Srinagar: In a shocking case of harassment, a hostel warden in Gogjibagh, Srinagar apparently thrashed 16 girls, after the girls refused to abide by her instructions of cleaning her room.
The incident is said to have taken place on Thursday afternoon.
The incident came to light when the girls - all students of the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Rajbagh - came to class on Friday morning with their injuries. The hostel administration immediately rushed the girls to the SMHS Hospital for medical treatment.
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According to reports, the warden of the state-run hostel thrashed all 16 girls mercilessly, following which the authorities put her under suspension.
A police official looking into the matter, told PTI, "The students, belonging to Gujjar and Bakerwal communities, were on Thursday roughed up by their hostel warden for refusing to clean her room. The girls sustained injuries in the assault and two of them suffered fractures in their arms."
"Sixteen girls were beaten up and injured by the warden. All of them were discharged after receiving necessary treatment," the official said adding that swift action will be taken against the hostel warden for resorting to physical violence.
A report also stated that there were complaints about her behaviour earlier too but this was the first case when the warden is said to have resorted to physical violence.
The warden, who also teaches Hindi in the same school, is reportedly on the run after the matter came to light. The concerned authorities have suspended her and have also registered an FIR against her, the police official added.
Taking strong note of the incident, Director School Education Kashmir Shah Faesal placed the warden under suspension. She has been attached with Chief Education Office, Ganderbal, an official of the Education department said.