St Andrews School principal held for forcing Class IX student to strip

She was later released on bail

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 9, 2012 1:01 am

She was later released on bail

The Bundgarden police,on Wednesday,arrested the headmistress of St Andrews High School for Girls for allegedly forcing a Class IX student to strip in her office and thrashing her.

Police produced Neeta Andrews Borde (51) before the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) R L Wankhede,seeking seven-day magisterial custody for her. After the custody was granted,she applied for bail and the court released her on furnishing solvent surety of Rs 15,000.

According to police,the 14-year-old girl from Mumbai stayed in the school’s hostel on the school premises. The said incident happened between July 9 and 16,after which she had informed her parents. They immediately lodged a complaint with the police. After verification from other students and staff,an FIR was registered on Monday night under Sections 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC.

Assistant inspector Ashok Randive said,“The girl told us that the headmistress beat her on July 9 in her office for allegedly misbehaving in school. Her hand was swollen and she was treated at a private hospital in Camp. She also told us that the headmistress forced her to strip in front of other students,clerk and peon on July 16.”

Dr V J Sirwaiya,principal of Wilson College,Mumbai,and secretary of John Wilson Education Society which runs the school,visited the school on Wednesday. “We will soon constitute a committee for our internal investigation and accordingly strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” he said.

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