A horrific and shocking incident took place in a college in Gujarat. 68 girls of Undergraduate (UG) program enrolled in the Shri Sahjanand Girls’ Institute (SSGI) in Bhuj were forced to remove their undergarments.
As per reports, the girls were forced to remove their undergarments individually and prove that they were not menstruating. The action was taken after the hostel warden complained to the principal that some girls have violated their religious practices by entering the temple and kitchen during their periods.
One of the girl who is a hosteller said that on Thursday, during their lecture, they were asked to come out of the classrooms and queue up in the corridor. She said that the principal insulted and abused them, and questioned if they were menstruating. Two girls, who were having periods, stepped aside.
No police complaint has been lodged in connection with the matter so far. However, a committee has been formed by the in-charge vice-chancellor of Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kutch University for investigating the matter.
The temple founded in 2012 is run by followers of Bhuj’s Swaminarayan Mandir. Around 1,500 students are enrolled in the college in various courses. The college has a boarding facility on campus. The 68 victim girls, who hail from remote villages, stay in the college hostel.
The sect’s norms prescribe that menstruating females should not enter the kitchen and temple. They are even barred from touching fellow students. These rules are followed strictly by the college’s management sidelining any concern of students.