Tamil Nadu: School Principal Allegedly Forced Dalit Students to Clean Toilet

New Delhi: A school principal in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district was allegedly forcing six Dalit students to clean a school toilet.

One of the students’ parents has filed a complaint against the school headmistress, and the police are now looking for her. “HM Ms Geetha Rani singled out only SC children to clean the toilet,” the Class V student’s mother said in her complaint, according to NDTV.

She said she learnt of the incident after her son had to be hospitalised with dengue recently.  “When I asked him how he got dengue, my son said he was bitten by mosquitos when he handled bleaching powder and cleaned the toilet daily,” NDTV quoted her saying.

“Last week, a parent saw them coming out of the toilet with sticks and mugs. When asked, they said they cleaned the toilet, and that the headmistress asked them to do it. 40 children study in that class, and most of them are our scheduled castes children. She has asked only our children to do this,” she continued.

Police have filed a case under the Juvenile Justice Act and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “The head mistress of the panchayat union school at Palakarai is absconding. We have formed special teams to arrest her. Investigation is on,” a police officer told NDTV.

This article was first published on The Wire.