Girls In Dharampur School Allege Poor Food, Harassment | Surat News – Times of India

SURAT: Over 200 girl students of Karchond Kanya Saksharta Nivasi Shala of Dharampur in Valsad along with their parents took part in a protest demanding action against the school’s cook on Wednesday. The students alleged that they are not being served quality food and whenever they complained to the school’s senior officials, they faced resistance and were pressured to remain silent.
The girls had also submitted applications to the school’s principal with allegations of poor food quality. They allege that while they were making a verbal representation in a meeting, some of the male staff working in the school’s kitchen started harassing the girl students.
Around 600 girl students study in the residential school, the kitchen of which is managed by a contractor. The girls claimed that all their complaints about poor food fell on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the parents of the girl students along with tribal leaders from the region approached the police and demanded an FIR against those involved in the harassment of the girls. Cops have recorded statements of a few parents and the students. However, the police are yet to register an FIR based on their plaint.
“Police are conducting a preliminary investigation and collecting evidence. There are complaints related to harassment and poor quality of food,” said a police officer in Dharampur police station. Police officials claimed that they are yet to finalize if an offence can be registered. Cops are also exploring if there is political influence in the entire issue.