Madhya Pradesh officials have suspended a teacher and ordered an inquiry into his allegations that he asked a 10-year-old tribal student to take off her dirty uniform in front of other students.
According to a picture posted on social media on Friday, the incident occurred in Bara Kala village in Shahdol district, where the girl was only wearing her undergarments while her teacher, Shrawan Kumar Tripathi, was washing her clothes and other girls stood nearby.
According to some villagers, the student had to sit in that condition for about two hours until her clothes dried.
As a teacher at the tribal affairs department’s primary school in the village, Tripathi, who was posting pictures of the incident on the department’s WhatsApp group, called himself a “Swachhata Mitra” (cleanliness volunteer), an official said.
After pictures of the incident surfaced on social media, the villagers expressed anger.
The MP Tribal Welfare Department’s assistant commissioner Anand Rai Sinha told PTI that Tripathi was suspended on Saturday after he learned about pictures of the incident.
The teacher allegedly asked the girl to take off her soiled uniform in front of other students after seeing it was dirty, the official said. In addition, Sinha ordered an investigation.