Ghaziabad: After the confinement of at least 16 girls aged 4 and 5 to the basement of a school in Delhi over “non-payment” of monthly fees came to light in July, a similar case in a Ghaziabad school has cropped up now. The district police on Monday booked the principal and admin in-charge of GD Goenka school for harassing two sisters over non-payment of annual fee charges.
Police said that an FIR has been registered against Vandana Medha and admin in-charge Vibha of GD Goenka School at Rajnagar Extension under IPC sections 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement) and section 75 of Juvenile Justice (JJ) act by the girls’ parent.
Both the girls, a class sixth and a class 12th student respectively, were confined by the principal within the school premises for nine hours and were not allowed to attend the classes. The mother of the two girls alleged that the girls were not allowed to enter the school premises by five teachers August 20 morning. She said that the school called and asked her to pick up her children upon which she insisted that they are let inside.
She added that she did not hear from the school authorities until the time the school got over. “Till 1.30, when school ends, I got no communication from their side.” She went on to add that they didn’t let the children leave the school with the driver and insisted that she show up at the school. “I was in Gurgaon for a meeting and said it would take me a long time to reach. They didn’t even let me talk to my children on the phone,” she said.
She further said the children were crying and told her that they were confined to a room and weren’t allowed to use the washroom without a maid. The children were handed over to her at 4 PM while the school gets over at 1:30 PM, she claimed.
The woman said that her children suffered because there had been a conflict between her and the school authorities over the school’s annual fee increment, which she had refused to pay. SHO, Sihani Gate, Sanjay Pandey said that they had registered the woman’s complaint after carrying out a preliminary investigation and evidence pointed out wrongful confinement.
However, the school authorities said that the allegations leveled are baseless and untrue. The school’s principal said that the girls had come late to school and the driver had come to pick them up without an escort so they had solicited the mother’s presence. It had nothing to do with the fee increment.