Published: 01st May 2019
Punjab college students protest after girls forced to strip over used sanitary napkin found in hostel toilet
Two security guards and two wardens were terminated following the incident that took place in Akal University, Punjab
Four employees of the Akal University here have been terminated following an incident where girls in one of the hostels in the campus were allegedly asked to strip by a warden.
Girls students at the varsity staged a protest in Punjab on Tuesday after the warden of the on-campus hostel allegedly asked them to strip in order to check who was menstruating and could have dumped a used sanitary pad in the toilet.
Two security guards and two wardens were terminated following the incident.
"We received a complaint from the students following which a committee was set up and four employees were immediately terminated," said MS Johal, Dean, Academics, Akal University.
"We are trying to maintain a healthy relationship and two-way communication with the students so that such incidents do not occur again," Johal added.
This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in our country.
Last year in March, in a disturbing incident reported from MP university, a woman warden had strip-searched 40 girl students after a used sanitary pad was found dumped in the hostel premises.
In another instance, in November 2018, at a government school for girls in Kundal village of Punjab, two teachers allegedly stripped down girl students to find out who was menstruating after finding one discarded in the school washroom. The students had said that they were very uncomfortable with this form of interrogation. A video of two female students crying after the incident had gone viral at that point.