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