school, the other resided some 3 kms away and had to walk the distance in semi-naked condition.

“We arrested the accused within two hours of the complaint being lodged at the Mufassil police station. We are filing the chargesheet today (Monday) and will request the court for a speedy trial against the accused,” Mishra added.

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