Srinagar, January 25: It’s days since the ” sexploitation” scandal of school girl surfaced in Kashmir and parents of these girls raised their voice to make the issue public but the Directorate of School Education Kashmir has turned Nelson’s eye over the matter.
If the sources of local daily, Early Times are to be trusted, DSEK has initiated an internal inquiry only to kill time so that the police inquiry can be avoided which can possibly reveal the muck.
The racket was unearthed just recently in which Government Higher Secondary School in Srinagar has included a “middlemen” to force teenage girls to perform “cultural programs” at private residences of some “influential people“. The complainant alleges that the poor girls were made to perform in these private events under the pretext of big scholarships from school.
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The parents of these girls aggrieved that the process started last year with “auditions for cultural programs” by DSEK. It was a flagship program introduced by last Education Minister who was present at the finale held on November 21, 2015.
According to the local daily’s sources, it was during one the of the stage performances, where these govt. teachers introduced the girl participants to a man who would help them to bag “huge scholarships”. This man impersonates himself as the senior official in the Central Government. He told the girls that he was very satisfied with their performance, and assured them of “huge scholarships”. From the last one year, the man was in touch with the girls on mobile phone and even visited their school from time to time.
The sources further explained that the girls were told to practice singing and dancing by this man till the organization of an event where they would be given scholarship. Some girls even received phone calls from the same person informing them about a “secret cultural show” where their “scholarship” would be decided and they would get “thousands as monthly stipend.
The man told these girls to meet near Lal Chowk where from he would personally take them to the “secret venue”. The racket surfaced when the mother of one girl accompanied her. The man took all of them to a home in Harwan but he told the motehr to stay outside the house where the “scholarship would be granted”.
After a while, the mother rushed inside and what she saw was shocking. She found some young men waiting to “grab the girls”. The woman then rushed back home along with all the girls.
Subsequently, the parents staged protests against the “planned sell out of their daughters” at the school. They alleged that the school tried to sell their daughters to this man. However, the principal who is also one of the “influential” threatened the parents to stay silent or he will “ruin the future of their daughters”
The sources claim that the principal of the school is the sister of a former Commissioner Secretary who was close to previous Education Minister. They said that the transfer of this principal was politically motivated and she has been allegedly involved in the misadventures previously also.
The sources said that that the parents had filed a complaint in the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hassan Samoon who referred it to Director Education Shah Faesal. He also told the director to involve police in the case. But even after two weeks, the department is sitting silent.
“There is a political pressure from some former ministers who don’t want the matter to be exposed otherwise the accused teachers and the school principal should have been placed under suspension at the very first instance,” said a DSEK official on the condition of anonymity to Early Times.
However, the Director School Education Kashmir Dr Shah Faisal told this local daily that the case has been registered and department has started an internal inquiry.
A police case has not been registered yet. “We are looking into the matter internally,” he said.
On the otherhand, a delegation of aggrieved parents led by Shakeel Wali, President Kashmir Civil Society Coalition Accountability, appealed Governor NN Vohra to personally look into the matter.
They also appealed Director General of Police to look into the matter.