The parents and students of Pune based Maeer’s MIT school were dumbstruck to read a controversial directive by the school on the code of conduct related to girl students’ innerwear. The school, as reported by ANI, specified that the girl students must wear a specified colored innerwear while coming to the school. The girl students are also instructed to visit washroom only at a specified time period. Additionally, the school has also instructed the girl students about their school skirts’ length.
The parents and the students have called this as a diktat by the school, unable to understand the logic behind it. The code of conduct is specified in writing, reportedly, in the school diary and that the parents are asked to accept it and sign it. “The girls are asked to wear either white or skin colour innerwear. They have even mentioned the length of the skirt to be worn by them. They have all these things in the school diary and have asked us to sign it,” a Maeer’s MIT School student’s parent told ANI.
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The school has also mentioned the actions that the school authority will take in the case, parents or students fail to adhere to their code of conduct. The school administrators have clarified that their decision to bring such policy is in favour of the students and parents. “The intention to give such specific directives in the school diary was very pure. We had some experiences in the past which made us take this decision. We did not have any hidden agenda,” said Suchitra Karad Nagare, Executive Director, MIT Group of Institute. Nagare called the school authority’s intention as ‘very pure’ and that it is not to trouble the parents and the students.
Notably, a similar allegation was put against MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul Higher Secondary School, Pune where a 17-year old girl student had complained of being ‘strip-searched’ before the HSC exam on February 21, 2018. The 17-YO girl complainant had said that two woman staffers of the school had asked her to remove her inner wear to check if she is carrying any copy material. Media reports suggest that the search was allegedly carried out on several female students, to curb any kind of cheating during the exam. An FIR was registered in the matter by the police officials after the complaint, and an inquiry was called for.