At an Education Institute in Gujarat’s Bhuj. As many as 68 girls from Shri Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI) were taken to out of their classrooms and paraded to the hostel washroom and were allegedly forced to remove their underwear to prove they weren’t menstruating.
This incident came out when the Hostel warden had complain to the principal that some if the inmates are violating the “religious norms” especially those who are associated with menstruation. But the menstruating women are not allowed to enter the Kitchen or the temple and even barred from touching other students during these days.
Ahmedabad based leading woman activist and founder of Srishti Bharat Foundation Anar Mehta reacted on this whole incident and said, “The Government should take Quick and the necessary Action against the guilty of the Institution. She works towards the empowering women and thus says that empowering women is empowering Society and thus the nation.”
SSGI advertises itself as an establishment that believes in providing “quality education of global standards on a strong foundation of Indian values and traditions to girl students based on current advances in science, technology and societal demands”. It also places “emphasis on commitment progress, peace, harmony and national integration”.
National Commission for Women said in a letter that they had set an inquiry team for this matter and will also visit the Institute for the further investigation. The National Commission for Women said that they had also appraised Kutch University in-charge Vice Chancellor Darshna Dholakia and the DGP of Gujurat, Shivanand Jha (IPS) to look into the matter. National Commission for Women has written to the Sahjanand Girls Institute College Trustee, Pravin Pindora and the Principal, Rita Raniga to give explanation of this shameful exercise taking place in their Institute. The Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani cannot wash off his hands by just ordering an inquiry. Why is the inquiry not headed by a woman? At least the CM can ask the Education department to cancel the recognition of Sahajanand College and transfer the students to another college.