60 girls forced to take ‘men­stru­a­tion’ test for meals in Gu­jarat hos­tel

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BHUJ: More than 60 girl stu­dents of a col­lege in Bhuj district were al­legedly forced by hos­tel au­thor­i­ties to re­move their un­der­gar­ments to check if they were men­stru­at­ing, dur­ing meal­time. As the al­le­ga­tion caused an up­roar, po­lice reached the in­sti­tute to be­gin a probe on Fri­day. The in­ci­dent al­legedly took place on February 11 in a hos­tel of the Shree Sa­ha­janand Girls In­sti­tute (SSGI), run by a trust of the Swami­narayan Tem­ple. Darshana Dho­lakia, in-charge VC of the Kran­tig­uru Shyamji Kr­ishna Verma Kutch Univer­sity, to which the SSGI is af­fil­i­ated, has also formed a com­mit­tee to probe the in­ci­dent. “The hos­tel has a rule that girls hav­ing pe­ri­ods are not sup­posed to take meals with other in­mates. How­ever, some men­stru­at­ing girls broke this rule. “When the mat­ter reached the au­thor­i­ties, some of the girls vol­un­tar­ily al­lowed a women em­ployee to check them,” Dho­lakia said. “Girls have told me they apol­o­gised to au­thor­i­ties for break­ing hos­tel rules. Girls told me they were not threat­ened and it was they (girls) who were at fault,” Dho­lakia claimed. A hos­tel in­mate said over 60 stu­dents were taken to the wash­room. “We were tor­tured at the be­hest of col­lege prin­ci­pal Rita Raninga. We want strict ac­tion against her and other staff mem­bers in­volved in the in­ci­dent,” she said.

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