Dress code row: WB teacher slaps female colleague

Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 22:24

Kolkata: In yet another diktat on dress
code in an educational institution in West Bengal, a high
school teacher in Howrah was allegedly slapped by her male
colleague for wearing a salwar kameez to class.

Several male teachers of Aima Gazankol high school at
Shyampur village, 120 km from Howrah town, had objected to
four of their colleagues wearing salwar kameez to school.

Headmaster Shyamsundar Das had called a meeting to
sort out the matter and in the course of the debate, Ganesh
Mondal slapped Papri Deb, a source in the school said.

"The headmaster had only tried to convince Deb and the
other lady teachers that villagers might object if they did
not wear saris to school, instead of salwar kameez with mobile
phones dangling from their necks," the source said.

There is, however, no dress code in the school, the
source said.

Papri lodged an FIR with Shyampur police station
against Mondal, for assaulting her and insulting her, police
said.

Meanwhile, class X students decided to boycott classes
of the four lady teachers today but were dissuaded by the
headmaster.

The incident comes barely days after a lady teacher
was not allowed to take classes and assigned to the library
after she defied the students` union diktat to wear a burqa at
the Aliah University, the first Muslim university in West
Bengal.

The union had issued a directive in April that eight
women teachers must wear burqa to class.

Sirin Middya was, however, allowed to resume taking
classes after Vice-Chancellor Syed Shamsul Alam was urged by
Minority Affairs Minister Abdus Sattar to intervene.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 22:24

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