Parents stage protest after Kolkata school 'accuses' 10 students of being lesbians

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 15, 2018

The stricter schools also resorted to corporal punishment. Looking at what the parents are saying, it feels like the school is arbitrarily labelling students as lesbians for holding hands, which sounds plausible, given the kinds of teachers I've met before. The authorities have probably forgotten where to draw a line. "These 10 students were called by the headmistress and they were forced to admit that they have indulged in lesbianism".

Kolkata: West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said that the state government will ask the management of a reputed girls school in the city whether it had secured written admission from 10 students that they had indulged in lesbianism.

Though, the school authorities denied this and said that their only aim was to bring the students on the 'right course.' "It was a simple act of disciplining the students".

The parents though refuted the charges and entered into a verbal confrontation with school officials.

Father of one of the victim's said that a 13-year-old doesn't know what a lesbian is. Angry parents had staged a protest outside Kamala Girls' School on Tuesday accusing the school authorities of forcing the girls to give a written statement to the acting headmistress that they had engaged in homosexual activities. Today we called the guardians to apprise them of the issue.

"Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing!" . "If the school finds that some students were at fault, it is free to take action against those students", the minister said.

However, he also admitted, "They can't ask the students to write anything if they are not guilty". On the other hand, of course, even if they were lesbians, there's no reason for their fellow students to rat on them, their teachers to persecute them and coerce them into signing documents, or for parents and teachers to work together to "cure" them of it.

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