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 schools 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.